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Analyst: Mortgage Market on Track for Meltdown

Analyst: Mortgage Market on Track for Meltdown

In a note sent earlier this week, equity research analyst Richard Bove at Rafferty Capital Markets warned clients of a potential mortgage crisis in the making, according to a report from CNBC. With the Federal Reserve on track to end its monthly bond purchases, Bove cautions that the loss of one of the tools used to help lift housing out of its post-recession rut could hurt the market, especially as interest rates start to tick back up.

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Home Flipping Activity Drops to Two-Year Low

Home Flipping Activity Drops to Two-Year Low

Nationwide sales of flipped homes dropped both quarter-over-quarter and year-over year in the second quarter of 2014 as profit margins shrank, according to RealtyTrac. About 31,000 homes were flipped—bought and sold again within 12 months—in Q2, the company reported, accounting for 4.6 percent of all single-family home sales in the United States.

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Individual Investors Turn Attention to SFR Market

Individual Investors Turn Attention to SFR Market

In a report released Tuesday, market research firm ORC International revealed 59 percent of investors are interested in dipping their toes into SFR properties, citing the associated tax benefits and the potential for higher cash flows than traditional fixed-income products. At the same time, without the same resources institutional investors have, the majority of individuals surveyed said they would need outside help.

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China Set to Overtake Others in U.S. Homebuying

China Set to Overtake Others in U.S. Homebuying

From April 2013 through March 2014, Chinese buyers accounted for 16 percent of foreign home sales, up from 12 percent in 2013. In dollar volume, China's share is higher, accounting for 24 percent of sales during that period. "Put another way, the value of homes bought by Chinese buyers in the US has increased from $1.2 [billion] to $7.5 [billion], or slightly more than 500 percent, over five years," said Paul Diggle at Capital Economics.

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Foreign Interest in U.S. Housing Grows

Foreign Interest in U.S. Housing Grows

According to a profile of international homebuying activity released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), total international home sales were estimated at $92.2 billion from April 2013 through March 2013, up from the previous period's level of $68.2 billion.

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Forecasters Revise Expectations on Disappointing May Production

Forecasters Revise Expectations on Disappointing May Production

In a letter to clients, analysts at investment banking services firm FBR Capital Markets said they are lowering their 2014 origination outlook to $989 billion from an earlier forecast of nearly $1.1 trillion. "After an April where volumes had increased for the first time in a year, we had grown modestly more optimistic," the firm said. "Now, we believe May results could prove to be a leading indicator of what is shaping up to be the weakest ... year in recent memory."

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Home Flipping Falls in Q1; Average Profit Rises

Home Flipping Falls in Q1; Average Profit Rises

A recent blog post from RealtyTrac VP Daren Blomquist found home flipping activity declined in the first quarter of 2014, though the amount of average profit per successful flip rose. According to Blomquist, the average gross profit per flip last quarter was $55,574, a 30 percent return on the initial purchase price. Gross profits increased year-over-year from $51,805 in the first quarter of 2013, a 28 percent return on investment.

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Best Housing Deals Now in the Mid-Tier Market

Best Housing Deals Now in the Mid-Tier Market

As home price growth continues to moderate to a more sustainable pace, real estate data provider Clear Capital sees another promising trend forming: The mid-tier housing sector now has the best deals for buyers, hopefully drawing more interest to the market’s largest segment. Dr. Alex Villacorta, VP and chief economist for Clear Capital, says the shift reflects how market drivers have had an impact on each tier of housing.

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Home Flips Drop as Investors Cool

Home Flips Drop as Investors Cool

Home "flips" accounted for 3.7 percent of all home sales in the first quarter, RealtyTrac reported Thursday—indicating investors are cooling as the market continues to change shape. "Slowing home price appreciation early this year in many of the most popular flipping markets put some investors in danger of flying too close to the sun," said Daren Blomquist, VP at RealtyTrac.

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Vacation Home Sales Pick Up; Investor Interest Wanes

Vacation Home Sales Pick Up; Investor Interest Wanes

Vacation home sales rose in 2013 as investment purchases retreated from levels observed in previous years, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported. NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun commented that as market conditions return to normal, investors must now evaluate their purchases more carefully—and judiciously.

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