Housing Finance Roundup

This week has produced more housing finance reports than you can shake a stick at. Here’s a roundup and summary of what’s happening of reports from Ellie Mae; ATTOM Data Solutions; Redfin; Radian Inc.; TransUnion; Black Knight; Zillow; and PayNearMe.

Pre-COVID-19, Opportunity Zones See Strong Home Price Growth

ATTOM Data Solutions, Irvine, Calif., said more than two-thirds of homes in government-designated “Opportunity Zones” saw positive price growth in the first quarter—that is, before the economic effects of the coronavirus took effect.

ATTOM: Pre-COVID-19, Steady Rates for Equity-Rich Homeowners

ATTOM Data Solutions, Irvine, Calif., said data gathered before the impact of the coronavirus pandemic showed equity-rich American homeowners dipped slightly in the first quarter, even as the share of seriously underwater homeowners edged up.

ATTOM: Home Sellers Saw Average Price Gain of $67,100 in 1Q

ATTOM Data Solutions, Irvine, Calif., released its First-Quarter 2020 U.S. Home Sales Report, which showed home sellers nationwide realized a home price gain of $67,100 on the typical sale, up from $66,264 in the fourth quarter and up from $59,000 a year ago.

ATTOM: March Foreclosure Report Reflects Calm Before the Storm

ATTOM Data Solutions, Irvine, Calif., released its quarterly U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, which showed 156,253 U.S. properties with a foreclosure filing during the first quarter, up 42 percent from the previous quarter but down 3 percent from a year ago.

ATTOM: 2019 Property Taxes Rise to $306 Billion

ATTOM Data Solutions, Irvine, Calif., reported property taxes levied on more than 86 million single-family homes in 2019 totaled $306.4 billion, up 1 percent from $304.6 billion in 2018—the smallest increase in three years.

ATTOM: February Foreclosure Activity at Record Low

ATTOM Data Solutions, Irvine, Calif., reported 48,004 U.S. properties with foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions or bank repossessions — in February, the lowest number of total foreclosure filings recorded it began tracking in April 2005.

ATTOM: Home Affordability Reaches Two-Year High

ATTOM Data Solutions, Irvine, Calif., said owning a median-priced home in the first quarter– costing $252,500 – consumes 31.1 percent of the national average wage, down from 31.4 percent in the fourth quarter and 31.6 percent a year ago to the lowest percentage since fourth quarter.