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Charted:The Most Polluted Cities in the U.S, Housing Trends This Past Week,and 8 more Real Estate Insights

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― Stephen Covey

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Macro Trends

Economic Watch: Inflation Cools Slightly in April link

  • In April, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 0.3% monthly and 3.4% annually, marking a slight decrease from March's figures. This moderation suggests a cooling inflation trend, aligning with the Federal Reserve's expectations for easing inflation pressures.

  • Core inflation, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, remained stable with a 0.3% increase from the previous month and a 3.6% rise over the past year. April's core inflation rate is the lowest it has been since April 2021, indicating that the Federal Reserve's tighter monetary policy is influencing economic conditions.

  • The report forecasts subdued capital market activities for Q2 but anticipates improvement later in the year. Lower volatility and declining bond yields, expected to reach 4.1% by year-end, are likely to bolster commercial real estate investment and maintain healthy economic growth.

Real Estate Trends

Investor Home Purchases Rise for First Time in Nearly Two Years link

  • The first increase in investor home purchases since mid-2022 was recorded in Q1 2024, marking a subtle yet significant shift. Investor purchases rose by 0.5% year-over-year, indicating a renewed interest in the housing market.

  • California saw significant activity, with jumps over 20% in markets like San Jose and Oakland. This region experienced some of the highest increases, underscoring its attractiveness to investors despite high property values.

  • Investors are also focusing more on single-family homes and entering the affordable housing market, purchasing 26% of low-priced homes. This trend shows a strategic diversification of investment portfolios, likely driven by the potential for higher returns and growing rental demand.

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Foreclosure Activity Nationwide Shows Slight Decline in April 2024 link

  • Foreclosure filings in the U.S. decreased slightly by 4% both monthly and annually, totaling 31,649 properties in April 2024. The report reflects ongoing shifts in the housing market dynamics.

  • Maryland, Illinois, and Nevada had the highest rates of foreclosure, with significant disparities observed across different states and metropolitan areas. For example, Elkhart, IN, and Columbia, SC, topped the list in their respective categories for highest foreclosure rates.

  • Despite the overall decline, foreclosure starts in some states like Maryland and Oregon saw a sharp increase, demonstrating regional variations in foreclosure activities. Major cities like Chicago, New York, and Houston led in the number of foreclosure starts.

Weekly Housing Trends —Data for Week Ending May 11, 2024 link


  • Median listing prices stayed flat year-over-year for the second week in a row, but per square foot prices rose 3.8%. Smaller, more affordable homes are driving this trend.

  • New listings increased by 6.6% compared to last year, although this growth rate has slowed since February. Seller activity is still cautious due to high mortgage rates.

  • Active inventory is up 35.0% year-over-year, marking the highest number of homes for sale since August 2020. The South leads with a 43.0% inventory increase.

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Something I found Interesting

Most US Homes Are Overvalued link

  • Home prices in the U.S. are significantly inflated, often by more than 10%, with a population-weighted average overvaluation at 11.1% as of late last year. Prices might see some moderation later this year.

  • The majority of metropolitan areas in the U.S., about 90%, are experiencing overvaluation. This includes a decrease from 91% in the previous quarter.

  • Memphis tops the list as the most overvalued metro area among the 50 largest populations in the country. This indicates a possibly concerning trend for potential homebuyers in these regions.

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Percent Change In Home Values, Month over Month, Seasonally Adjusted


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Charted:The Most Polluted Cities in the U.S.


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