Home Affordability Becoming More Unequal Across U.S.

The Trulia Price Monitor and Trulia Rent Monitor are the earliest leading indicators of how asking prices and rents are trending nationally and locally. They adjust for the changing mix of listed homes and therefore show what's really happening to asking prices and rents. Because asking prices lead sales prices by... Continue Reading »

Trulia: It's Still a Housing Rebound, Not a Bubble

Home prices today are rising nearly as fast as they did during the peak bubble years of 2005 and 2006. Since that bubble helped push us into the Great Recession, we should all be on high alert for the next housing bubble. To track whether home prices are in or nearing bubble territory, today we introduce Trulia's Bubble... Continue Reading »

Trulia: Housing Recovery Marches on in March

Each month, Trulia's Housing Barometer charts how quickly the housing market is moving back to "normal." We summarize three key housing market indicators: construction starts (Census), existing home sales (NAR), and the delinquency-plus-foreclosure rate (LPS First Look). For each indicator, we compare this month's data to... Continue Reading »

Learn From Their Mistakes: What Homeowners, Renters Regret

Jed Kolko is the chief economist for online listings site Trulia. This article originally appeared on the Trulia Trends blog. Spring house-hunting season is upon us. Home searches peak in March and April, and this year the search is especially frantic as inventory is near a 12-year low. Many homes don't stay on the... Continue Reading »

Baseball Season 2013: Are Homes Near Stadiums Worth More?

Editor's note: Jed Kolko is the chief economist for online listings site Trulia. This article originally appeared on the Trulia Trends blog. Baseball's 2013 season began Sunday night, when the Texas Rangers lost to the Houston Astros. Most other teams kick off the season on Monday. To mark the annual start of... Continue Reading »

Buying a Home 44% Cheaper Than Renting, Despite Rising Prices

Editor's note: Jed Kolko is the chief economist for online listings site Trulia. This article originally appeared on the Trulia Trends blog. Even though asking home prices rose 7 percent in the last year, outpacing rent increases of 3.2 percent, the gap between buying and renting has narrowed only slightly. One year ago,... Continue Reading »

People Are Leaving California for Texas in a Big Way

Jed Kolko is the chief economist for online listings site Trulia. This article originally appeared on the Trulia Trends blog. A constant debate in California politics is whether jobs and people are leaving the state. This week, in fact, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is in California, trying to lure businesses to his state. He... Continue Reading »

Best Cities to Find a Date for Valentine's Day

In Washington, D.C., women often complain about the lack of available men. On the other hand, "Man Jose" (which is San Jose, Calif., of course) gets that nickname for having too few available women for the men of Silicon Valley. But is it fact or fiction? In love, as with real estate, it's better to get the inside scoop... Continue Reading »

Peak Season for House Hunting in Each State

As winter's end approaches, the housing market wakes up. All key measures of housing activity -- searches, prices, starts, sales, and inventories -- typically hit their annual lows in December or January. But at the start of each year, would-be buyers come out of hibernation first: search behavior starts to pick up in... Continue Reading »

Trulia Housing Barometer: Housing Market 52% Back to Normal

Each month, Trulia's Housing Barometer charts how quickly the housing market is moving back to "normal." We summarize three key housing market indicators: construction starts (Census), existing home sales (NAR) and the delinquency-plus-foreclosure rate (LPS First Look). For each indicator, we compare this month's data... Continue Reading »

10 Best Housing Markets for Home Price Discounts

Now is the bargain real estate season: asking home prices typically hit their seasonal low point from November through January. This winter, however, home price discounts are harder to find. Among all non-foreclosure homes for sale on Trulia in early January, 33.6 percent of homes were priced lower than their original... Continue Reading »

2013 Housing Market Trends: What Will Be Different Than 2012

One year ago, I wrote: "Even the best possible 2012 won't get us halfway back toward normal." That turns out to be true, but barely: the latest Trulia Housing Barometer, for October, showed us that the market is 47 percent back to normal. And this year, we launched the Trulia Price Monitor -- which revealed back in March... Continue Reading »

Housing Recovery: Halfway Back to Normal

Each month, Trulia's Housing Barometer charts how quickly the housing market is moving back to "normal." We summarize three key housing market indicators: construction starts (Census), existing home sales (NAR), and the delinquency-plus-foreclosure rate (LPS First Look). For each indicator, we compare this month's data to... Continue Reading »

Religious Minorities and Real Estate: Where They Live and How They Live

Christmas is the biggest holiday of the year for most Americans. It also stands out as the only federal holiday with religious origins: all other federal holidays commemorate events or people in American history or mark the start of the secular calendar. America is a predominately Christian country: 76 percent of adults... Continue Reading »

Trulia's Housing Misery Index Hints at What's to Come During -- and After -- the Election

Editor's note: The following article was originally published on Trulia's blog. The opinions in this article are that of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of AOL Real Estate. In our last update of Trulia's Housing Misery Index before the election, we look at which states have the highest housing... Continue Reading »

Home Asking Prices Log Biggest Year-Over-Year Jump Since Recession

By Jed Kolko In August, home asking prices rose 2.3 percent year over year, the largest annual jump reported yet by online listing service Trulia's Price Monitor and the largest year-over-year increase since before the recession. Excluding foreclosures, asking prices rose nationally 3.8 percent year over year. The... Continue Reading »

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