A composite index of 25 major US metropolitan markets showed a 1.2% increase in house prices in April.
Radar Logic's 25-MSA (metropolitan statistical area) RPX index showed the largest monthly increase since June 2007. The composite remains 20% below its year-ago level, however, and overall has plunged 32% below its peak.
Foreclosure sales continued to drive price declines and fueled an increase in sale transactions in key local markets across the nation during August, according to data released Friday by Radar Logic Inc., a New York-based real estate data and analytics company.
There are motivated home sellers, and then there are motivated home sellers. In this market, that term has taken on new meaning, capturing sales made under borrower duress as well as institutional sellers looking to sell off REO properties in an effort to clear their books. And the number of motivated sellers, by most accounts, has been growing pretty dramatically, pretty much in tandem with declining property values and mushrooming foreclosure totals.
“Nearly every part of the real estate process has been transformed by technology except for home financing. Getting a mortgage is still manual, frustrating and confusing,” said Nick Stamos, CEO and founder of Sindeo..
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