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Global Home Price Growth Slows to 2-Year Low Pace in Q3

Global Home Price Growth Slows to 2-Year Low Pace in Q3

According to International property consultant Knight Frank, the average value of residential property across 57 countries and territories worldwide increased by 4.9% in the year to September 2018, the index's lowest annual rate of growth for two years. Read More »


 U.S. Mortgage Rates Drop to 3 Month Low in December

U.S. Mortgage Rates Drop to 3 Month Low in December

According to Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey for the second week of December 2018, U.S. mortgage rates dropped significantly after several weeks of moderating. Read More »

 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 »


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Last Updated December 14, 2018 8:09 AM ET

North America

According to Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey for the second week of December 2018, U.S. mortgage rates dropped significantly after several weeks of moderating.

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.

Last Updated January 11, 2018 8:35 AM ET

Latin America

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

According to InternationalLiving.com's recently released 2017 Global Retirement Index, the top retirement destination in the world this year now goes to Mexico.

According to InternationalLiving.com's 2017 Global Retirement Index, Mexico gets top marks as the best place to retire based on cost of living, retiree benefits, climate, healthcare, and more.

According to InternationalLiving.com, there has been a 160% surge in online searches for terms like "move overseas" and "expats overseas" post Trump election victory this week.

U.S. home builders just completed four days of talks with Chilean government, trade and industry officials that are geared toward increasing exports of softwood lumber and other wood products to America.

Economic growth has significantly moderated in Latin America's leading economies of Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile.

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.

A new research by price comparison website MoneySuperMarket reveals that the UK is the most expensive location to raise a family in Europe.

According to Irish property portal Daft.ie, home buyers in Ireland are paying up to 32% more for a property with a sea-view. The research, conducted by economist Ronan Lyons, analyzed over half a million property listings.

The value of homes at number 13 are typically €4,700 ($5,500.00 USD) cheaper than the average Irish property of €254,000 ($296,000) avg. house price nationwide based on Q2 2018 Daft.ie House Price Report.

According to Irish property portal Daft.ie, home prices nationally rose by 2.7% during the second quarter of 2018. The average price nationwide during the second quarter was €254,000, 5.6% higher than a year ago.

Last Updated December 14, 2018 9:04 AM ET

Asia Pacific

According to International property consultant Knight Frank, the average value of residential property across 57 countries and territories worldwide increased by 4.9% in the year to September 2018, the index's lowest annual rate of growth for two years.

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 Singapore-based Edmund Tie & Company, private residential property prices in Singapore continued to increase in Q2 2018, with the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) private residential property price index increasing by 3.4 per cent quarter-on-quarter (q-o-q).

Based on a new study by China property portal Juwai.com, international Chinese property buyers are split by lifestyle when buying homes abroad. As Chinese international property buyers become more numerous and sophisticated, they are changing the way they evaluate and purchase overseas real estate.

To minimize the impact of the new vacancy tax, developers are likely to switch more unsold luxury flats from the sales to leasing market.

Last Updated May 7, 2018 9:12 AM ET

Middle East and Africa Pacific

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.

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 property portal Bayut, Al Reem Island is the most in-demand area among Abu Dhabi tenants this year with studios, 1-beds and 2-beds commanding AED 60k, 82k and 120k, respectively, (14% decline from 2016).

Oman's GDP growth is expected to rise to 5.2% next year, aided by the introduction of natural gas production at the Khazzan gas field and the opening of the new airport in Muscat.

According to the latest property report from Cluttons, as the UAE government pioneers fiscal adjustment in the region in response to declining oil prices, milestones such as Expo 2020 and the introduction of VAT will play a key role in boosting the country's property market.

According to the National Association of Realtors, existing-home sales rebounded in May following a notable decline in April, and low inventory levels helped propel the median sales price to a new high.

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