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Trulia: Job Growth Aids Asking Home Prices, Creates New Households

Asking home prices posted the strongest gains in cities where job growth was also solid, according to Trulia. In a recent report, Jed Kolko, Trulia's chief economist, provided two reasons to explain the link between jobs and housing: job growth attracts newcomers to an area, who look for housing, and job finders often look for their own place to rent or buy. ""Young adults with jobs are much less likely to live with their parents than those without jobs. Furthermore, stable jobs will set this generation free to form their own households and start thinking about homeownership,"" Kolko added.

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Report: More than 1 in 4 Working Renters Face Severe Housing Costs

While home affordability has reached record high levels, for renters, housing cost burdens have been steadily increasing. According to the annual Housing Landscape report from the Center for Housing Policy, 26.4 percent of working renters spent more than half of their household income on housing costs in 2011. The share is an increase from 2008 when 22.8 percent of working renters had a severe housing cost burden. CHP provided two reasons the burden of renting has grown: falling incomes and rising rental housing costs. For example, the report found the median housing cost for working renters rose nearly six percent between 2008 and 2011, yet median incomes fell more than three percent.

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Zillow: Home Price Growth Moderates in Q1

After months of robust and largely unsustainable annual home value appreciation, the national housing market finally showed signs of moderation in this year's first quarter, Zillow reported Thursday. Quarterly home value appreciation in the fourth quarter was 2.1 percent--indicating the market is slowing down to a more sustainable pace, says Zillow chief economist Dr. Stan Humphries. Looking ahead, the company's Home Value Forecast shows national home values rising 3.2 percent through March 2014, an annual appreciation rate more in line with historic norms.

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Is the Single-Family Rental Market Set for Decline?

Over the past couple years, rentals of single-family homes have served as a growing segment of the housing market. However, lately limited supply and rising home prices are leading to rising rents, thus slowing growth in this market, according to a report from CoreLogic. Having been on the decline since 2009, single-family rental properties now have about a 2.9-month supply available on the market. For comparison, anything below six months supply in the purchase market is considered low. The result of tight supply, naturally, is rising prices.

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DataQuick’s REO-to-Rental Rankings Provide ZIP-Level Data

Before deciding on an REO-to-rental investment, it's important to understand distressed property trends on a neighborhood-level, according to DataQuick. This is why the San-Diego-based company has made available the REO-to-Rental Neighborhood Rankings for servicers and investors.

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Investors, Inventory Shortage Catalysts to Housing Rebound: Report

Demand for distressed properties from investors is contributing to the recovery, not creating an artificial one, according to Pro Teck's Home Value Forecast for April. One of the catalysts driving the housing market rebound has been large investment funds, which are buying distressed single-family homes to be used as rentals. ""These funds have also been renovating homes, which has helped to improve the overall conditions of the surrounding neighborhoods and provided a positive injection of capital,"" said Tom O'Grady, CEO of Pro Teck.

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Report: New Construction Won’t Threaten Strong Apartment Market

As new construction in the apartment sector takes form, occupancy remains high but rent growth is beginning to slow, according to the latest research from Carrolton, Texas-based RealPage, a software provider for apartment communities. However, RealPage does not see new construction as a threat to the strong rental market nationwide. Apartment occupancy currently stands at 94.8 percent in the core 100 metro areas measured by RealPage MPF, while rent growth slowed from 4.8 percent at the end of 2011 to 2.6 percent at the start of this year. California markets topped the list of markets with the highest annual rent growth for the first quarter of this year, according to RealPage.

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Asking Home Prices Move Higher, Single-Family Rents at Stand-Still

With the spring house hunting season upon us, Trulia reported a 7.2 percent year-over-year increase in asking prices on the national level. On a seasonally adjusted basis, prices rose 1.1 percent month-over-month. On the other hand, rent price growth--for single-family homes, at least--showed signs of stagnancy in March. Nationally, rent for single-family homes increased 0.1 percent year-over-year. ""Why have rents stopped rising on single-family homes? More supply,"" explained Jed Kolko, chief economist at Trulia.

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RealtyTrac: Top Markets for Single-Family Rentals

With institutional investors playing a major role in the home-buying market as they snagged tens of thousands of homes in 2012, RealtyTrac set to work to determine which markets still offer the best opportunities for investors intending to purchase single-family homes to rent. Topping the list of top 20 markets were Memphis, Tennessee; Saginaw, Michigan; Toledo, Ohio; Ocala, Florida; and Las Vegas, Nevada. In Memphis, Tennessee, the median sales price for a three-bedroom home is $72,605, and investors can expect a cash purchase capitalization rate of 10.38 percent.

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Survey: 77% of Americans Believe Housing Crisis Is Not Over

Reports may tout data pointing to a housing recovery, but nearly eight in 10 Americans are unconvinced, according to the How Housing Matters survey conducted by Hart Research Associates. In the survey, 58 percent of Americans said they believe we are still in the middle of the housing crisis, while another 19 percent said the worst is yet to come, which means 77 percent hold the belief that the crisis is still here. Just one in five, or 20 percent, believe the crisis is ""pretty much over.""

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