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Commentary: Walking the Walk

The nation's home builders celebrated Tuesday with the release of July's Housing Market Index, which showed a six-point jump in the measure of builder confidence on the heels of a seven-point jump one month earlier. In the last three months, confidence--as measured by the index--is up 16 points, or almost 40 percent. With giddy numbers like these, one would think builders would rush to break ground--or at least file the paperwork to do so, but they're not.

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Several Markets Experiencing Strong Price Growth, High Unemployment

For several markets across the country, strong home price growth is also attached to a double-digit unemployment rate, leading Fitch Ratings to view the strong price appreciation as unsustainable. In a recent report, Fitch highlighted seven metro areas where high unemployment rates were in the backdrop of annual double-digit home price gains. The top two were Detroit and Las Vegas, while the remaining five were in California: Sacramento, Stockton, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, and Riverside.

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RE/MAX: Home Prices Up Yearly for 17th Straight Month in June

At $193,750, the median price of a home in June sat 12.6 percent above the year-ago level and increased 5 percent from May. At $193,750, the median price of a home in June sat 12.6 percent above the year-ago level and increased 5 percent from May. Out of the 52 metros tracked, Albuquerque, New Mexico, was the only market to experience a yearly decrease after prices fell 4.2 percent. Home sales also stood higher compared to last year, increasing 4.1 percent in June. The improvement marks the 24th month of consecutive gains.

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Falling Inventories and Rising Prices Span Nation and West Coast

Examining data from Multiple Listing Services in 34 cities across the nation, Movoto found year-over-year declines in June's inventory in 32 of the 38 cities it tracks. The most drastic declines took place in Sacramento (-54.5 percent), Detroit (-47.1 percent), and Boston (-46.7 percent). Over the same time period, price per square foot increased in all but two of the cities Movoto observes. The exceptions were New Orleans (-2.2 percent) and Chicago (-3.2 percent).

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Researchers: Monetary Policy Not Enough to Prevent Bubbles

National monetary policy alone cannot reliably prevent or reverse housing bubbles, according to a recent report from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. The downfall lies in the fact that housing prices and housing markets vary widely across the country, stated the researchers in the report. Monetary policy and large national programs such as the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) may help some markets while hurting others, according to the report.

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National Home Prices in May Increase 12.2% from Year Ago

National home prices in May posted their biggest annual gain since February 2006, CoreLogic reported Tuesday. When including distressed sales, home prices shot up by 12.2 percent year-over-year in May, marking the 15th straight month of increases. From April to May, home prices climbed 2.6 percent. CoreLogic's pending home price index points to further improvements in June, with prices projected to exceed May's increase with a 13.2 percent gain.

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Forecast Points to Steady Price Growth Led by California

When it comes to price appreciation, California markets are expected to continue leading growth over the next year, while certain markets concentrated in the Northeast should see a decline in home values, according to Veros Real Estate Solutions' most recent forecast ending June 1, 2014. The company's forecast covers 969 counties, 324 metro areas, and 13,502 zip codes.

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New Home Sales Up, Price Slips in May

The price of a new single-family home dropped 3.2 percent in May, but sales increased 2.1 percent to 476,000, the highest level in almost five years, the Census Bureau and HUD reported Tuesday. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg expected April sales to increase to 460,000 from April's originally reported 454,000. April sales were revised to 466,000.

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