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Report: Homeownership at Lowest Rate in Nearly 50 Years

A report released Monday from John Burns Real Estate Consulting revealed that the real homeownership rate-measured as the percentage of households that own a home and are not seriously delinquent on their mortgage-has fallen to 62.1 percent, the lowest level in almost half a century. The firm said that the Census Bureau's 65.5 percent homeownership estimate was a vast overestimate, as it includes 3.8 million homeowners who are 90 or more days delinquent.

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Analysis: Investors Driving Recovery as Activity Surges

A recent analysis from John Burns Real Estate Consulting suggests that investors may be the biggest driving force in the housing recovery. Across the 167 metro areas analyzed by the company, investor activity as a share of all transactions rose to 29.6 percent in the first quarter of 2012, up from a low of 23.6 percent in the last quarter of 2009.

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Phoenix Finds Its Way Out of the Downturn: A Model for Recovery

The Arizona capital of Phoenix was one of the hardest hit markets by the housing crisis, with home values plunging nearly 60 percent from 2006 through mid-2011 and foreclosure filings soaring. One analyst says it wasn't too long ago that Phoenix was considered ground zero of the housing market's collapse, but now, it's on a path to recovery that's considerably outpaced other distressed markets. So what's going on in the Valley of the Sun that's strong enough to lift the nation's sixth most populous city from the depths of the downturn?

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S&P Defends Lag Time of Case-Shiller Numbers for the Sake of Accuracy

Tuesday's S&P/Case-Shiller release on home prices was labeled ""disappointing"" by a number of analysts and market participants as both the 10- and 20-city composites and eight cities set new cycle lows. With the Case-Shiller numbers failing to fit the mold of improving market conditions, several commentary notes from analysts dismissed the latest results as ""old news,"" with a two-month lag time and home price assessments based on three-month averages. S&P's index committee chairman took to the web to defend the Case-Shiller report against naysayers.

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Home Prices Have Been Rising for Three Months: Report

Standard & Poor's reported Tuesday that it's closely watched Case-Shiller index declined in January for the fifth straight month. But according to John Burns Real Estate Consulting (JBREC), that's stale news and doesn't reflect what's actually happening in the market right now. In fact, the independent research company says home prices are rising. JBREC conducted its own analysis of home prices in 97 markets and found that over the January-to-March period prices are up in 90 of them, with an average increase of 1.1 percent.

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Industry Responds to Government’s Request for REO Rental Ideas

With an estimated 250,000 foreclosed homes on Fannie Mae's and Freddie Mac's books, the government is considering inventive ways to divulge excess inventory and return stability to the housing market. The administration sent out a request for information (RFI) in August asking how a government REO rental program might work. The industry has responded with enthusiasm, submitting a slew of proposals now under consideration. Suggestions include lease-to-own options, rent-and-hold, and joint profit sharing.

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Median Home Prices Revert to Years Past: Report

The research firm John Burns Real Estate Consulting says if you're looking to find a comparable point of reference for current median home prices, prepare to take a trip back in time. On the positive end of the rankings, a bevy of Texas markets have reverted to circa 2006. Other especially hard-hit markets, such as Atlanta and Phoenix, have turned back the clock more than a decade. The nation's capital city, Los Angeles, and Fort Lauderdale fall somewhere in between.

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The Math Behind the Mortgage Interest Deduction

What many consider to be a staple of American homeownership is expected to be on the chopping block as lawmakers look to trim the nation's deficit. The prized mortgage interest tax deduction has been part of the federal tax code since 1913. Currently, it costs the U.S. Treasury an estimated $94 billion a year. Congress has tossed around several proposals for amending this part of the federal tax code, including lowering the debt limit to $500,000 on first mortgages. Such a move is estimated to return between $5 billion and $15 billion.

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Housing Report Card Points to Future Distress

John Burns Real Estate Consulting released a housing report card Thursday that confirms most key market indicators trending southerly, signaling more distress may be in store. The research firm notes that annual resale activity within the existing-home market has slipped to just over 5 million residences, and home prices by some measurements have dropped to 2002 levels. With these numbers, the firm says, affordability has never been better for entry-level buyers, or worse for move-up and move-down buyers.

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