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Survey: Price Gap for Damaged REOs, Non-Distressed Homes Widens

The price gap between non-distressed properties and damaged REOs is widening, according to results from the January Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance HousingPulse Tracking survey. According to the survey, while non-distressed property prices have risen to their highest level in three years, damaged REOs, or bank-owned properties in need of repair, fell in January. The survey also found that while the investor share of purchases for damaged REOs has increased, interest for properties in that category has waned among current and first-time homebuyers.

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Agents Report Strong Homebuyer Traffic Despite Winter Season

Winter weather did not slow down the housing market's momentum, with homebuyer traffic still going strong in December, according to survey results from Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance HousingPulse Tracking Survey. The three homebuyer groups--current homeowners, first-time homebuyers and investors--all recorded their biggest traffic gains of 2012 in December, data from the HousingPulse survey revealed. The survey also measured the relative health of the housing market by assessing time on market, number of offers, closed transactions, and sales prices. Overall, survey data revealed all measures improved at the end of 2012.

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Lack of Distressed Properties Locks Out First-Time Homebuyers

The share of distressed properties is shrinking and home prices are rising, but first-time homebuyers aren't benefiting from the improvements, according to findings from a survey. In the most recent Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance HousingPulseTracking survey, the first-time homebuyer share for home purchases was found to be 34.7 percent in October. The figure is a decrease from 37.1 percent in June and the lowest share in the survey's three-year history. The decrease coincides with a significant rise in purchases for non-distressed properties.

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Investors Shouldering Recovery as Consumer Confidence Wavers

Home prices and home sales are rising, despite lackluster demand of traditional owner-occupied housing, according to Tim Rood of The Collingwood Group. Rood points out that median home prices and the number of home sales are both nearly 10 percent above what they were one year ago. This rise is not spurred by owner-occupants, the traditional ""backbone of the U.S. housing market,"" according to Rood. Purchases by owner-occupants declined 15.5 percent in 2011, while investment and vacation home sales increased by 7 percent.

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Report: Rising Prices Driving Down Investor Activity

Investor participation dropped drastically in July, reversing a trend of long-term growth in investor purchases of residential properties. According to the report, investor activity in the housing market fell to 21.9 percent of all transactions in July, down from 23.5 percent in June. July's decrease also established a two-month trend of declines from May's two-year peak of 25.3 percent.

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High-Priced Transactions Drive Seattle Home Sales in June

June marked the 12th straight month of year-over-year home sales increases in Seattle, according to a report from DataQuick. Although sales in some of the lower price ranges declined, increased activity in higher ranges made up for those drops. The median sale price rose year-over-year for the third consecutive month-hitting a nearly two-year high-as the market shifted toward mid- to high-end transactions and foreclosure resales fell.

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Fiserv Forecasts HPI Growth for Next Two Years

Shrinking inventory and shifts in sales composition have provided a foothold for housing prices to start climbing, according to Fiserv, Inc. The company released its Case-Shiller Home Price Insights Monday, showing that after six years of decline, home prices are finally starting to stabilize. Prices increased in 40 percent of the surveyed 384 metro areas in the first quarter of 2012, and the report showed that it's actually cheaper to buy than rent in many U.S. markets.

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To Rent or Own: How Consumers Decide Between the Two

In a study to examine what factors would drive a person to rent or own in their next move, Fannie Mae found that a mix of demographics and attitudinal drivers were key, while negative housing events appears to do little to thwart would-be buyers. The study categorized respondents into three groups: renters, those with a mortgage, and outright homeowners. The study found that renters tended to be younger and fall into the low income category.

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NAREB Prepares to Launch Phase II of HAP

The National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) announced Wednesday that it is ready to launch the next phase of its foreclosure mitigation initiative, the Homeowner's Assurance Program (HAP).

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Capital Economics: Low Mortgage Rates Aren’t Affecting Demand

In recent months, data from the Mortgage Bankers Association, Freddie Mac, Bankrate, and other firms has shown mortgage rates steadily falling, hitting new lows week after week in some measures. However, Capital Economics contends that there is actually little evidence to suggest that this activity is translating into heavier demand. While the Federal Reserve's Senior Loan Officer Survey reported rising demand for mortgage finance in the past three quarters, this increase in demand hasn't shown up in mortgage applications for home purchase, which have remained relatively flat.

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