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 Mortgage Refi's in U.S. Plummet 21 Percent, Lowest Levels in 18 Years

Mortgage Refi's in U.S. Plummet 21 Percent, Lowest Levels in 18 Years

681,455 refinance mortgages in the U.S. secured by residential property (1 to 4 units) were originated in the third quarter, down 15 percent from the previous quarter and down 21 percent from a year ago to the lowest level as far back as data is available -- Q1 2000. Read More »


New Home Sales in U.S. Dive 9 Percent in October

New Home Sales in U.S. Dive 9 Percent in October

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, sales of newly built, single-family homes in the U.S. fell to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 544,000 units in October 2018, after an upwardly revised September report. Read More »

Homeless Rate in U.S. Down 13 Percent Since 2010 Market Crash

Homeless Rate in U.S. Down 13 Percent Since 2010 Market Crash

Zillow is reporting this week that rising residential rents across the U.S. are burdening financially limited renters, and contributing to higher rates of homelessness in many of the nation's least affordable housing markets. Read More »

Mortgage Applications Uptick in Early December

Mortgage Applications Uptick in Early December

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending December 7, 2018, mortgage applications rose 1.6 percent from one week earlier. Read More »


Global Property Spotlight

Brand New Residences Bring Modern Luxury Living to Paradise Island Bahamas

Brand New Residences Bring Modern Luxury Living to Paradise Island Bahamas

In the heart of breathtaking Paradise Island adjacent to Nassau, Bahamas, a very rare residential opportunity will soon be available. Opportunities like this are extremely limited on this 685 acre island paradise. Read More »


Regional Real Estate News

Last Updated December 13, 2018 9:01 AM ET

North America

681,455 refinance mortgages in the U.S. secured by residential property (1 to 4 units) were originated in the third quarter, down 15 percent from the previous quarter and down 21 percent from a year ago to the lowest level as far back as data is available -- Q1 2000.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, sales of newly built, single-family homes in the U.S. fell to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 544,000 units in October 2018, after an upwardly revised September report.

Zillow is reporting this week that rising residential rents across the U.S. are burdening financially limited renters, and contributing to higher rates of homelessness in many of the nation's least affordable housing markets.

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending December 7, 2018, mortgage applications rose 1.6 percent from one week earlier.

Nearly three out of four American households believe that the nation is suffering a housing affordability crisis, and a majority of respondents reported this is a problem at their local and state level as well.

A handful of metro areas that spent the past year competing for Amazon's second headquarters - including Washington, D.C., one of the winners - are expected to see their home-value growth outpace the nation in the coming year.

Last Updated July 20, 2018 9:00 AM ET

Latin America

According to a new Global Retirement Index by International Living Magazine, Costa Rica won the top spot for U.S. expats to retire in 2018.

Panama-based Red Frog Beach Island Resort & Spa announced this week the resort's newest amenity, La Rosa Beach Club. The new addition features event and meeting spaces, a bar, a restaurant, a stunning waterfall and an infinity-edge pool.

According to InternationalLiving.com's 2018 Global Retirement Index, Costa Rica takes the top spot for the first time in the index's history.

The recent 7.1 magnitude earthquake that stunned Mexico City (and surrounding states of Mexico, Morelos and Puebla) is now having a strong impact on Mexico's commercial real estate market.

Billionaire real estate developer and U.S. President Donald Trump, who once considered building luxury hotels in Cuba, is getting set to swing a sky-high verbal crane over the tiny Communist-governed nation.

More than 33,830 rooms in 199 hotel projects are under contract in the Caribbean and Mexico. The total represents a 4.4% increase in rooms under contract compared with January 2016.

Last Updated November 12, 2018 9:03 AM ET

Europe

Residential rents rose nationwide by an average of 11.3% in the year to September 2018. This represents the tenth consecutive quarter in which a new all-time high for rents has been set and also in which annual inflation in rents has been greater than 10%.

According to the latest House Price Report by property website, Daft.ie, Ireland home prices nationally rose by 1.3% in the third quarter of 2018. The average price nationwide between June and September 2018 was €257,000, 6.6% higher than a year ago.

According to a new report from global hotel consultancy HVS, tourism numbers to the Hungarian capital of Budapest have risen by 12% over the past three years prompting a recovery in the city's hotel sector and stimulating further demand for vacation property assets.

According to International real estate consultant Savills' 30th annual Financing Property report, the UK property lending market is largely stable as a result of pressure on interest cover ratios (ICRs) and debt yields.

Hotels in the two Russian cities of Moscow and Saint Petersburg recently enjoy the benefits of massive tourism inflows with the recent World Cup Soccer event.

Global real estate consulting firm Knight Frank is reporting this week that in the first half of 2018 £5.6 billion ($7.2 billion USD) of international capital was invested in the London commercial real estate market. Hong Kong was second with £5 billion ($6.4B) and Paris third with £1.9 billion ($2.4B).

Last Updated December 10, 2018 9:02 AM ET

Asia Pacific

According to CBRE, recentralization and a flight to quality are helping to drive an uptick in Brisbane's prime CBD office market, underpinned by record levels of investment in new development projects.

According to a new report from global real estate consultant JLL, Hong Kong's Central District has the world's most expensive rent for premium offices for the fourth year running.

According to Singapore-based real estate consulting firm Edmund Tie & Company, Singapore's private residential market was affected by the latest round of Government cooling measures, which was announced on July 5th, 2018 and took effect on July 6th.

According to JLL's Residential Sales Market Monitor released this week, the first day sell-through rates for newly launched mass residential projects (where over 80 units were launched in the first batch of sales) dropped significantly in October 2018.

According to JLL's latest Hong Kong Property Market Monitor, rents in the overall Grade A office market continued to rise albeit at a slower pace last month. Average rent of Grade A office climbed 0.5% m-o-m in October, compared to a 1.0% m-o-m growth in September 2018.

According to new research by CBRE, real estate debt in Asia Pacific is increasingly cementing itself as an alternative investment class as global investors seek new opportunities to deploy capital into this sector.

Last Updated May 29, 2018 8:01 AM ET

Middle East and Africa Pacific

According to STR, hotels in the Middle East reported negative April 2018 performance results, while hotels in Africa posted growth across the three key performance metrics.

The Abu Dhabi property market heavily favored renters and buyers in Q1 of 2018, with market data showing price decreases in all areas. both apartments and villas across the sales and rental sectors became increasingly affordable in Q1.

According to STR, hotels across the Middle East reported mixed Q1 2018 performance results, while hotels in Africa posted growth across the three key performance metrics.

Residential rents across Dubai registered no change during the first quarter of 2018, helping improve the annual rate of change to -3.1%, from -7.7% at the end of last year.

According to STR, hotels in the Middle East reported mixed performance results in January 2018, while hotels in Africa posted growth across the three key performance metrics.

According to STR, hotels in the Middle East reported negative 2017 performance results, while hotels in Africa posted growth across the three key performance metrics.


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