Smart homes that people actually want (9/26/2014)
Few buyers care that a listing is a “smart home.” They want to know what it can do, and a survey identified the top smart home features that attract interest.
Consumers somewhat confident about home prices (9/25/2014)
Many buyers stung by the meltdown continue to worry. While 53% of Americans expect housing prices to go up, a fair number of people (47%) still aren’t so sure.
Castro: Hispanics key to U.S. housing sector future (9/23/2014)
HUD secretary says the Hispanic population will drive real estate sales, and major immigration law changes would further expand this booming market niche.
Investors scaling back home purchases (9/23/2014)
Big issue in South Fla.: “As (cash investors) exit the market, will demand from traditional homebuyers still push prices up?” asks Florida Realtors economist.
Student debt could reduce home sales 8% this year (9/22/2014)
John Burns report: Some 414,000 households will be blocked from the market by escalating student debt, and many others will settle for less expensive homes.
More singles than ever: How it affects real estate (9/15/2014)
For the first time since record keeping started in 1976, more than half of all Americans are officially single – divorced, widowed or never married.
Trend: More home is squeezed onto a smaller lot (9/15/2014)
Since 1995, the median size of land under a new home has dropped almost 13%. By 2013, it was about 1/5 of an acre.
Could millennials kill off the McMansion? (9/11/2014)
What type of homes will today’s youngest buyers want in 10 years? No one really knows. They appear to like smaller homes now, but could a new family change that?
Over half of Fla.’s June sales were all-cash (9/10/2014)
CoreLogic: Fla. ranked No. 1 nationally with 51% all-cash sales, and Cape Coral-Fort Myers topped the list: 61.2% of home purchases didn’t require a mortgage.
The next big niche market? (9/9/2014)
The number of active-adult housing buyers continues to grow. Builders say many must sell a home first, and as those sales pick up, they expect a spike in demand.
A future buyer glimpse: Gen Z values homeownership (9/9/2014)
Survey: The 13-17-year-old generation buys online and consults 1,000 friends for every decision, but they’d give up modern luxuries in order to own a home.
Tubs passé as more owners opt for walk-in showers (9/8/2014)
A survey this year found that four out of 10 respondents opted to forgo bathtubs during a renovation – even in the master suite.
Study finds most college grads can afford a home (9/4/2014)
RealtyTrac: Even with student loan debt, U.S. grads can buy homes in 96% of markets. But their incomes must rise 34% to compete with buyers without student debt.
Fla. a top destination for retiring baby boomers (9/4/2014)
Four Fla. counties – three in SW Fla. and one in Central Fla. – made RealtyTrac’s top 10 list of boomer relocation destinations from 2007 to 2013.
Report: It’s cheaper to live in Fla. than Northeast (9/2/2014)
Contrary to some consumer perceptions, it’s cheaper to live in Fla. than most Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states, according to a Washington, D.C.-based think tank.
You’re going to be serving more immigrants (8/18/2014)
Research Institute for Housing America: Immigrants could account for more than 1/3 of homeowner growth and 1/4 of renter household growth from 2010 to 2020.
The sensible revival of the multigenerational home (8/15/2014)
In 2012, 57 million Americans lived in multigenerational households, up from 28 million in 1980. Some builders now cater to this growing demographic.
First-time buyers stuck as entry-level homes dry up (8/15/2014)
Investors scoop up a lot of starter homes, but many first-timers can’t afford one anyway. It’s creating problems for the market, move-up buyers and others.
The porch is making a comeback (8/14/2014)
42% of new homes had a porch 20 years ago; today, it’s 63% because buyers want a home that “has it all,” and porches promote real conversation in a digital world.
Luxury sales can hinge on a lavish clubhouse (8/12/2014)
High-end developers find that it boosts sale to invest in clubhouse amenities, such as his-and-her massage rooms, farm-to-table cuisine and guest quarters.
The single-family vs. mobile home difference? (8/11/2014)
It’s not much: Newer upscale mobile homes can include hardwood floors and granite as some boomers opt to spend more money for a great location.
First phase of housing recovery slows (8/8/2014)
Fannie Mae: 2014 will be a year of mixed housing outcomes with prices rising more slowly and sales falling slightly – but “some reason for optimism.”
Affordable housing propels fastest-growing cities (8/6/2014)
The number of people moving long distances – more than 500 miles – for cheaper housing has doubled since 2007. Ten years earlier, they moved for a better job.
Multigenerational households reach record high (7/22/2014)
18.1% of U.S. residents share a home with kids, parents or grandparents. The trend has dampened a housing rebound but offers huge potential for future sales.
Deed-restricted housing growing in other states (7/17/2014)
Fla. and Ariz. once had a lock on homeowner associations, but the number of deed-restricted developments is starting to grow nationwide.
Less is more when it comes to noise (7/15/2014)
An increasing number of buyers, especially in the luxury market, are willing to pay more money for a home that keeps outside noises out.
Are first-time homebuyers making a comeback? (7/14/2014)
Census Bureau: It’s not much – just a 1% drop in the number of 20-somethings still at home – but it’s the first decline since 2005.
BMO Harris Bank: Most U.S. homeowners have used a real estate agent (7/10/2014)
BMO Harris Bank survey: Despite many feeling they could buy or sell on their own, in the end, the majority (75%) turn to a professional for help.
Americans keep positive attitude about housing market (7/7/2014)
Fannie Mae: Latest housing survey shows consumers’ confidence in the market has trended up during the recovery; 70% say it’s a good time to buy a home.
‘Boomerang’ buyers get second chance (6/17/2014)
Lenders report an uptick in ex-homeowners checking the finance options to buy a home again. An FHA program requires only a one-year wait after a distressed sale.
Aging baby boomers becoming roommate generation (6/10/2014)
For some, the win-win situation pairs a house-rich but cash-poor owner with someone who has the opposite problem.
The runway in the driveway (6/10/2014)
Americans are again warming up to airpark developments, with more property showings and sales. Such developments fell out of favor during the housing slump.
CFPB: Older Americans face debt challenges (6/9/2014)
U.S. consumer agency says more older adults today struggle with housing issues, including unaffordable mortgage payments and the risk of foreclosure.
Census: Almost half new 2013 homes have 4 bedrooms (6/4/2014)
Most single-family homes also have central air, at least a two-car garage and two or more stories. One in three boasts at least three bathrooms.
Homebuyers consider commute costs when shopping (6/4/2014)
Planners agree: traffic jams are part of life. And most buyers who can’t afford to live downtown factor the commuting costs into a home-buying decision.
Cash is still king – but from a different kingdom (6/4/2014)
Two years ago, investors brought cash to the closing table, but their presence is waning. In today’s changing market, the cash buyers tend to be baby boomers.
Size of new homes in U.S. hits record (6/3/2014)
While the average size of new homes dropped during the recession, the trend changed in 2013 when 2,598 average square feet passed the 2,521 square feet in 2008.
On the horizon: 2 surprising real estate trends (6/3/2014)
In the not-too-distant future, tenants might legally smoke pot, and many U.S. homeowners could lose benefits from the mortgage tax deduction.
Developers rethink traditional retirement community (6/2/2014)
The question developers are asking: What do boomers want? It appears many don’t want to “retire” and prefer instead to create a new and better work-life balance.
Survey: Confidence to heat up summer market (5/28/2014)
Overall, 77% of 2,500 consumers reported a favorable view of housing – a 12-point jump from one year earlier. Millennials showed the most optimism at 85%.
Builders’ bonus: Weak competition from ‘newer’ homes (5/27/2014)
Buyers who long for a new home often settle for cheaper almost-new homes. But thanks to the recession, homes built within the last five years are in short supply.
Signs of a suburban comeback (5/22/2014)
During the recession, America’s urban areas seemed poised for growth. But the latest Census figures suggest that more and more people again prefer the suburbs.
CFPB: Student loans killing the drive to buy homes (5/20/2014)
The top U.S. consumer bureau says it’s not just credit issues hurting the first-time homebuyer generation – the huge debt also creates a fear of new obligations.
Looking for a growing niche market? Target boomers (5/8/2014)
Census Bureau: Nation’s older population to nearly double in the next 20 years. The high point of baby boomer retirees will hit between 2012 and 2030.
Realtors report faster sales, more buyer traffic (5/7/2014)
NAR survey of Realtors: 37% of members report in March that homes are on the market less than a month, with buyer demand higher month-to-month.
New Internet models could change the moving industry (5/6/2014)
Big movers could be impacted by a new trend – websites that link small companies to local residents moving a short distance.
Homeownership rate falls to mid-1990s level (5/6/2014)
Economists suspect a growing number of young adult renters striking out on their own is skewing the owner-occupancy rate – but they could eventually buy.
Why is listing inventory so low? Five reasons (4/28/2014)
As prices rise, more homeowners decide to sell. However, perhaps half of all homes won’t be put on the market even if owners would like to relocate.
Spring home buying season? Not everywhere (4/22/2014)
Nationwide, sellers who list now tend to make more money and sell faster – but since all real estate is local, that’s not true in every city or town.
Trend: Buy a college condo when child's in diapers (4/21/2014)
A college-town investment home can earn money to use toward tuition before a child goes to college – an investment strategy popular with Chinese buyers.
Prediction: 50% of buyers in 2020 will be Hispanic (4/15/2014)
National Hispanic association report: With 47% of U.S. homeownership growth between 2000 and 2013 Hispanic – “This is a story of pent-up demand,” president says.