The California Housing Crisis

The backlash comes as California’s lack of housing supply is becoming a crisis. A postwar building boom gave birth to a labyrinth of freeways and sprawling suburbs, and between 1980 and 2010, coastal metro areas in California added new housing units at about half the rate of the typical U.S. metro area. Our golden state […]

2017: The Focus Ahead

Some shocking numbers have just come in. It has been reported that total housing inventory dropped 10.8% in December to 1.65 million existing homes available for sale, the lowest level since the National Association of Relators (NAR) began tracking housing supply in 1999. Inventory decreased 6.3% from last year and has fallen for 19 consecutive […]

Loan Originations at a High, More Homes For Sale Soon

Real estate predictions for the coming years are generally positive. With strong home sales, near-historic low interest rates, a refi boom, and steady home price appreciation, Freddie Mac’s economic team projects that mortgage loan originations will scale nearly $2 trillion for 2016. The projections from the current edition of the company’s Economic and Housing Research Outlook […]

Housing Barely Budging

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has conducted its Housing Market Index (HMI), which it produces in conjunction with Wells Fargo, for the past 30 years. The HMI is derived from new-home builder survey responses which in July reported an utterly static outlook. “For the past six months, builder confidence has remained in a […]

April Home Sales Surge, Foreclosures Drop

This just in: after disappointing March data, new home sales surged in April. The Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development reported this week that sales were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 619,000. This is an increase of 16.6% from the previous month and 23.8% higher than in April of […]