Briefs

More Home, Less Lot: Home Builders Squeezing ‘Em In January 19, 2015

Home builders are putting larger homes on smaller lots, building up instead of out. As homes occupy larger portions...

Millennials Sidelined in More Expensive Housing Markets January 19, 2015

In markets where home values are relatively low, greater shares of young adult renters say they plan to buy a home in the next...

Owners’ Equivalent Rent and the Housing Bubble: Feature or Bug? January 16, 2015

This morning the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its December 2014 Consumer Price Index (CPI) data, one of the two main...

Americans’ Custom Dream Homes Increasingly Remaining Just That January 13, 2015

While new home sales overall have not risen much over the past few years, the number of custom-built homes has dropped...

Cutting FHA Premiums Could Save Owners & Buyers Thousands January 8, 2015

After 30 years, a borrower putting down 3.5 percent could save more than $14,700. After 30 years, a borrower putting...

Renting Vs. Owning: A Tale of Two Decades January 6, 2015

Over the past 20 years, the number of U.S. households has increased by roughly 25 percent, according to the Census Bureau’s...

The Best Place for you to Retire is… January 5, 2015

For many, the prospect of retirement seems impossibly far away, something to be worried about at a later time. But for millions...

Nov. 2014 Case-Shiller Forecast: Home Price Changes Slowing, But Still Growing December 30, 2014

The October S&P/Case-Shiller (SPCS) data released this morning showed more slowing in the housing market, with annual...

Case-Shiller Continues to 'Come Back to Earth' in October December 30, 2014

Today, the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices showed that the non-seasonally adjusted (NSA) October 10- and 20-City...

Americans paid $441 billion in rent in 2014 December 30, 2014

America’s 41 million renter households spent $441 billion on rent in 2014, up 4.9 percent from 2013 due to the combination...