With the worst of the housing bust still fresh in homeowners’ minds, it’s a small wonder what some owners are saying they most regret: not buying bigger. It’s just one finding from a new survey by real-estate website Trulia. The survey, which is scheduled to be released in full on Wednesday, also highlights the changing tide for home sellers, who now have the upper hand in markets amid rising prices and low inventory.
blogs.wsj.com - Rising home prices have helped lift more Americans out from being underwater—that is, owing more on their mortgage than their home is worth. But trying to quantify just how many borrowers are moving back above water is producing a wide range of estimates.
Zillow said in a new report Thursday that around 2 million homeowners moved back above water last year. The online real-estate company estimated that 13.8 million borrowers were underwater at the end of the year, down from 15.7 million a year earlier, a decline of around 12%. U.S. home prices rose by 5.9% last year, though bigger price gains in some of the hardest hit housing markets had an outsized impact on returning borrowers in those regions to positive equity.
dsnews.com - The expectation for prices to continue rising is creating urgency among consumers to buy now, according to a Redfin survey of 1,084 active homebuyers.
The percentage of homebuyers who believe prices are bound to move higher in the next 12 months increased to 71 percent in the fourth quarter from 61 percent in third quarter, according to the survey. The fourth quarter share is also more than double from 34 percent in the first quarter.
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