Market Trends

January 3, 2012 - 11:32 AM
Because they are so general, national perspectives on real estate recovery only go so far. So though we covered some of those perspectives before the new year, we’d like to get the local agent, the man and woman on the street, to weigh in on individual markets. And that’s what we’ll focus on today: Five Read More

Five Realtors Bring Local Perspective to Real Estate Predictions

Because they are so general, national perspectives on real estate recovery only go so far. So though we covered some of those perspectives before the new year, we’d like to get the local agent, the man and woman on the street, to weigh in on individual markets. And that’s what we’ll focus on today: Five ZipRealty Realtors assess their territories for signs of recovery in 2012.

December 27, 2011 - 7:01 PM
With the new year rapidly approaching, we all want the final word: will 2012 be a better one for real estate than 2011? To answer this question in true ZipCode fashion, we need to look at the issue from many perspectives. Here, we want to analyze the national experts’ perspectives as well as the local Read More

5 Signs of Recovery for Real Estate in 2012

With the new year rapidly approaching, we all want the final word: will 2012 be a better one for real estate than 2011? To answer this question in true ZipCode fashion, we need to look at the issue from many perspectives. Here, we want to analyze the national experts’ perspectives as well as the local experts’, as in Realtors who live, work, and know their area’s performance and are perhaps better poised to make micro-predictions, as opposed to the macro-predictions we get from national analysis.

December 26, 2011 - 10:22 AM
We hope you had a beautiful holiday season so far. But with wrapping paper scraps on the floor and tree starting to look droopy, you need a distraction, and we've got one we hope will start debate. Looking forward to the new year now, Zipcode's enjoying a brief exploration of the real estate related Read More

Will the State of Real Estate Hurt Obama's Chances, Part 2

We hope you had a beautiful holiday season so far. But with wrapping paper scraps on the floor and tree starting to look droopy, you need a distraction, and we've got one we hope will start debate. Looking forward to the new year now, Zipcode's enjoying a brief exploration of the real estate related predications the country's myriad experts make this time of year.  And though it's a ways off yet, one of the biggest events of 2012 will be the Presidential Election. Has the state of real estate hurt his chances? Or have the tentative signs of progress helped him?

December 21, 2011 - 3:16 PM
  Though it may seem very far away to those of us not planning to run for President of the United States, the Presidential Election of 2012 is right around the proverbial corner. And now, with real estate nowhere near the level of recovery many of us have hoped for, we have to ask the experts: will the Read More
December 19, 2011 - 10:00 AM
  As the year rolls to a close, so roll out the experts, each with a unique opinion on what we should expect from real estate in 2012. We'll focus on a few of these "expert" predictions, as much to show how they diverge as how they converge-- and we'll make a few of our own-- as we approach the new year. Read More
December 16, 2011 - 10:00 AM
  Phoenix Struggles to Rise Again Ah, Phoenix—the land of golf courses, resorts, and plentiful foreclosures! The city is the capital of Arizona, which has held steady atop the list of foreclosure-ridden states, so it should be no surprise to anyone that distressed listings make up a good chunk of the  Read More
December 12, 2011 - 11:30 AM
Friday's post on home prices brings to mind an additional factor we might analyze in predicting the market in the coming year. The November 2011 unemployment rate brings welcome news, especially with the holidays fast upon us: nationally, unemployment is down from 9% to 8.6%. But does this mean we should Read More

Unemployment Down: Home Prices Headed Up?

Friday's post on home prices brings to mind an additional factor we might analyze in predicting the market in the coming year. The November 2011 unemployment rate brings welcome news, especially with the holidays fast upon us: nationally, unemployment is down from 9% to 8.6%. But does this mean we should expect real estate to rebound accordingly?

December 9, 2011 - 9:52 AM
Non-Distressed Home Prices Are Stable Speaking of various metrics for measuring home prices, some analysts offered a very different and quite cheery picture of the current state of the housing market this week. Stephen Kim of Barclays Capital is optimistic about stabilizing home prices for non-distressed Read More
December 7, 2011 - 5:36 AM
Now that you understand both the power and the limitations of the Case-Shiller Index, we’ll take a look at the data Quarter 3 has to offer. Single-family Homes The table below summarizes the results for September 2011. There is always a two month lag between the close of the quarter and the release of these Read More
December 5, 2011 - 12:52 AM
Sarah Green’s November wrap-up article last Friday reminds us that another real estate quarter has closed, and that deserves some analysis. In particular, we wanted to explore the The Standard & Poor's Case-Shiller Home Price Index as it recently updated at the end of November. This index, considered the Read More

Just What in the Heck is an S&P/Case-Shiller National U.S. Home Price Index?

Sarah Green’s November wrap-up article last Friday reminds us that another real estate quarter has closed, and that deserves some analysis. In particular, we wanted to explore the The Standard & Poor's Case-Shiller Home Price Index as it recently updated at the end of November. This index, considered the most accurate measure of America’s home prices, always creates buzz in the industry, and this quarter is no different.

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