The Skinny Blog

Weekly Market Activity Report

We are within one of the most affordable home-buying environments in history, but prices are up and rates may well go up, too. Rising prices provide empirical evidence of healthy demand. If inventory is able to replenish itself over the course of the next several months, sales could break up the sluggishness seen in some
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Pending sales are back and ready to rumble along with their trusty comrade, inventory. After a slower start to the year, the numbers are rallying for a comeback. However, one number not rising is the number of people filing for unemployment. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, jobless applications continued their downward trend. This
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Was the entirety of the U.S. fixated on footy while the Americans still had a shot? Maybe for 90 minutes here and there, but the distraction of quadrennial global sports entertainment is not enough to affect weekly sales activity in a country more in line with the Super Bowl than the World Cup. More accurate
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The season of backyard grilling, outdoor festivals and extended family vacations is upon us. Those who are already safely tucked in an owned home are not likely thinking much about the housing market, but those who are fixing to buy or sell are living it daily. Not enough inventory or not enough money offered for
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Some economists do not believe that housing has established enough upward momentum to warrant a declaration of recovery, yet many market analysts are observing the rule of The Tortoise and the Hare. Fast, energetic upward spikes in sales may be exciting, but slow and steady wins the race. This phase of stabilization will likely show
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Price growth. It has been the result of low inventory in the market these days, and it would appear that the duration of the summer market will continue to see an increase in year-over-year median sales price. If inventory makes a significant leap, perhaps we'll see a different sort of impact on housing prices. Until
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Higher prices gave sellers reason for optimism in early 2014. As prices stabilize, some are sensing the formation of a counter-trend. Silly rabbits. Price alone does not determine the state of the housing market. Number of sales by housing segment, the types of households being formed and the availability of well-paying jobs all play important
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