Averaging these three back-to-normal percentages together, the market is now 32 percent of the way back to normal -- the lowest level in 2012 but still well above June 2011, when the market was 22 percent back to normal. Cause for concern? Depends who you are.
To land a sweet deal, you're going to have to find it. Here's how.
Nationally, home values reached their bottom in February of 2012 and have since appreciated at very robust monthly growth rates.
You may have noticed news items that a company called Mortgage Resolution Partners (MRP) is proposing to have strapped localities use the public power of eminent domain to deal with the problem of underwater mortgages.
Permanent supportive housing has become the mantra for ending homelessness in America. But if we place in these units the people most able to navigate the highly bureaucratic acceptance procedures, or we use priorities like timing, luck, economics, or politics, then this movement will do little to end homelessness.
Housing got little play during the Republican primary season, but will it get any attention in the general election?
From this group of stunning homes emerge big, bold ideas that change the way we see home building and the way we craft our living spaces to reflect the world we live in. Here are three of my favorite major themes.
Middle class Americans hear different stories from Republicans and Democrats about why employment is not growing faster and what it will take to revive it. The solution is government spending on public works and infrastructure.
This Administration's failures -- in domestic policy at least -- are more the product of doing too little too late, than of doing too much too soon. Nowhere is that failure clearer than in the Administration's inept handling of the home foreclosure crisis.
Homeowners who were facing financial difficulties find themselves at risk of foreclosure, especially if the insurance premium is substantial.
Prices are rising in at-risk metros because prices have fallen so far that they've attracted interest from prospective investors and international homebuyers, whose interest in U.S. homes can be volatile; in contrast, prices are rising in the in-the-clear metros primarily due to job growth.
There is a crying need for affordable housing, for both ownership and rental. If investors are going to be buying up homes in bulk, a significant percentage should be set aside for affordable housing.
There's a couple in my community where the 6-foot-2-inch woman, a former model, towers over her 5-foot-4-inch businessman husband. As a less-than-kind observer noted: The husband may appear much taller when he stands on his stacks of money. (I did say less-than-kind, right?)
The would-be home buyer didn't like my advice about selling her house before she went to contract on another one. "That won't work. I won't have a p...
When I heard that there are some hard lessons you just can't prepare for when you get your first place, I took it as a challenge. But there are some things that the only real way to prepare is to be prepared to learn.
The Fed has become somewhat impotent and should pass the buck to Congress. If only Congress would answer the phone.