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Can Houston Weather the Oil Price Storm?

Can Houston Weather the Oil Price Storm?

This is an update for an article I did for Inman News a few weeks ago. Latest data below. In the last 14 months, oil prices have fallen by 60%. For most American consumers, this has been a pleasant bonus. Lower gas prices give us more money in our pock...
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Low Mortgage Rates Supporting Home Price Growth into 2016

Low Mortgage Rates Supporting Home Price Growth into 2016

For a while this summer it seemed like everyone expected mortgage rates to climb. However, since a peak in early July, rates have been drifting lower and are back under 4% – less than half their long-term average. With mortgage rates down from 4....
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How Sustainable are the Exorbitant Bay Area Home Prices and Rents?

How Sustainable are the Exorbitant Bay Area Home Prices and Rents?

I get a variation of this question nearly every day. Bay Area home prices are nuts. Both rents and values are rising. It seems out of whack with reality and sustainability. The other day I answered a question on Quora and I thought I would repeat it he...
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Are Home Sales Climbing or Falling?

Are Home Sales Climbing or Falling?

Sometimes the serendipity of my Twitter stream provides great food for thought. This morning, I saw this seemingly contradictory pair of tweets from housing market people I follow: Conflicting tweets about Home Sales from two people who work for the Na...
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Are we finally going to get some housing inventory?

Are we finally going to get some housing inventory?

The operative variable in our four-year housing recovery has been record-low inventory. There are many underlying reasons why inventory is low, but generally speaking, many people have had to hold on to their homes because their mortgage was underwate...
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Home Prices Will Beat Expectations This Quarter

Home Prices Will Beat Expectations This Quarter

Regular Altos Research readers will know that watching the headlines for changes in home prices is like looking at your salad to learn how well your garden is tended. Three months ago, 2015 looked moderately bullish for home prices. Inventory has been...
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Phoenix housing market accelerating into 2015

Phoenix housing market accelerating into 2015

The Phoenix housing market has been an interesting one to watch over the past few years. Due to strong demographics and smart foreclosure laws, Phoenix was the first market to strongly recover from the bubble burst in 2011 and has enjoyed four solid ye...
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A Ray of Sunshine for Chicago Home Buyers

A Ray of Sunshine for Chicago Home Buyers

Good news for home buyers in Chicago: a slower-moving market may help keep price increases in check this year. Let’s look at the amount of time it takes to sell a house in Chicago – currently about 145 days. Days on market (DOM) is an important mea...
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San Francisco rents are higher than New York’s, but buying a home is still cheaper

San Francisco rents are higher than New York’s, but buying a home is still cheaper

With its hot economy, a continual influx of new residents and chronic housing shortages, San Francisco recently surpassed New York as the most expensive rental market in the country. Over the past 12 months, median rents in San Francisco have skyrock...
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Pending Home Sales and Consumer Demand

Pending Home Sales and Consumer Demand

So far this year, home sales volume is about 10% higher than 2014. Today’s Pending Home Sales release from NAR is starting to show the moderately healthy housing demand we’ve been talking about for the past few months. Altos Research had a...
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