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RECENT BLOG POSTS
Many of our readers ask us if appraisers use distressed properties (short sales and foreclosures) as comparables when doing an appraisal on non-distressed properties. We have posted on this issue on several occasions (examples: here and here). Last month, the Appraisal Institute issued a paper on...
We have reported that almost six million adults between the ages of 25 to 34 are currently living with their parents. That number reflects an almost 50% increase since 2003. These young adults are now being advised to jump into homeownership. Who are the people selling them on the American Dre...
Warren Buffet is seen by many as the greatest investor of our time. When he speaks, people listen. Like anyone else in his position of influence, he is criticized by some for using his bullhorn to promote his own business agendas at times. That makes it very interesting when we occasionally learn...
A very interesting chart on 'migration' in the U.S. I think you may be surprised by some of the new growth areas.
I have seen estimates stating that 29% of deals that go to contract and require a mortgage, don’t close. That number boggles my mind. It means that even after a buyer and seller come to terms on a sale (not an easy feat these days), 3 out of 10 transactions fall apart. What are some of the more c...
Even with attractive pricing potential homeowners still find difficulties in qualifying for mortgages in our current lending environment. The chart below shows average home down payments nationwide. The state with the highest down payment was New Jersey at 13.71% and the lowest was North Dakota a...
Many believe that very few houses are selling and that almost no one can get a mortgage. We want to let everyone know that neither of these assumptions is true. Recently, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their Existing Homes Sales Report. According to the report there are, on a...
This map is interesting and shows various percentages of decline across the nation. These seem to be very rough estimates because I am aware that some states have experienced more of a decline in property values than the map suggests, including Washington state, where I live.
It’s the time of year that we look ahead and attempt to give our best guesses about the market, the industry, and the effects they may have. So, here are my thoughts about the mortgage world: Interest Rates Should Be Stable With a faltering economy nationally and worldwide, including pessimistic ...