Today’s News Synopsis:
Zillow reported a 0.2% year-over-year increase for home values in the second quarter, the first year-over-year increase seen since 2007. Home prices increased 0.8% in May according to the FHFA. Despite price increases, Radar Logic expressed concerns there still could be declines seen in the second half of this year.
In The News:
DS News – “Prices Up, but 2nd Half of 2012 Could See Declines: Radar Logic” (7-24-12)
“Radar Logic’s composite to measure home prices may show monthly and yearly gains, but contrary to other reports, the analytics company argues that the increases don’t mean prices have hit bottom.”
Housing Wire – “FHFA home prices rise 0.8% in May” (7-24-12)
“U.S. home prices for the 12-month period ending in May rose 3.7% over last year, the Federal Housing Finance Agency said in its latest monthly House Price Index.”
Bloomberg – “Home Values Post First Year-Over-Year Increase Since 2007″ (7-24-12)
“Home values posted their first year- over-year increase since 2007 in the second quarter as the U.S. property market began to lift off a bottom, Zillow Inc. (Z) said.”
Realty Times – “Mortgages: What’s Happened While You Were Away? “ (7-24-12)
“Over the summer, spending more leisure time outdoors takes top priority. Keeping up with the news slips down the list, or off it completely. Kind of makes this an ideal time for the government to slip in unpleasant things, doesn’t it?.”
Inman – “Decline in REOs blamed for sagging California home sales” (7-24-12)
“The California Association of Realtors says inventory shortages dented pending home sales in June, as lenders signed off on more short sales but had fewer “real estate owned” properties, or REOs, to market.”
DS News – “DataQuick: Foreclosure Activity Down in California” (7-24-12)
“Following promising reports of increased sales in California’s Southland Empire, analytics company DataQuick issued another release revealing that foreclosure activity is down in the state.”
Bloomberg – “Student Loan Debt Tied to U.S. Home Sales Lag, Soss Says” (7-24-12)
“U.S. student loan debt totaling more than $900 billion may be hurting home sales, said Neal Soss, chief economist at Credit Suisse in New York.”
Inman – “As home prices rise, foreign interest in U.S. real estate flags” (7-24-12)
“A decline in the international share of overall house hunters in the second quarter indicates that rising U.S. home prices may be putting off foreign buyers, according to a report from real estate search and marketing site Trulia.”
Housing Wire – “Congress probes DOJ involvement in St. Paul disparate impact case” (7-24-12)
“A House subcommittee is investigating what the Justice Department said to St. Paul, Minn. officials before the city withdrew its defense against a housing discrimination case from the Supreme Court.”
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