Real Estate Investing News This Week 2013-05-18

All the Real Estate News That’s Fit to RE-Print™

Welcome to our weekly edition of Real Estate Investing News This Week. Real estate news highlights include:

  • Single family building permits increased 27 percent from a year ago
  • More home price increases coming 2013 to 2017
  • New home sales increase, distressed inventory declines
  • Housing Index posts record April increase

We hope these real estate news items help you stay up-to-date with your real estate investing strategies and inspire some profitable real estate deals for you.

Single Family Building Permits Increased 27 Percent From a Year Ago

Single family building permits increased 27%

Single family building permits increased 27%


On Tuesday, RealtyTrac® released its analysis of building permit data recently released by the U.S. Department of HUD for the first quarter.
High-level findings from the report:

  • Nationwide single family building permits increased 27 percent from a year ago in the first quarter to the highest first-quarter total since 2008. Meanwhile U.S. foreclosure starts in the first quarter decreased 27 percent from a year ago to the lowest quarterly level since the second quarter of 2006.
  • The majority of building permits in the first quarter were for single-family homes (64 percent of total permits), followed by 5+ unit multi-family properties (33 percent). Overall multi-family building permits increased 23 percent from a year ago.

CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Indexes Affirm 2012 a Big Year for Home Price Increases, More to Come in 2013-2017

Key Findings:

  • Home prices projected to increase 3.9 percent annually over next five years, following a 7.3 percent rise in 2012
  • Cities at epicenter of housing bubble/crash clocking highest rate of appreciation, largely driven by investor demand
  • New housing bubble unlikely as market dynamic shifts on both supply and demand sides

Download the Index here: CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indexes

New Home Sales Begin to Flourish as Distressed Inventory Declines

From Esther Cho:
“The available supply of foreclosures and short sales previously stunted the recovery for new home sales, according to CoreLogic’s May MarketPulse report.
Though, now that the supply of distressed homes and existing-homes for sale has fallen, there’s more room for the new home sales market to expand.”

Housing Index Posts Record April Jump

real estate price index

Expect continued increases in
prices and sales.


The Wall Street Journal‘s Nick Timiraos reports:
“It’s shaping up to be a hot summer for the U.S. housing market.
An index that measures prices received by real-estate agents and brokers posted its largest year-over-year jump in April in nearly eight years.
The data series released on Wednesday comes from the producer-price index, which measures how much manufacturers and wholesalers pay for finished goods….
The index showed a 9.1% gain in prices from a year ago.”