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U.S. Housing Inventory Trends Now Favor Buyers in 2019

U.S. Housing Inventory Trends Now Favor Buyers in 2019

According to a new report by Zillow, after falling for nearly four consecutive years, housing inventory has turned a corner, growing on an annual basis in four of the past five months. U.S. for-sale home inventory grew 1.2 percent year-over-year. There were 19,455 more homes for sale nationwide in January compared to a year earlier. Read More »


Mortgage Delinquencies Drop to 18-Year Low in U.S.

Mortgage Delinquencies Drop to 18-Year Low in U.S.

The delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one-to-four-unit residential properties decreased to a seasonally adjusted rate of 4.06 percent of all loans outstanding at the end of the fourth quarter of 2018. Read More »

New Home Mortgage Applications Rise in January

New Home Mortgage Applications Rise in January

U.S. mortgage applications for new home purchases remained unchanged from a year ago. Compared to December 2018, applications increased by 43 percent. Read More »

Mortgage Applications Dip in Early February

Mortgage Applications Dip in Early February

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's latest Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending February 8, 2019, U.S. mortgage applications decreased 3.7 percent from one week earlier. Read More »


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Last Updated February 18, 2019 9:00 AM ET

North America

According to a new report by Zillow, after falling for nearly four consecutive years, housing inventory has turned a corner, growing on an annual basis in four of the past five months. U.S. for-sale home inventory grew 1.2 percent year-over-year. There were 19,455 more homes for sale nationwide in January compared to a year earlier.

The delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one-to-four-unit residential properties decreased to a seasonally adjusted rate of 4.06 percent of all loans outstanding at the end of the fourth quarter of 2018.

U.S. mortgage applications for new home purchases remained unchanged from a year ago. Compared to December 2018, applications increased by 43 percent.

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's latest Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending February 8, 2019, U.S. mortgage applications decreased 3.7 percent from one week earlier.

According to the National Association of Realtors, U.S. housing inventory increased and metro market prices rose at a slower pace in the fourth quarter of 2018. The national median existing single-family home price in the quarter was $257,600, up 4.0 percent from the fourth quarter of 2017 ($247,800).

According to ATTOM Data Solution's Year-End 2018 U.S. Home Equity & Underwater Report, in the fourth quarter of 2018 over 14.5 million U.S. properties were equity rich -- where the combined estimated amount of loans secured by the property was 50 percent or less of the property's estimated market value.

Last Updated January 4, 2019 9:02 AM ET

Latin America

Panama, the winner of the 2019 Global Retirement Index, has been a constant in the Index, but this year marks the 10th time it's reached the #1 spot--climbing from third place to scoop the top prize.

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.

Last Updated February 11, 2019 8:16 AM ET

Europe

According to Daft.ie's latest quarterly Ireland Rental Report, while residential rents rose nationwide by an average of 9.8% in the year to December 2018.

According to new research by housing platform HousingAnywhere shows an upward trend for rental prices in Q4 compared to the year before for all their major European student destinations.

International property consultant Knight Frank reports this week that the average greenfield development land price declined 0.6% in Q4 2018, down from 2.6% growth in Q3, paring annual growth to 0.6%. Labor costs continue to edge up and the relatively weak pound has made imported building materials more costly for homebuilders.

According to international property consultant Knight Frank, the annual change in prices in prime regional housing markets in England and Wales fell for the first time in 18 months in 2018, according to Knight Frank figures.

According to Daft.ie's 2018 Wealth Report, the number of homeowners in Ireland whose property is worth €1m or more - making them "property millionaires" - has surpassed 5,000. The total number of property millionaires now stands at 5,305, a change of 452 or 9% since June of this year.

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%.

Last Updated January 30, 2019 8:19 AM ET

Asia Pacific

Less than 100 new luxury units (1,722 sq. ft or above) will be completed in Hong Kong's traditional luxury residential areas, including The Peak, Southern district, Kowloon Tong, Homantin and Mid-Levels, in 2019.

Shadowed by the various regulatory measures on the property market and the external economic uncertainty, Macau's property market softened and saw a slowdown in investment sentiment.

The strike rate of People's Republic of China (PRC) developers in Hong Kong's government land sales market dropped notably in 2018.

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.

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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