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Tax Credit Less Effective This Time Around

Sales boomed last Fall as the tax credit expiration approached in November. With the new deadline approaching, sales have improved this Spring, but not nearly as much. The pending home sales index through February, which is shown here, shows the …

Boston Poised to Stabilize

Prices in Boston have corrected to 2002 levels, and we expect relatively flat prices this year and slowly rising prices over the next few years. Digging down deeper into the MSA, the low end of the market is stabilizing, while …

Hit the Mark in 2010

In response to your requests for strategic advice at an affordable price, we’ve created The 2010 Land Acquisition and New Home Sales Strategy Report. It is full of powerful tools to give Land Acquisition and Home Segmentation decision-makers confidence about their …

Meet The Money

  In today’s tough financial climate, most traditional sources of capital are not available, which is the perfect time for new capital to seize the opportunity. Yes, new capital is more expensive and often asks for personal guarantees at this …

The Housing Market is about to Become Even More Oversupplied

While both the media and stock investors believe that housing has bottomed, they are unaware of the massive supply of homes that are already in the foreclosure process that will certainly drive home prices down even further when they are …

Short Sales Are About to Increase

Get ready for the short sales. According to a Treasury spokeswoman, Treasury officials will soon announce a $2,500 subsidy ($1,000 to the servicer and $1,500 to the seller) to encourage short sales as a way to clear the excess inventory. …

The Demise of the Construction Industry

Construction in some really big markets has died, but we found a number of surprises when we decided to rank the Top 20 markets compared to the national peak in 2005. Our takeaways: A Sliver of its Former Self We …

Investors Are Back in Full Force

Investor buyers are back and help explain some of the resurgence in sales we have seen in many markets. Investor sales now constitute nearly 26% of total sales in the 53 markets where we track this statistic, which is higher …

FHA Likely To Be The Next Shoe To Drop

The FHA is a big reason that home prices haven’t fallen even further. The FHA’s aggressive lending programs have continued throughout the housing downturn, causing its market share of the mortgage industry to grow from 2% in 2005 to 23% …

Thank You, Uncle Sam

Several months ago, we told our clients we thought we were entering a “W” shaped recovery, with the “first leg up” in the W driven by four things: Tremendous affordability for those who are currently paying rent, The $8,000 federal …