Despite the recent housing crisis, most Americans still desire to own a home, but their attitudes may not line up with financial realities, CNN reported. A survey by Fannie Mae found that more 51 percent of people polled said the housing crisis did not change their desires to buy a home. Twenty-seven percent said that they were even more likely to buy because of the crisis.
Construction material prices have risen in the last year, while finished-building price indexes remained flat, adding additional financial stress to builders and contractors already facing the effects of high unemployment. An analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America reported that material prices rose 0.5 percent in November and 4.8 percent in the last year. The producer price indexes rose 0.4 percent in November, and 3.5 percent in the last year.
A new study by Fannie Mae found that most Americans have strong aspirations of owning their own home, despite the economic and housing turmoil. The desire to buy and own a home is strong both among current homeowners and renters.
A rollercoaster year in real estate is almost over, but a new poll shows most aren’t too optimistic for 2011, HousingPredictor.com reported.
Privately-owned housing starts in November were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 555,000 — 3.9 percent above the revised October estimate, according to the Commerce Dept. The single-family market fared even better, rising 6.9 percent last month.
Builder confidence in new single-family homes remained flat in December, according to the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. The index remained at 16, the same as in November.
The number of residential properties with mortgages in negative equity in the U.S. dropped in the third quarter of 2010, marking the third quarter in a row the rate has decreased. CoreLogic reported that 10.8 million, or 22.5 percent, of residential properties were in negative equity at the end of the third quarter.
Foreclosures are expected to peak in 2011, but the long-term forecast is improving, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. According to Rick Sharga of RealtyTrac, an online marketplace for foreclosed properties, the number of foreclosures in 2011 will top both 2009 and 2010, which had 900,000 and 1.2 million bank repossessions, respectively.
The residential market’s “shadow inventory” is up more than 10 percent from a year ago, according to real-estate research firm CoreLogic. That puts overall inventory at more than 6.3 million unsold homes on the market, nearly a third of which are so-called shadow inventory or “pending supply” — those homes that are seriously delinquent, in foreclosure, or being held off the market by banks or other investors.
Housing affordability remained near its highest level nationwide for the seventh consecutive quarter