VIDEO: Sun Valley Resort Unscathed by the Beaver Creek Fire

Sun Valley Resort Video: We are pleased to report that the resort is unscathed by the Beaver Creek Fire and operating normally.

SOURCE: Sun Valley Resort

VIDEO: Housing prices could rise 10 percent by year-end

Although the housing recovery is just getting started, investors and homeowners alike can expect to see prices jump in the coming months, Richard Smith, the president and CEO of Realogy Holdings, told CNBC.

“We are in the early stages,” Smith said on “Squawk on the Street” on Wednesday. “This is a three-, four-, maybe even five-year correction process. … We’ll talk about stability when we get to that time frame.”

“Prices are continuing to go up,” he said. “Demand is outstripping supply, so pricing is reacting. You can listen to [the National Association of Realtors] that there’s another 9 to 10 percent price increase between now and the end of the year.”

Inventory is “selling as quickly as we can get it,” Smith said, estimating that turnover is 5.2 months nationally and may extend to six months by next year.
Early indications are that higher interest rates are having little impact on home sales, he said.

“We’re a firm believer that affordability is the issue,” he said, citing data from the National Association of Realtors that suggest buying a home is still affordable. If mortgage rates rise to the level of 6 percent or 7 percent, affordability could suffer, he added, “but we have a long ways to go.”

But the market is difficult for first-time homebuyers, who are subject to mortgage underwriting restrictions, Smith said. He is hopeful that the final Dodd-Frank rules will include a less cumbersome definition of a qualified residential mortgage (QRM).

“Right now, lenders are lending at the highest possible standard, because they don’t know the rules,” he said, adding that rules on lending will be “more practical” when QRM is defined

Other potential regulatory changes are removal of the 20 percent down payment requirement and relaxation of the obligation for lenders to hold a percentage of a given loan on their balance sheet, Smith said.

“All that now is in play,” he said.

SOURCE: CNBC

VIDEO: Home builder confidence soars despite rising rates

Confidence among the nation’s home builders in July jumped to the highest level since January of 2006, according to a monthly index from the National Association of Home Builders. This is the third consecutive monthly gain. The index stands at 57. Fifty is the line between positive and negative sentiment.

Builder Confidence in Hailey Idaho“Today’s report is particularly encouraging in that it shows improvement in builder confidence across every region as well as solid gains in current sales conditions, traffic of prospective buyers and sales expectations for the next six months,” noted NAHB Chairman Rick Judson, a home builder from Charlotte, N.C. “This positive momentum could be disrupted by threats on the policy side, particularly with regard to the mortgage interest deduction and federal support for the housing finance system.”

All three components of the index rose in July. Current sales conditions rose five points to 60—the highest level since early 2006. The component gauging sales expectations in the next six months gained seven points to 67, and the component gauging traffic of prospective buyers rose five points to 45—marking the strongest readings for each since late 2005.

“Builders are seeing more motivated buyers coming through their doors as the inventory of existing homes for sale continues to tighten,” noted NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “Meanwhile, as the infrastructure that supplies home building returns, some previously skyrocketing building material costs have begun to soften.”Sales of newly built homes rose just over 2 percent from May to June. Single family housing starts were flat. But permits, considered a more reliable indicator, gained 1.3 percent month-to-month.

Home builders have been hampered by a lack of finished lots on which to build, as well as by shortages in skilled labor and building materials. Builders have been raising prices in order to make up for higher costs, and record low interest rates have helped them to be able to do that.

“Builders may be somewhat insulated from rising rates due to price points. New homes typically aren’t “entry level” and buyers that qualify can generally weather a .375 percent to .75 percent change in rates without getting declined due to debt-to-income,” said Matthew Graham of Mortgage New Daily. “I think the confluence of rising prices and falling rates in the 3.25 percent range is what fueled the frenzy. Now we just have the rising prices part, so all things being equal, it should be cooling down.”

SOURCE: CNBC

VIDEO: Understanding Home Mortgage Basics

 

 

This is a short video created by Wells Fargo that explains the basics elements as it relates to a home mortgage. Worth watching, especially if you have never financed a home before.

SHORT VIDEO: From Gloom to Bloom • Housing Outlook

Each month, Freddie Mac compiles data on major economic, housing and mortgage market indicators and offers forecasts. Vice President and Chief Economist, Frank Nothaft provides a brief video preview of this month’s outlook.

U.S. Economic & Housing Outlook

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VIDEO: November Existing-Home Sales &Prices Maintain Upward Trend

WASHINGTON (December 20, 2012) – Existing-home sales continued to improve in November with low inventory supply pressuring home prices, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

Total existing-home sales1, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, rose 5.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.04 million in November from a downwardly revised 4.76 million in October, and are 14.5 percent higher than the 4.40 million-unit pace in November 2011. Sales are at the highest level since November 2009 when the annual pace spiked at 5.44 million.

Lawrence Yun , NAR chief economist, said there is healthy market demand. “Momentum continues to build in the housing market from growing jobs and a bursting out of household formation,” he said. “With lower rental vacancy rates and rising rents, combined with still historically favorable affordability conditions, more people are buying homes. Areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy show storm-related disruptions but overall activity in the Northeast is up, offset by gains in unaffected areas.”

Home Sales For Homes $750,000+ Are Up 50%

The national median existing-home price2 for all housing types was $180,600 in November, up 10.1 percent from November 2011. This is the ninth consecutive monthly year-over-year price gain, which last occurred from September 2005 to May 2006.

Distressed homes3 – foreclosures and short sales sold at deep discounts – accounted for 22 percent of November sales (12 percent were foreclosures and 10 percent were short sales), down from 24 percent in October and 29 percent in November 2011. Foreclosures sold for an average discount of 20 percent below market value in November, while short sales were discounted 16 percent.

“The market share of distressed property sales will fall into the teens next year based on a diminishing number of seriously delinquent mortgages,” Yun said.

Total housing inventory at the end of November fell 3.8 percent to 2.03 million existing homes available for sale, which represents a 4.8-month supply 4 at the current sales pace; it was 5.3 months in October, and is the lowest housing supply since September of 2005 when it was 4.6 months.

Listed inventory is 22.5 percent below a year ago when there was a 7.1-month supply. Raw unsold inventory is now at the lowest level since December 2001 when there were 1.89 million homes on the market.

According to Freddie Mac, the national average commitment rate for a 30-year, conventional, fixed-rate mortgage fell to a record low 3.35 percent in November from 3.38 percent in October; the rate was 3.99 percent in November 2011.

NAR President Gary Thomas, broker-owner of Evergreen Realty in Villa Park, Calif., said there’s been speculation of a rise in short sales before the end of the year with pending expiration of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act. “However, there’s been no movement in short sales, their market share is staying in a narrow range, and they’re still taking much longer to sell – typically three months,” he said.

“The fact remains it is extremely difficult to expedite a short sale, and banks’ response to client urgency is only starting to improve. However, we’re hopeful that the act will be extended before it expires on December 31 so sellers don’t have to pay taxes on forgiven mortgage debt, which would be unfairly treated as income for owners who are selling under duress,” Thomas said.

The median time on market for all homes was 70 days in November, slightly below 71 days in October, but is 28.6 percent below 98 days in November 2011. Thirty-two percent of homes sold in November were on the market for less than a month, while 20 percent were on the market for six months or longer; these findings are unchanged from October.

First-time buyers accounted for 30 percent of purchases in November, down from 31 percent in October and 35 percent in November 2011.

All-cash sales were at 30 percent of transactions in November, up slightly from 29 percent in October and 28 percent in November 2011. Investors, who account for most cash sales, purchased 19 percent of homes in November, little changed from 20 percent in October; they were 19 percent in November 2011.

Single-family home sales rose 5.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.44 million in November from 4.21 million in October, and are 12.4 percent higher than the 3.95 million-unit level in November 2011. The median existing single-family home price was $180,600 in November, up 10.1 percent from a year ago.

Existing condominium and co-op sales jumped 9.1 percent to an annualized level of 600,000 in November from 550,000 in October, and are 33.3 percent above the 450,000-unit pace a year ago. The median existing condo price was $181,000 in November, which is 10.6 percent higher than November 2011.

Regionally, existing-home sales in the Northeast rose 6.9 percent to an annual rate of 620,000 in November and are 14.8 percent above November 2011. The median price in the Northeast was $232,900, down 2.0 percent from a year ago.

Existing-home sales in the Midwest increased 7.2 percent in November to a pace of 1.19 million and are 21.4 percent higher than a year ago. The median price in the Midwest was $141,600, which is 7.0 percent above November 2011.

In the South, existing-home sales rose 7.9 percent to an annual level of 2.04 million in November and are 17.2 percent above November 2011. The median price in the South was $157,400, up 10.5 percent from a year ago.

Existing-home sales in the West rose 0.8 percent a pace of 1.19 million in November and are 4.4 percent higher than a year ago. With ongoing inventory constraints, the median price in the West was $248,300, which is 23.9 percent above November 2011.

SOURCE: National Association of Realtors

 

Video Snapshot: Sun Valley Village Activities

Here’s a great, short video that highlights just a few of the wonderful winter activities happening now at the Sun Valley Village.

Everything from the magical Ginger Bread Village display to a Free Christmas Ice Skating Show including the arrival of Santa in his sleigh makes us appreciate this wonderful community we call home.

VIDEO: Existing-Home Sales Rise in October

Sales of existing homes increased in October, even with some regional impact from Hurricane Sandy, while home prices continued to rise due to lower levels of inventory supply, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, rose 2.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.79 million in October from a downwardly revised 4.69 million in September, and are 10.9 percent above the 4.32 million-unit level in October 2011.

Lawrence Yun , NAR chief economist, said there was some impact from Hurricane Sandy. “Home sales continue to trend up and most October transactions were completed by the time the storm hit, but the growing demand with limited inventory is pressuring home prices in much of the country,” he said. “We expect an impact on Northeastern home sales in the coming months from a pause and delays in storm-impacted regions.”

The national median existing-home price for all housing types was $178,600 in October, which is 11.1 percent above a year ago. This marks eight consecutive monthly year-over-year increases, which last occurred from October 2005 to May 2006.

“Rising home prices have already resulted in a $760 billion growth in home equity during the past year,” Yun said. “Given that each percentage point of price appreciation translates into an additional $190 billion in home equity, we could see close to a $1 trillion gain next year.”

Distressed homes – foreclosures and short sales sold at deep discounts – accounted for 24 percent of October sales (12 percent were foreclosures and 12 percent were short sales), unchanged from September; they were 28 percent in October 2011. Foreclosures sold for an average discount of 20 percent below market value in October, while short sales were discounted 14 percent.

Total housing inventory at the end of October fell 1.4 percent to 2.14 million existing homes available for sale, which represents a 5.4-month supply at the current sales pace, down from 5.6 months in September, and is the lowest housing supply since February of 2006 when it was 5.2 months. Listed inventory is 21.9 percent below a year ago when there was a 7.6-month supply.

According to Freddie Mac, the national average commitment rate for a 30-year, conventional, fixed-rate mortgage fell to a record low 3.38 percent in October from 3.47 percent in September; the rate was 4.07 percent in October 2011.

NAR President Gary Thomas, broker-owner of Evergreen Realty in Villa Park, Calif., said record low mortgage interest rates shouldn’t be taken for granted. “Even with rising home prices, we’ll continue to see favorable housing affordability conditions over the coming year, but they won’t last forever,” he said.

“Inflationary pressures are expected to build during the next two years. As a result, mortgage interest rates will also rise with inflation. Buyers who are currently held back by tight mortgage credit standards should work to improve their credit scores so they’ll be able to qualify for a mortgage while conditions are still favorable.”

With stringent mortgage underwriting standards, Thomas said it’s very important to understand credit issues and how credit scores work. “Realtors ® are a good source to learn about lenders with more reasonable terms and ways to increase your likelihood of obtaining safe and sound financing. Buyers can also visit NAR’s consumer website, Houselogic.com, and search for ‘credit score.'”

The median time on market was 71 days in October, little changed from 70 days in September, but down 26.0 percent from 96 days in October 2011. Thirty-two percent of homes sold in October were on the market for less than a month, while 20 percent were on the market for six months or longer.

First-time buyers accounted for 31 percent of purchases in October, compared with 32 percent in September and 34 percent in October 2011.

All-cash sales were at 29 percent of transactions in October, up slightly from 28 percent in September; they were 29 percent in October 2011. Investors, who account for most cash sales, purchased 20 percent of homes in October, up from 18 percent in September; they were 18 percent in October 2011.

Single-family home sales rose 1.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.22 million in October from 4.14 million in September, and are 9.6 percent above the 3.85 million-unit pace in October 2011. The median existing single-family home price was $178,700 in October, which is 10.9 percent higher than a year ago.

Existing condominium and co-op sales rose 3.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 570,000 in October from 550,000 in September, and are 21.3 percent above the 470,000-unit level a year ago. The median existing condo price was $177,500 in October, up 11.7 percent from October 2011.

Regionally, existing-home sales in the Northeast fell 1.7 percent to an annual pace of 580,000 in October but are 13.7 percent above October 2011. The median price in the Northeast was $232,600, which is 4.6 percent above a year ago.

Existing-home sales in the Midwest rose 1.8 percent in October to a level of 1.11 million and are 18.1 percent above a year ago. The median price in the Midwest was $145,600, up 10.6 percent from October 2011.

In the South, existing-home sales increased 2.1 percent to an annual pace of 1.92 million in October and are 11.0 percent higher than October 2011. The median price in the South was $152,200, which is 8.2 percent above a year ago.

Existing-home sales in the West rose 4.4 percent to an annual level of 1.18 million in October and are 3.5 percent above a year ago. With much tighter inventory conditions, the median price in the West was $242,100, up 21.2 percent from October 2011.

SOURCE: National Association of Realtors®

October 2012 U.S. Economic And Housing Market Outlook

Freddie Mac released today its U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for October showing the expansion of the Federal Reserve’s Maturity Extension Program is sparking a further pick-up in housing activity. Therefore, Freddie Mac is revisiting its economic and housing market projections for the remainder of this year and for 2013.


Outlook Highlights

Housing contributed 0.3 percentage points to the first-half 2012 real GDP growth of 1.7 percent (annualized) and will likely add a similar boost during the second half of the year after being a net drag on GDP from 2006-2010.

Projecting 7 million borrowers refinancing in 2012 resulting in an aggregate of $15 billion in mortgage payment savings over the first 12 months after the refinance, a substantial infusion of funds to help strengthen savings and consumption spending by owners.

Expecting single-family origination volume to come in close to $2 trillion in 2012, about a 30-percent rise from 2011, and then drop by 15 to 20 percent in 2013 as refinance ‘burnout’ and somewhat higher mortgage rates during the latter half of next year lead to less refinance activity.

Anticipate a favorable interest-rate environment to remain through the end of this year and into next with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaging around 3.50 percent.

Click to download the complete October 2012 U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook.

Freddie Mac compiles data on major economic and housing and mortgage market indicators and offers forecasts based on those indicators.

SOURCE: Freddie Mac

VIDEO: U.S. Housing Market Is Recovering – Wells Fargo

Anika Khan, an economist at Wells Fargo Securities LLC, talks about the outlook for the U.S. housing market. Purchases of new homes in August held close to a two-year high figures, from the Commerce Department showed today in Washington. Khan speaks with Mark Crumpton on Bloomberg Television’s “Bottom Line.”