Aren't things supposed to be slow in December?
Not if you want to buy a house, apparently. Or at least thinking about it...
Zillow's abundant web pages of homes for sale clearly showed that home prices were on the naughty list last year. But getting the word out apparently landed Zillow on the "nice" list somewhere.
I've been thinking a lot about liquidity lately.
Not just because it's the holidays and, as anyone with a house full of Christian (or agnostic, or atheist) children knows, cash flows out to retailers like floodwaters rushing a city built too close to the Mississippi delta, but also because I've been reading a fair amount of mortgage news of late.
People are listening to real estate economists today in a way that anyone who covered the industry a decade or more ago would not recognize. Smoke is one of the members of this new wave of real estate economists. In fact, Smoke is actually the newest one on the block. The upstart economists at places like Trulia and Zillow are still new, Smoke is just the latest player to join the game..
Typically, for a process and a product that depends largely on human effort, if you want a higher quality product, you have to pay more. The best doctors, chefs, mechanics and attorneys all make more than the market average. Nevertheless, lenders, AMCs and Fannie Mae all expect appraisal quality to increase even as appraiser fees decrease. Read More