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Housing Recovery

Housing Barometer: Recovery Staggers Forward

Jed Kolko | Posted 03.27.2014 | Business
Jed Kolko

Trulia's Housing Barometer shows that 4 of the 5 key housing indicators improved over the past year: prices, the delinquency+foreclosure rate, non-dis...

4 Reasons Why Housing Wasn't an Issue in the State of the Union

Jed Kolko | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Jed Kolko

In tonight's speech, President Obama mentioned housing twice. First, at the start of the speech, he included the "rebounding housing market" as part o...

Trulia: 2014 Will Be The Year Of Repeat Home Buyer

Jed Kolko | Posted 02.11.2014 | Business
Jed Kolko

The housing market continued its uneven recovery in 2013 and will enter 2014 closer to normal than it was a year earlier. Consumer optimism is climbin...

How Wall Street Has Turned Housing Into a Dangerous Get-Rich-Quick Scheme -- Again

Laura Gottesdiener | Posted 01.26.2014 | Business
Laura Gottesdiener

You can hardly turn on the television or open a newspaper without hearing about the nation's impressive, much celebrated housing recovery. Home prices are rising! The crisis is over! Yet beneath the fanfare, a whole new get-rich-quick scheme is brewing.

Home Prices Simmering, Not Bubbling

Jed Kolko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Jed Kolko

Trulia's Bubble Watch reveals whether home prices are overvalued or undervalued relative to their fundamental value by comparing prices today with his...

Why We Have An Inventory Shortage, NOT A Housing Shortage

Jed Kolko | Posted 11.06.2013 | Business
Jed Kolko

The 2013 Q3 Census Homeownership and Vacancy survey shows that the vacancy rate is still above its pre-bubble level and remains unchanged from one yea...

Guess Which Small Businesses Are Growing The Fastest?

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 12.22.2013 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

With the U.S. economy's slow growth in recent quarters, it may seem like nobody's seeing much business, least of all small firms. But Sageworks, a fi...

Latest Figures Reveal Uptick in Refinancing Activity

Richard Barrington | Posted 12.01.2013 | Business
Richard Barrington

Rising mortgage rates may have thrown some cold water on refinancing activity, but they have not frozen it completely. Two statistics released this week show signs of hope for refinancing.

Is the Government Shutdown Roadblocking U.S. Housing Recovery?

Doug Lebda | Posted 12.04.2013 | Business
Doug Lebda

The shutdown will likely affect some borrowers, but will have a minimal impact on housing in the short-term. The key for borrowers will be to ask your lender questions about necessary documentation and anticipated closing timeframes.

Housing Rebound Boosts Home Depot's Profits

Reuters | Posted 10.20.2013 | Business

By Dhanya Skariachan Aug 20 (Reuters) - A recovery in the U.S. housing market helped boost Home Depot Inc's quarterly ...

QE3Important For Housing Recovery

Harlan Green | Posted 10.10.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

Alas, it does look like the Fed's Governors are about to slow down the $85 Billion in monthly purchases of Treasury Bonds and Mortgage Backed Securiti...

With Mortgage Rates in a Holding Pattern, What Will Housing Prices Do?

Richard Barrington | Posted 10.08.2013 | Business
Richard Barrington

After rising by more than a full percentage point from early May till the end of June, 30-year mortgage rates have more or less leveled off since then. However, the impact of higher mortgage rates on the housing market is still unknown.

Tiptoeing Through the Tulips

Michael Farr | Posted 08.01.2013 | Business
Michael Farr

The next few weeks are critical in determining whether or not the economy is on a self-sustaining path.

Kicking the Tires on Housing Data

Richard Barrington | Posted 08.27.2013 | Business
Richard Barrington

A report on home prices released in the last week of June suggests that the real estate recovery is still humming along. A closer look reveals potential signs of trouble -- and higher mortgage rates are the culprit.

The Housing Recovery Is In Full-Force

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 08.25.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON — U.S. home prices jumped 12.1 percent in April from a year ago, the most since March 2006. More buyers and a limited supply of avail...

Don't Forget the Fed!

Jared Bernstein | Posted 07.29.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Many people's view of economic policy is that "nothing works" be it monetary or fiscal policy. Sometimes it doesn't and sometimes its consequences are unintended. But broadly speaking, such cynicism is dangerously wrong.

Ben Hallman

Wall Street Beating Families To Houses During Recovery

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Hallman | Posted 07.15.2013 | Business

PHOENIX -- By the values that have long governed American housing, Megan and Danny Gilbertson are precisely the sorts of people who are supposed to no...

Wealthiest Americans Benefit The Most From Economic Recovery As Inequality Grows

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 04.23.2013 | Business

The first years of the U.S. economy's recovery from the Great Recession yielded strong gains in total wealth for the richest Americans, while every ot...

Troubling Sign For U.S. Economy

Reuters | Martinne Geller and Lisa Baertlein | Posted 03.12.2013 | Business

(Reuters) - The Dow Jones industrial average is at an all-time high, the jobless rate has fallen to a four-year low and the housing market is seeing a...

Is Your Housing Market Booming, Rebounding, Humming or Struggling?

Jed Kolko | Posted 04.15.2013 | Business
Jed Kolko

Although most of the housing markets with big price gains exhibit unhealthy fundamentals, some markets with rising prices are healthy. Markets with flat or falling prices include both healthy and unhealthy markets.

Trulia Housing Barometer Says Market Now 52 Percent Back to 'Normal'

Jed Kolko | Posted 04.01.2013 | Business
Jed Kolko

Each month, Trulia's Housing Barometer charts how quickly the housing market is moving back to "normal." "Conventional" home sales were up 26% year-over-year in December.

2012's Construction Rebound: Behind the Façade

Jed Kolko | Posted 03.20.2013 | Business
Jed Kolko

What explains these local differences in construction activity? These top markets for 2012 construction tend to have strong job growth and low vacancy rates, and they suffered relatively little during the housing bust

Wednesday Water Cooler: The Trillion Dollar Coin, The AIG Crocodiles, Mortgage Applications Up Big

Ben Hallman | Posted 03.11.2013 | Business
Ben Hallman

Wait, are we still talking about the Treasury Department minting a trillion-dollar coin to put off the debate on the debt ceiling for a little while l...

How the Fiscal Cliff Could Impact the Housing Recovery

Ryan Nickum | Posted 02.18.2013 | Business
Ryan Nickum

Everyone agrees the economy will falter if we go off the fiscal cliff, but how will the tax increases and spending cuts it will trigger impact the housing market?

House Shopping: The Holidays Can Be a Great Time to Buy a Home

Ryan Nickum | Posted 02.11.2013 | HuffPost Home
Ryan Nickum

The holiday season isn't traditionally a popular time to shop for houses, but it can be a great time to find a home, especially if you don't like shopping in a crowd.