Fla.’s housing market: More closed sales, listings in April 2015 (5/21/2015)
Florida Realtors April report: Single-family sales up 17.9% year-to-year, price up 11.4%; condo sales, price rose. U.S. single-family sales up 6.1% year-to-year.
NAR: Existing-home sales lose momentum in April (5/21/2015)
Home construction surges to fastest pace since 2007 (5/19/2015)
Builders ramped up construction in April 20.2% – the fastest pace in over seven years, and a hint that the struggling U.S. economy has gained new momentum.
Home prices starting to rise quickly again (5/12/2015)
NAR: In NAR’s latest quarter-to-quarter analysis (1Q 2015 compared to 4Q 2014), twice as many metro areas saw double-digit price appreciation.
NAR: Metro home prices maintain steady growth in 1Q 2015 (5/11/2015)
Fla.’s housing market shows strength in 1Q 2015 (5/11/2015)
Florida Realtors: 1Q single-family sales up 18.6% year-to-year, median price up 8.3%. Condo sales up 7.1%, price up 7.4%. Median price higher in many U.S. metros.
NAR: Majority of metros experiencing widening inequality (5/8/2015)
NAR: 90% of metros have experienced declining homeownership at a time when home values have risen and incomes have remained flat, widening income inequality.
NAR: Pending home sales at 17-month high (4/29/2015)
For the third month in a row, the number of signed U.S. home sale contracts rose. More good news: Owner-occupant buyers appear to be replacing cash investors.
U.S. home prices and sales accelerated in Feb. (4/28/2015)
S&P/Case-Shiller: Due to an increase in sales and limited inventory of homes, prices rose 5% in Feb.’s year-to-year comparison – the highest pace in six months.
NAHB new-home forecast: Steady now, more next year (4/27/2015)
The builders’ chief economist says 7.4 million home sales were lost to a slow recovery and job uncertainty, but some – no one knows how many – will soon be back.
NAR: Existing-home sales spike in March (4/22/2015)
Fla.’s housing market continues growth trends in March 2015 (4/22/2015)
Florida Realtors March report found a 24.6% year-to-year increase in single-family sales and 9.2% price boost. U.S. sales jumped a higher-than-expected 6.1%.
Housing starts edge up 2% in March (4/16/2015)
The new-home sector continues to rebound, though at a slow pace. Single-family builds rose 4.4% for the month and permits rose 2.1%.
Pending home sales rise 3.1% in Feb. despite weather (3/30/2015)
The number of homes under contract but not yet sold rose nationwide year-to-year; the South and Northeast saw a slight month-to-month decline.
NAR: Existing-home sales slightly up in Feb., price growth gains steam (3/23/2015)
Fla.’s housing market shows positive momentum (3/23/2015)
Florida Realtors’ Feb. data finds more closed sales, pending sales and new listings statewide. Median single-family price rose 9.1% year-to-year; condos up 8.3%.
NAR: Pending sales hit highest level in 18 months (2/27/2015)
NAR’s pending sales report – housing contracts signed by not yet closed – suggests an uptick in closings over the next few months, even with tight inventories.
4Q U.S. home prices rise higher than expected (2/26/2015)
FHFA’s study – considered extremely accurate because it uses same-home prices over time – found almost a 1% increase in Dec. Analysts predicted half that amount.
Fla.’s housing market continues on a steady track (2/23/2015)
Florida Realtors’ Jan. data finds more new listings and a stable inventory. The median price of a Fla. home is up 7.4% year-to-year; condos rose 5.4%.
NAR: Existing-home sales cool in Jan. as inventory remains low (2/23/2015)
Midwest pushes housing starts down 2 percent in January (2/18/2015)
Builders broke ground on fewer single-family homes in Jan., with the major hit, a 22.2% decrease, in the snowy Midwest. Nationwide, housing starts dropped 2%.
U.S. homebuilder confidence slides to 55 in Feb. (2/17/2015)
Builders remain fairly optimistic; but while this month’s confidence score mirrors 2006 and home sales have soared, they’re more skittish about breaking ground.
Fla.’s housing market continues steady path in 4Q 2014 (2/11/2015)
Florida Realtors Pres. Andrew Barbar: More closed sales, higher median prices and inventory gains showed strength. Nationally, home price growth rose slightly.
Home-price growth slightly accelerates in 4Q 2014 (2/11/2015)
The best seasons to sell a home (2/10/2015)
Spring may be thought of as the best season to list a home, but a Redfin analysis found sold prices only vary by a few percentage points regardless of the season.
NAR: Pending home sales stall in Dec. (1/29/2015)
Year-to-year, Dec. pending home sales rose 6.1%, which is an 18-month high. However, NAR also reported a 3.7% month-to-month decline over Nov. numbers.
Shrinking inventory may raise prices again (1/28/2015)
It’s supply-and-demand: If U.S. home inventory drops and the number of buyers increases, prices could rise. In Fla., listings declined 2% from Nov. to Dec.
Existing-home sales rebound in Dec., 2014 total sales down 3% (1/23/2015)
Fla. real estate sales, listing, prices up in 2014 (1/23/2015)
“In Dec. and throughout 2014, we’ve seen positive signs that Fla.’s housing sector is on a steady, sustainable path,” says Florida Realtors Pres. Andrew Barbar.
Forecast: 2015 Fla. economy, housing market strong (1/22/2015)
Florida Realtors Summit: Economist says last year’s Wall Street Journal headline may be correct: “Has Florida found the secret to saving the economy?”
NAR: Pending home sales slow in Oct., but up over last year (11/26/2014)
Pending home sales dipped slightly (1.1%) from Sept.’s numbers, but are 2.2% higher than the year-to-year comparison in Oct. 2013.