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IAS Index Shows Home Prices Gained 1.1% in Q2

Integrated Asset Services (IAS) is reporting a modest second quarter price gain for the U.S. housing market. The valuation company's latest IAS360 index shows a 1.1 percent increase in home prices nationally for the three-month period ending in June. But despite the April tax credit and the arrival of the springtime buying season giving at least a short term lift to prices, IAS says its neighborhood trend lines indicate that house prices around the nation are still looking for a bottom.

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Double-Dip Recession Threatens to Shave 20% off Home Prices: Moody’s

Could the U.S. economy slip back into the throes of the recession that nearly crippled the nation's financial system and protracted any semblance of a housing recovery? The analysts at Moody's think so. They say the odds of a near-term double-dip recession have increased to one in four. And they warn that if the economy sinks back into recession, housing activity will follow. If such a scenario were to play out, Moody's says home prices are likely to fall by another 20 percent before they stabilize in early 2012.

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Zillow: Smaller Percentage of Homeowners Underwater in Q2

The percentage of borrowers underwater on their mortgage declined during the second quarter, but that welcome change of pace could come to an abrupt end as home values are again beginning to fall in markets across the country. Zillow reported Monday that as of the end of June, 21.5 percent of single-family homeowners with a mortgage owed more on the loan than their home is worth. That's down from 23.3 percent in the first quarter of this year, and 23 percent during the second quarter of 2009.

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Miami Area Home Sales Jumped in June

Sales of Miami and surrounding area homes increased sharply in June, according to MDA DataQuick. During the month, 9,296 new and resale houses and condos closed escrow in the Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward counties, up 18.3 percent from May and more than 20 percent higher than a year ago.

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Housing Markets Becoming Less Saturated with REOs: Reports

The nation's REO stock fell 0.6 percent in May to 524,000 properties, according to Barclays Capital. In addition, the research firm estimates that housing's shadow inventory - which Barclays defines as the supply of homes nearing REO status - declined by 2.3 percent to 4.02 million properties. A separate study released by Clear Capital supports the assumption that indeed, there are fewer REOs influencing the market. The company says the percentage of bank-owned homes sold as compared to all properties sold dropped 22.7 percent during the May-July period.

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Texas Home Sales Surge for Third Consecutive Quarter

Home sales in the Lone Star State are on the rise. According to the latest Texas Quarterly Housing Report released Monday by the Texas Association of Realtors, a total of 66,079 existing single-family homes were sold during the second quarter of this year, soaring 14 percent from the same quarter last year. This marked the third consecutive quarter of year-over-year increases.

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Oil Spill Expected to Strip $3B off Coastal-Area Home Values: CoreLogic

The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill is expected to have a grave--and costly--impact on coastal area real estate. According to a recent report by CoreLogic, the impact of the spill on home values in coastal communities already affected by the spill is expected to range from $648 million over one year to as much as $3 billion over five years. And in the event that the unlikely, worst-case scenario occurs and the spill reaches around the Florida Keys and up the Atlantic coast of Florida, the additional losses could reach up to $28 billion over five years, CoreLogic said.

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U.S. Housing Market Is in Worse Shape than You Think: Altos Research

Real estate data provider Altos Research is taking a very bearish outlook on the housing market. The company says that ominous shadow inventory of distressed properties hanging over the industry will lock home prices into a downward trajectory for the remainder of this year, with property values starting out 2011 even lower than they were in 2009. Add to that the fact that the pool of viable buyers out there is shrinking, and you've got an equation that Altos says is a sign of real market weakness.

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Fiserv Predicts Home Prices to Drop Another 4.9% in Year Ahead

Despite recent increases in a number of the industry's home price measurements, and even an uptick in the company's own index of residential property prices, Fiserv Inc. says the gains will be short-lived. The information technology firm is forecasting home prices to fall by another 4.9 percent over the next 12 months, as unemployment remains high, mortgage rates rise, and markets such as Florida, Arizona, and Nevada add even more distressed properties to their inventories.

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Bay State Home Sales Hit Four-Year High in June

The residential real estate market in Massachusetts seems to be on the mend. According to a recent report by the Warren Group, a provider of real estate data in New England, the Bay State saw year-over-year increases in both sales and prices of single-family homes and condos in June and in the second quarter.

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