News & Opinions
The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
Nick Timiraos / The Wall Street Journal / September 16, 2013
For the past year, more U.S. housing markets have had the feel of a blowout flea-market sale.
Prices were low and financing—while hard to get—was cheap for those who could get it. Once it was clear prices had found a bottom, bidding wars broke out as buyers competed over a shrinking supply of homes to get a good deal.
That sent prices up—sharply, in many markets—and for a while, buyers didn’t much mind. Falling interest rates made it possible for buyers to offer slightly higher prices without raising their monthly ownership costs.
But now, mortgage rates are up by a full percentage pointRead More
Brad Hunter / Metrostudy / September 4, 2013
Analysis shows that move-up buyers are accelerating purchases, but entry-level buyers may continue to rent.
There was a heated debate over the past few months as to whether higher mortgage rates would have a negative or a positive effect on home sales. One group expected a surge in sales, as people try to beat further price increases. The other camp argued that there would be no surge, and the only effect would be a loss of buyers due to higher monthly payments and fewer affordable homes.
Metrostudy has been tracking the effects of higher mortgage rates on home sales and traffic in new-homeRead More
Shaila Dewan / The New York Times / September 7, 2013
a few months ago, Michael N. Felix’s phone started ringing again after four years of silence. Mr. Felix is a land broker whose business dried up when the housing market crashed. But with home prices now rising faster than anyone expected, builders are again looking for what, in the land trade, is referred to as dirt.
Already, developers report that the cost of land in the most desirable areas is double what it was two years ago. At least three golf courses in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area are being carved into millions of dollars’ worth of residential lots. The race has even sent builders backRead More
Ruth Mantell / Market Watch / September 3, 2013
Racing home prices may be cooling down, shifting the market to a “more sustainable trajectory,” according to a Tuesday research note.
Home prices rose 1% in July, above June’s growth of 0.7%, but down from a recent peak of 1.8% in January, according to seasonally adjusted estimates from research firm Capital Economics.
“This picture, of a gentle easing in the pace of house price growth, is becoming noticeable across many of the house price measures,” according to a note from Paul Diggle, property economist at Capital Economics. “Slowing house price growth is consistent with theRead More
Randy Nelson / Movoto / September 3, 2013
As we make our way out of the traditional home buying season of the summer months, the real estate market as a whole appears to be bucking some recent trends, particularly where inventory is involved. According to Movoto Real Estate’s latest State of the Market report, inventory increased in the past month and is continuing an upward trends as we head into the fall, traditionally the slower months for home buying.
While the market typically sees a decrease in inventory at the end of the summer, the number of homes available actually increased by 2,297, or 2.4 percent, from July to the end of August.Read More