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Welcome to our weekly edition of Real Estate Investing News This Week. Here’s the best of this week’s real estate news:

  • Almost half of all homes sold in September were all-cash deals
  • The time to clear distressed inventory rises
  • Home prices increased by less than 1 percent

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.


Estimated Time to Clear Distressed Inventory Rises

By Krista Franks Brock
“Distressed inventory is on the decline, but the number of months it will take to clear these distressed homes from the market is on the rise. According to the latest report from Morningstar Credit Ratings, distressed inventory among non-agency residential mortgage-backed securities dropped 20 percent to 891,000 properties as of September.
However, Morningstar says it will take 49 months to work through this inventory given current market dynamics. That’s 11 months longer than the assessment in 2012.”

CoreLogic: Home Prices Increased by Less Than 1 Percent in October

––Analysis Projects Virtually No Growth Month Over Month in November––

On Tuesday, Corelogic® released its October Home Price Index (HPI®) report. On a month-over-month basis, including distressed sales, home prices increased by only 0.2 percent in October 2013 compared to September 2013.
Year over year, home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased 12.5 percent in October 2013 compared to October 2012. This change represents the 20th consecutive monthly year-over-year increase in home prices nationally.
corelogic full report

U.S. House Prices Rose 2.0 Percent in Third Quarter 2013

From the Federal Housing Finance Agency News Release:
Upward momentum in U.S. house prices remained strong in the third quarter, as prices rose 2.0 percent from the previous quarter, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) House Price Index (HPI).
This is the ninth consecutive quarterly price increase in the purchase-only, seasonally adjusted index and it marks the first time since 2009 that the national house price level is higher than it was five years ago.

RealtyTrac’s Foreclosure News Report

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Almost half of all homes sold in September
were all-cash deals.

Almost half of all homes sold in September were all-cash deals, according to RealtyTrac.
September was the second-highest month for cash deals since RealtyTrac started keeping track in 2011. The only time it was higher was March 2012, when it hit a staggering 53 percent.
A separate study by Goldman Sachs puts the number even higher. Goldman claims 57 percent of home sales in July were all-cash deals. That compares to 19 percent in 2005.
But economists see a downside to growth of cash purchases. First of  all, they warn that this is not a sustainable trend. Nor is it good for the overall health of the housing market. So much cash flooding the market is bound to skew prices to the upside.

10 Metros Where Buyers Bring Cash

The following 10 metros, with populations less than one million, had 50 percent or more all-cash deals out of the total home sales in September 2013, according to RealtyTrac.
1) Miami, Fla. (69 percent)
2) Tampa, Fla. (62 percent)
3) Jacksonville, Fla. (62 percent)
4) Las Vegas (62 percent)
5) Orlando, Fla. (59 percent)
6) Atlanta, Ga. (54 percent)
7) Cleveland, Ohio (51 percent)
8) Memphis, Tenn. (51 percent)
9) St. Louis, MO (50 percent)
10) New Orleans (50 percent)

11 States Where Buyers Bring Cash

The following states had 53 percent or more all-cash deals in September:
1) Michigan (82 percent)
2) Maine (79 percent)
3) Delaware (67 percent)
4) Florida (65 percent)
5) New York (62 percent)
6) Nevada (60 percent)
7) Kentucky (55 percent)
8) Georgia (54 percent)
9) Alabama, Ohio, South Carolina (53 percent)

Cash Sales Still Represent 44 Percent of Total Sales

RealtyTrac’s October 2013 U.S. Residential & Foreclosure Sales Report shows that U.S. residential properties, including single family homes, condominiums and townhomes, sold at a 2 percent increase from the previous month and up 13 percent from October 2012.
The national median sales price of all residential properties — including both distressed and non-distressed sales — was $170,000, up 6 percent from October 2012, the 18th consecutive month median home prices have increased on an annualized basis.
The median price of a distressed residential property — in foreclosure or bank owned — was $110,000 in October, 41 percent below the median price of $185,000 for a non-distressed property.
Other high-level findings from the report:

  • Short sales represented 5.3 percent of all sales, down from 6.3 percent in the previous month and down from 11.2 percent in October 2012.
  • States with the highest percentage of short sales in October included Nevada (14.2 percent), Florida (13.6 percent), Maryland (8.2 percent), Michigan (6.7 percent), and Illinois (6.2 percent).
  • REO sales accounted for 9.6 percent of all sales, up from 8.9 percent in September and up from 9.4 percent in October 2012.
  • Cash sales represented 44.2 percent of all residential sales in October, down from a revised 45.0 percent in September but up from 33.9 percent in October 2012.