economic: 2012 Salt Lake Housing Forecast Report - 01/18/12 07:34 AM

I attended the 2012 Salt Lake Housing Forecast Meeting this morning. The two presenters this year were Eric Belsky, Managing Director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University and James Wood, director of the University of Utah’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research. While Mr. Wood's remarks were pointedly local, Mr. Belsky's report covered the state of the housing market nationally, with concluding remarks to show where Utah stacks up among the states.
The expectations? Cautiously and realistically optimistic. Realistically meaning that while there were no bold statements of certain recovery, the outlook is that things are … (0 comments)

economic: 2012 Salt Lake Housing Forecast - 01/06/12 07:18 AM
I'm looking forward to the 2012 Salt Lake Housing Forecast Breakfast on Wednesday, January 18th. Eric Belsky, Director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University will present on the key factors crucial to supporting a housing and economic recovery in Utah and the nation.
James Wood, Director of the University of Utah's Bureau of Economic and Business Research will also be presenting the 2012 Salt Lake housing forecast.
In addition to being informative, these forecast meetings are really fun to go to. Given that the presentation is given to 500 Realtors, you know the "spin" on the data … (0 comments)

economic: Utah Housing and Mortgage Trends Compared to Other States - 10/26/11 07:26 AM
U.S. Housing and Mortgage Trends
(Source: October 2011 report by CoreLogic)
The homeownership rate is down... almost 10% compared to the homeownership rate in 1980. The median household income is down... (lowest level since 1996) Both renters and owners are spending a greater percentage of their income on housing costs (over 1/3 of their income for both groups. Renters are generally paying 5.2% more of their household income toward housing expenditures than homeowners. 66% of foreclosed properties became REO, i.e. Real Estate Owned ("bank owned") More investors are skipping the foreclosure auction in favor of buying the REO homes directly from the bank. Sales … (0 comments)

economic: What You May Not Hear About The Housing And Economic Recovery Act of 2008 - 07/30/08 11:47 AM
The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 was signed today and that could mean you or someone you know may qualify for up to a $7,500 Refundable Tax Credit.
But...
Be Informed
There are some strings attached to this tax credit that you may not be aware of:
(Click here for A simple overview of how the $7,500 Refundable Tax Credit for first time homebuyers works)
1. First, the biggie: You may have to pay this tax credit back!
I can hear you saying, "What!?"
Let me explain:
Think of the Refundable Tax Credit as a 0% loan from the … (3 comments)

economic: The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 - How First Time Home Buyers can get a $7,500 Refundable Tax Credit - 07/30/08 11:44 AM
The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 was signed today and that could mean you or someone you know may qualify for up to a $7,500 Refundable Tax Credit.
A simple overview of how it works
You are eligible if:
You are a first time home buyer (meaning neither you nor your spouse has owned a principal residence (home, townhouse, condo, etc.) in the last 3 years.
You purchase(d) a home "on or after April 9, 2008, and before July 1, 2009".
Your Modified Adjusted Gross Income is less than $150,000 (for married taxpayers) or less than $75,000 (for single … (0 comments)

 
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