Zillow: Newly Unemployed Service Workers Owe $1.7 Billion/Month in Housing Payments

Zillow, Seattle, said its analysis found more than $1.7 billion in rent and mortgage payments is owed each month by U.S. service-sector workers currently receiving unemployment benefits as a result of the coronavirus pandemic — payments that could be in jeopardy if expanded local and federal unemployment assistance fades or workers remain without incomes longer than expected.

Analysts: Missing Spring Home Sales to Disperse over ‘Years’

When the coronavirus pandemic turned the economy upside down, anxiety and uncertainty about the future initially kept many home buyers and sellers at bay. Inventory and sales have picked up over the past month, though, and a panel of housing experts and economists sponsored by Zillow, Seattle, say the U.S. housing market hasn’t lost those missing springtime transactions for good. But it could take years for a full recovery.

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.

Homes For Sale at 7-Year Low

Zillow, Seattle, said for-sale homes in the U.S. fell to their lowest point in seven years in December, with no signs of improving any time soon.

‘Million-Dollar City’ Club Grows, But New Entrants Running Dry

Zillow, Seattle, said 11 cities are expected to join the “Million Dollar City” list in 2020—where the typical home value is at least $1 million—but five cities are likely to fall out, with few new entrants expected in coming years.