Spring Buying Season is Sweet and Sour

The divide between the prices of homes Americans want to buy and the inventory of such homes is growing, suggesting first-time home buyers and high-end sellers might have a difficult year ahead of them. The result is likely to be swiftly rising prices at the low end and challenges for first-time buyers, and sluggish price […]

The Great Divide

Urban areas have benefited in recent years from an influx of younger workers seeking high-paying jobs. At the same time, land-use regulations have constricted supply, helping drive up prices. While the wealthiest homeowners had a rocky ride during the past decade, their homes have recovered most or all of the value they lost during the […]

Shifting Demographics: A New Norm

The quickening pace of home sales over the past year included a small rebound from two key segments of buyers who have been missing in action in recent years: first-time buyers and single women. A new normal means interest rates will be staying low – well below 5% for the next several years – amid […]

Real Estate Firms Remain Optimistic

Good news: the vast majority of real estate firms have an optimistic outlook for the future of the industry’s profitability and growth, according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) 2016 Profile of Real Estate Firms. Profitability expectations have declined from the 2015 survey, mainly due to inventory shortages and home-price growth, but real estate […]

It’s Time to Buy

Good news for current and potential homeowners: while renters are paying more, affordability is improving for those who own their homes. The number of cost-burdened homeowners declined in 2014 for the fourth consecutive year while today low-income renters are getting squeezed out by the more affluent. Three of California’s cities appear on a list recently […]

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 […]

The Fed’s Possible Interest Rate Increase

The Federal Reserve’s path to a rate increase is a treacherous one: a path paved with easy money from other global central banks and lined with a gauntlet of possible hazards. The markets may not believe the Fed will actually raise interest rates this year, but it may surprise them with at least one hike […]

Spring Buying Season & The Millennial Shift

Millennials are the first generation to come of age in the post-recession housing market in a relatively positive light. Yet the No. 1 barrier to entry for young, would-be homebuyers? Credit. “The mortgage industry is poised to experience a monumental shift as more millennial homebuyers begin to enter the market,” said Joe Tyrrell, executive vice […]

Pending Home Sales on the Rise

This just in: pending home sales rose in February, according to the Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator of housing market activity based on contract signings. Pending home sales rose 3.5% to 109.1 in February from a downwardly revised 105.4 in January, and is now 0.7% above February 2015 (108.3). Although the index […]

San Diego Interest Rates

On Thursday the National Association of Realtors said the share of first-time buyers is at the second lowest level in over 30 years. The 2015 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers reveals a home buying market driven by repeat buyers within two income households. Historically, first-time buyers constitute nearly 40 percent share of primary home […]