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(Yahoo News) — There are two ways to discern today’s S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index numbers: home prices are at 10-year lows and likely to fall further or home prices are recovering because prices are declining at a slower pace.

Economist Karl Case, co-founder of the widely followed S&P/Case-Shiller index, has a more optimistic view on the market. He says there are cities and towns where the market “is cleaning and prices are holding” and notes that a reduction in new construction will bring the market more in line with the number of people seeking to buy.

“We’re bouncing along a rocky bottom,” Case says in the accompanying video.

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April 25, 2012 Posted by | Buying, Market Statistics, Miscellaneous, Selling | Leave a comment


Please check out my April 2012 Housing Trends Newsletter

Housing Trends eNewsletter is filled with U.S. Census Bureau key market indicators, consumer videos, blogs, a real estate glossary, mortgage rates and calculators, consumer articles, real estate radio, local community reports and local and national real estate sales and price activity provided by local MLSs and the National Association of REALTORS®.
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April 25, 2012 Posted by | Buying, Market Statistics, Selling | Leave a comment


Desert Underwater: Who Owns Your Home?

Posted: Nov 17, 2011 9:35 PM CST Updated: Nov 18, 2011 1:22 PM CST
By George Knapp, Chief Investigative Reporter – bio | email
By Matt Adams, Chief Photojournalist – email


LAS VEGAS — The foreclosure crisis has several causes, but government investigators now believe that high risk gambling by major banks is mostly to blame for the economic meltdown. Millions of Americans who played by the rules and paid their bills have lost their homes because banks and their service providers cranked out mountains of bogus mortgage documents.

In Nevada, tens of thousands of homeowners are in for a big surprise — they don’t really own their homes because the paper trail was corrupted from the beginning. And if the house you bought has ever been in foreclosure, there’s a strong chance you have a problem.

We’ve heard over and over how the government’s insistence that banks provide subprime loans so poor people could get mortgages is the primary cause of the meltdown. Subprime loans are a part of the problem, but only a tiny part. For the most part, the people who have lost, and are still losing their homes, did everything right and still got screwed.  Read more…..

and check out this video:

March 19, 2012 Posted by | Foreclosures, Market Statistics, Miscellaneous | Leave a comment


The Cycle of Investments

by The KCM Crew on August 5, 2011


August 5, 2011 Posted by | Market Statistics, Selling | Leave a comment


This is really funny and creative: US home prices sung like opera by  Timothy McDevitt

npr, Planet Money
Jacob Goldstein and David Kestenbaum

April 26, 2011

All Things Considered



Source: Case-Shiller Home Price Index, via Standard & Poors

Credit: Alyson Hurt

The Case-Shiller home price index is a powerful way to look at the story of housing in America. You can see the boom and bust all in one simple graph.

But when we go on the radio to talk about home prices, a graph isn’t much good to us — nobody can see it.

So we converted the Case-Shiller graph into musical notes.

Case Shiller opera

Jess Jiang/Case-Shiller home price index

We gave the sheet music to Timothy McDevitt, a baritone who’s getting a master’s degree at Juilliard. Then we got Karl Case and Robert Shiller — the economists who created the index — to listen to the music weigh in.

Here’s what the past decade of housing in America sounds like:
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May 7, 2011 Posted by | Market Statistics, Selling | , , | Leave a comment


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Lawrence You on housing market, posted with vodpod

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Distressed Sales: State by State

by The KCM Crew on March 23, 2011

We have often written on the impact foreclosures and short sales have on the value of the house next door. The Center for Responsible Lending has done great reporting on the subject. It seems distressed properties will be a challenge we will need to deal with for some time. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their Existing Sales Report. The report said:

Distressed homes – sold at discount – accounted for a 39 percent market share in February, up from 37 percent in January and 35 percent in February 2010.

This week, NAR released an Economic Outlook. In the report, they covered the percentage of overall sales that distressed properties represented in each state. Here is a map that accompanied the report: read more

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I like it. Pretty optimistic.

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February 25, 2011 Posted by | Buying, Foreclosures, Homes for Sale, Market Statistics, Selling, Short Sales | Leave a comment


This is a great article on KCM Blog on the future of real estate market

Demand for Housing Will Increase in 2011

by The KCM Crew on December 13, 2010 · 0 comments

The last Pending Home Sales Index from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) showed a substantial 10.4% month-over-month increase. According to NAR the index measures:

housing contract activity. It is based on signed real estate contracts for existing single-family homes, condos and co-ops. A signed contract is not counted as a sale until the transaction closes. Modeling for the PHSI looks at the monthly relationship between existing-home sale contracts and transaction closings over the last four years.

This increase confirms a growing feeling that demand for housing has begun to increase.

Both NAR and Fannie Mae expect an increase in sales over the upcoming five quarters. Here are their projections:

Bottom Line

Sales will increase over the next several quarters. The increase will initiate a housing recovery. However, price increases will not take place until current inventory levels diminish. That could take 12-18 months.

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December 13, 2010 Posted by | Buying, Foreclosures, Homes for Sale, Market Statistics, Selling | , , , | Leave a comment


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October 28, 2010 Posted by | Buying, Homes for Sale, Market Statistics, Selling | 2 Comments

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