Record 57 Million Americans Living in Multi-Generational Households
Source: Wall St. Journal
A record 57 million Americans—or 18.1 percent of the population—lived in multi-generational households in 2012, according to an analysis of Census data by the Pew Research Center. Overall, the share of Americans living in multi-generational households continues to climb, and the recession accelerated the trend. Making sense of the story The number of multi-generational households has doubled since 1980. The arrangement of having multiple generations together under one roof spiked during the Great Recession of 2007-2009 and has kept growing in the post-recession period, albeit at a slower. Young adults ages 25 to 34 have been a major component of the growth in the population living with multiple generations since 1980—and especially since 2010. By 2012, roughly one-in-four of these young adults (23.6 percent) lived in multi-generational households, up from 18.7 percent in 2007 and 11 percent in 1980. In recent years, younger adults have surpassed older adults who live in multi-generational households. In 2012, 22.7 percent of adults ages 85 and older lived in a multi-generational household, which is just shy of the 23.6 percent of adults aged 25 to 34 in the same situation. Among young adults, men are significantly more likely than women to be living in multigenerational Racial and ethnic minorities generally have been more likely to live in multi-generational family arrangements, and their numbers have grown with increased immigration since the 1970s. In 2012 about one-in-four Hispanics and blacks lived in a multi-generational household.
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FHA Premium Issue Sure to Challenge New HUD Chief
Source: National Mortgage News
Industry calls to lower Federal Housing Administration premiums will be a key issue that Julian Castro, the new head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, will have to address when he takes the reins. Banking and housing groups have stressed that lowering FHA premiums is crucial to improving loan affordability. Castro’s predecessor, Shaun Donovan, resisted calls to lower premiums.
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Where Can Renters Afford to Own? Interactive Map
Source: Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies
Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies found that in looking at renters in the age group of 25-34, most would find the monthly costs of homeownership affordable in many metros across the country. Indeed, in 42 of the 85 metros studied, more than half of renters can afford the monthly costs of homeownership. So where are these buyers? Low inventory in many areas, combined with unemployment, income stagnation, and student loan debt have hampered sales.
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Forecast Says U.S. Home Prices Are Overvalued, Will Peak In 2016
Source:Wall Street Journal
Americans should prepare for several years of home prices that don’t increase much because the market’s price rebound has almost run its course, according to a report published by bond strategists at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The analysts state that U.S. home prices, after being undervalued relative to household incomes by around 6 percent at the end of 2011, have now rebounded to levels that are 9.7 percent overvalued. They suggest that the post-crisis boom in home prices witnessed over the last two years “is most likely over.”
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How to Buy a Home in a Competitive Real Estate Market
Source: Fox Business
The growing gap between affordability and housing prices has created a frustrating dynamic for potential homeowners. But there are a few factors that can give you an advantage when you’re trying to secure an initial commitment from the seller, such as getting the right REALTOR® and understanding how you appear on paper.
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Should Housing Policy Support Renters More?
Source: New York Times
In many markets across the country, buying is no longer the bargain it seemed to be a few years ago as Americans contend with the appeal of homeownership. The New York Times asked six experts to debate whether or not housing policy should be more balanced by supporting rental housing and homeownership on more equal footing.
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What you should know …
Lower interest rates and stabilizing home prices combined to boost home sales in June, according to the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.). However, diminished home
affordability remains a challenge for buyers, particularly in high cost areas of the state. Sales in June increased 1.5 percent from a revised 389,060 in May but were down 4.8 percent
from a revised 414,830 in June 2013. June marked the eighth straight month that sales were below the 400,000 level and the eleventh straight decline on a year-over-year basis. The statewide median price of an existing, single-family detached home slipped 2 percent from May’s median price of $466,320 to $457,160 but was up 6.6 percent from the revised $428,700 recorded in June 2013. The statewide median home price has increased year over year for the previous 28 months, marking more than two full years of consecutive year-over-year price