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Palm Beach County homes sales surge

From the Palm Beach Post: April's single-family home sales in Palm Beach County rose a whopping 67.9 percent from a year ago, a surge that underscores the growing belief that buying a home now is a good bet.

There were 2,186 pending home sales in April, up from 1,302 during the same month last year. Townhouses and condo pending sales are up 39.2 percent, to 2,051 in April from 1,473 a year ago.

Pricing is reflecting the renewed buyer interest in home purchasing. The median sale price of a single-family homes in Palm Beach County is $210,100, up from $199,900 the same time last year and up 6.6 percent from March. The median townhouse and condo price is $88,636, up from $85,000 a year ago.

"Prices are climbing as demand increases and inventory levels decrease," said Bonnie Lazar, 2012 President for the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches. "Inventory is slightly below normal levels, dropping over 50 percent from the previous year."

April single-family home inventory declined 55.5 percent to 5.7 months from 12.8 months a year ago. It was the same story for townhomes and condos, which fell 53.8 percent to 5.5 months from 11.9 a year ago.

Lazar said that trend should mean continued growth in home sales and median prices.

Florida still leads nation in delinquent loans, Mortgage Brokers say

Also from the Palm Beach Post: Florida still has the dubious distinction of leading the nation in “seriously delinquent” home loans, the Mortgage Brokers Association says today.

Some 17.92 percent of Florida home loans were 90 days or more past due or in foreclosure during the first quarter. Nevada was a distant second with 12.63 percent of its loans seriously delinquent.

Florida carries burden of 30 percent of nation’s shadow inventory

Another recent Palm Beach Post article: The Sunshine State’s shadow inventory of 550,000 homes makes up a third of the nation’s unlisted distressed properties according to a report released this week by the Florida Realtors.

Florida Realtors chief economist John Tuccillo said despite the large volume, the slow leak of homes onto the market, as well as an increase in short sales, shouldn’t crash prices as many have feared.

The report, released Tuesday, defines shadow inventory as homes with mortgages 90 days or more delinquent, homes in the process of foreclosure and homes repossessed by the bank but not yet listed for sale.

Goldman Sachs predicts that homeownership rates will decline into 2014

Home_ownership_rate_GoldmanGoldman Sachs recently released a study looking at the housing market and attempted to analyze a bottom in regards to the homeownership rate. One of their major key figures dragging the rate lower was of course, the shadow inventory and the dismal employment outlook.


So…there you have it…clear as pea soup.

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Robert Schiller of the Case-Shiller home price index says, “the world is in a late great depression”!

YALEYale economist Robert Shiller recently participated in a CNBC interview and gave a chilling analysis of the world economy as well as our housing market…some excerpts below:

The global economy is mired in a "late Great Depression" despite central bank stimulus policies, says Yale economist and author Robert Shiller.
"Our whole economy has been affected by variations in confidence. Central banks are sort of trusted, but the actions they have often affect people’s confidence by appearance rather than substance. We’re not in the most trusting mood now,” Shiller tells CNBC.

The Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank, the Bank of Japan and the Bank of England have propped up their respective economies via liquidity injections known as quantitative easing, tools designed to spur recovery but dubbed by critics as printing money out of thin air. He says the world is in a “new age of austerity.”

Shiller, designer of the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller house price index, adds it's "really hard to forecast" if the U.S. housing market is finally recovering but does find one bright spot.
"The general presumption is that home prices are going down and that's good – it'll make them more affordable."

"Reuters: NEW YORK – The United States housing market is likely to
remain weak and may take a generation or more to rebound
, Yale
economics professor Robert Shiller told Reuters Insider on Tuesday.
Mr. Shiller, the co-creator of the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller
home price index, said a weak labor market, high gas prices and
a general sense of unease among consumers was outweighing low
mortgage rates and would likely keep a lid on prices for the
foreseeable future.

“I worry that we might not see a really major turnaround in our
lifetimes,” Mr. Shiller said

He said suburban areas in particular might endure further price declines
as high gas prices increase demand for “walkable cities.”

Cheaper housing prices will encourage many to avoid relying on their homes as the bulk of their investment portfolio and diversify, which is a good thing, Shiller adds. "Fifty years ago, there wasn’t this talk of housing as an investment. It was a zeitgeist of the early 2000s, and it has gradually gone." The housing sector appears to be bouncing along a bottom.

It's going to be rocky for a while," says Gregory Miller, an economist at Suntrust Bank in Atlanta, according to Reuters.

Housing prices will drop by a further 20 percent as the downturn gripping the United States deepens, leading economist Gary Shilling says. Writing in the Christian Science Monitor, Shilling said more and more people are looking to rent as homeownership becomes increasingly rare. “Housing activity remains depressed, with the only life coming from the multifamily component, which is being driven by the zeal for rental apartments as homeownership falls,” he wrote.

“Homeowners are losing their abodes to foreclosures; many can’t meet stringent mortgage lending standards; some worry about homeownership responsibilities in the face of job uncertainty; and many people have no desire to buy an asset that continues to fall in price.

“I am looking for a further 20 percent slide in housing prices.”

As my dedicated blog readers know, you don’t come here for sugar-coated real estate stories. I always try to dig deeper into what is being reported…piece together related analysis…give you a clear and “no spin” picture of our real estate environment.

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