Valuations

Appraisal volume falls three weeks in a row

Continues recent lows into fourth quarter
Appraisal volume doesn't look like it's changing pace anytime soon. Looking at the latest report from a la mode, the fourth quarter is continuing the slow volume levels witnessed for most of the past two months.
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Appraisal volume trudges through September

Only one week in September posted a rise
With September completely over, the latest National Appraisal Volume Index gives a full picture of how the month performed, revealing that only one week posted a rise for the whole month. In fact, the NAVI has actually fallen five of the last six weeks.
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Appraisal volume remains quiet in September

4-week average slightly edges up
There’s less than one week left in September, and so far, the month’s recorded quite the roller coaster. However, despite the drastic rise and fall, September still followed season trends, especially given the beginning of the month included the Labor Day holiday.
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Political battleground states see highest rise in property values

One state saw 78% increase in past 5 years
At this point in the election cycle, eight states are now considered swing states, as they could be the keys in this year’s election. A deeper look into those states shows that home prices increased more than in traditionally Republican or Democratic states. In one battleground state, home prices increased by 78% since 2011.
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California Realtors getting nervous about housing market future

CAR's 2016 housing predictions came true, now what?
Now more than half a year into 2016, and the California Association of Realtors’ predictions that a shortage of available inventory and continued high costs would limit improvements in 2016 are coming true. And looking at the latest CAR report, it appears to be getting to Realtors.
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Dallas-area housing market facing new danger

Affordability crisis spreads across metroplex
In almost every housing or home price report, Dallas comes out in the top ten. In one study, cities in the Dallas metro even made up five of the top ten spots. That then begs the question: is the market overheating? Will Dallas become the next San Francisco? Is the much-vaunted housing market in the Big-D about to start getting Fs?
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When is the best time of year to buy a home?

Listing prices are the same, sold prices are down
Spoiler: Home prices peak in the summer months, so that's not the best time to buy a home, according to a study by NerdWallet. So, can you guess the season when the listing prices of homes seem to be business as usual, but the sale price plummets? If so, you've just found the "hidden" market for homebuyers.
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