Here’s what happened this week in the real estate market.

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Friday, Sept. 25:

Black Knight Financial’s “First Look” at August 2015 mortgage data:

  • The total loan delinquency rate in the U.S. was 4.85 percent, up 2.47 percent month-over-month but down 18.22 percent year-over-year.
  • The total foreclosure pre-sale inventory rate was 1.37 percent, down 2.17 percent month-over-month and 23.74 percent year-over-year.
  • The total foreclosure starts numbered 80,500, up 6.76 percent month-over-month but down 1.35 percent year-over-year.


Inside Mortgage Finance’s Housing Pulse survey:

  • In August 2015, current homeowners accounted for 49.3 percent of purchases.
  • The first-time homebuyer share in August was 36.4 percent of purchases. The investor share was 14.4 percent.
  • The sales-to-list price ratio for non-distressed properties was 98.3 percent in August, a slight 0.2 percent decline from July.


Thursday, Sept. 24:

RealtyTrac’s August 2015 U.S. Home Sales Report:

  • Sales of single-family homes and condominiums in August hit an eight-year high nationally, and some cities are on pace to see their best sales numbers in a decade.
  • Out of 204 metro areas surveyed, 58 are on track to reach nine-year highs in home sales this year, and another 22 cities are poised to reach 10-year highs.
  • All-cash sales accounted for 24.5 percent of all single family home and condo sales in August, up from a seven-year low of 23.6 percent in July, but still down from 26.7 percent of all sales in August 2014.


ProTeck’s Home Value Forecast:

  • San Francisco buyers have averaged 20+ percent down over the last 14 years (loan-to-value ratios 67 percent to 82 percent), while Detroit has averaged loan-to-value ratios between 86 percent and 101 percent.
  • Scottsdale, Arizona, average home prices are 20 percent below all-time highs.
  • At the height of the housing crisis in Apache Junction, Arizona, homes lost more than half their value.


The U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development’s August residential sales report:

  • New single-family homes in August were sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 552,000.
  • This is 5.7 percent above the revised July rate and 21.6 percent above the August 2014 estimate.
  • The median sales price for new homes in August 2015 was $292,700, and the average sales price was $353,400.


Wednesday, Sept. 23:

Mortgage Bankers Association Weekly Applications Survey:

  • Mortgage applications increased 13.9 percent from one week earlier during the week ending Sept. 18, 2015.
  • The refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 58.4 percent of total applications from 56.2 percent the week prior.
  • The FHA share of total applications decreased to 12.9 percent from 14.2 percent the previous week.

Freddie Mac’s Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi):

  • The national MiMi is 81, an improvement of 0.93 percent from June 2015 to July 2015.
  • Twenty-nine of the 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., have MiMi values in a stable range.
  • Forty-six of the 100 metro areas measured have MiMi values in a stable range.

  Tuesday, Sept. 22: Federal Housing Finance Agency’s July 2015 House Price Index report:

    • Home prices in July were up 0.6 percent month-over-month.


  • Year-over-year, July home prices were up 5.8 percent.



  • The overall index is 1.1 percent below the March 2006 peak, at roughly the same level as the November 2006 index.



fhfa-jula-15 Zillow’s August real estate market reports:

    • The U.S. housing market is leveling off. It’s appreciating 3.3 percent from a year ago to a Zillow Home Value Index of $180,800.


  • Before the 2008 crash, 21.2 percent of homes (on average) were decreasing in value. Today’s percentage of average homes decreasing in value: 27.9 percent.



  • In Baltimore, 48.1 percent of homes decreased in value during the past year.



Monday, Sept. 21:

NAR’s existing-home sales for August 2015:

  • Existing-home sales fell in August 2015 by 4.8 percent.
  • Sales have risen year-over-year and are 6.2 percent above a year ago.
  • The median existing-home price for all housing types in August was $228,700.

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