Rents and the Housing Recovery

April 11, 2013

If you’re new to Altos Research, check out our main web site to learn about how we do our real estate market data and how you can benefit from it. By now it should be clear to everyone that a multi-year home price rebound started in January of 2012. It should also be obvious to […]

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Real Estate Shadow Demand Outweighs its Shadow Inventory

March 20, 2013

Quit your yapping about how strong the real estate market is, Simonsen. It’s a fake rally. There is no actual demand. That’s the bearish argument I’ve been hearing lately. I’m not buying it. For years we’ve been watching the phenomenon of “Shadow Inventory” of potential homes that need to be sold, and looking for impact […]

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Why Forecasts for the 2013 Housing Market are Too Low

March 4, 2013

I’m in Washington DC to talk to the National Association of Business Economics on the state of the housing market. I ran into Lawrence Yun, the chief economist for the National Association of Realtors and he mentioned that he just raised his forecast for 2013 from 4% year over year to 7-8%. That’s pretty bullish. Yun, […]

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Three Reasons Why Housing Inventory is So Low

February 25, 2013

There’s no question about it, the operative theme of the 2013 housing market is restricted supply. Ever since the bubble burst in 2006, we’ve been hearing about the dangers of over supply, of the massive “shadow inventory” out there. Yet we’re living in a vastly different reality. There are 40% fewer homes on the market now […]

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Three Signs 2013 will be the Hottest Housing Year Since 2005

February 19, 2013

In January I penned an article for HousingWire magazine (paper! registration required) where I guided readers to watch for signals that the Fiscal Cliff could derail the housing recovery. A month later and the signals are strong: The Fiscal Cliff is long gone. The 2013 housing market is on fire, across the country, and the leading […]

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RVM, the Rental Property MVP

November 28, 2012

If there’s one thing the (self-proclaimed) Data Geeks of Altos enjoy, it’s a challenge – particularly one issued from a client.  Today’s challenge – “What rent can I expect from my residential investment real estate?”  OK, we got that handled. The answer was simple but not easy – the Rental Valuation Model. Click it to […]

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Bad CIA intel leads to bad decisions …

November 28, 2012

(I just read a Tom Clancy novel on vacation.  Every time I read CIA, my brain translated the acronym to Comparative Information Analysis – but I digress.) We’re really jazzed to launch Portfolio Watch – Altos’ next generation analytic platform to help residential real estate investors to know whether it’s best to “rent before selling” […]

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Deciding the Election Based on Housing Values?

November 6, 2012

With personal wealth so heavily tied to real estate equity, voters answering the question “am I better off today than four years ago” may look at recent listing price trends. From July 2011 through October 2012 we have seen a National Average increase in median values of 8.2% in 26 of the major MSA’s we […]

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