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428,000 Property Foreclosures in U.S. in First Half of 2017, Down 20 Percent Annually

428,000 Property Foreclosures in U.S. in First Half of 2017, Down 20 Percent Annually

A total of 428,400 U.S. properties with foreclosure filings -- default notices, scheduled auctions or bank repossessions -- in the first six months of 2017 Read More »


New Home Purchase Mortgage Applications in U.S. Increase 5.1 Percent Annually

New Home Purchase Mortgage Applications in U.S. Increase 5.1 Percent Annually

U.S. mortgage applications for new home purchases increased 5.1 percent compared to July 2016. Compared to June 2017, applications decreased by 12 percent. This change does not include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns. Read More »

Loan Delinquency Rates in U.S. Lowest in Nearly a Decade

Loan Delinquency Rates in U.S. Lowest in Nearly a Decade

Nationally, 4.5 percent of mortgages were in some stage of delinquency (30 days or more past due including those in foreclosure) in May 2017. This represents a 0.8 percentage point decline in the overall delinquency rate compared with May 2016 when it was 5.3 percent. Read More »

346 New $1 Million Neighborhoods Formed in U.S. Since 2014

346 New $1 Million Neighborhoods Formed in U.S. Since 2014

According to Zillow, nearly one in 20 residential ZIP codes in the U.S. meets the definition of a $1 Million Neighborhood, meaning at least 10 percent of the homes there are worth seven figures or more. Read More »


Global Property Spotlight

Brand New Residences Bring Modern Luxury Living to Paradise Island Bahamas

Brand New Residences Bring Modern Luxury Living to Paradise Island Bahamas

In the heart of breathtaking Paradise Island adjacent to Nassau, Bahamas, a very rare residential opportunity will soon be available. Opportunities like this are extremely limited on this 685 acre island paradise. Read More »


Regional Real Estate News

Last Updated August 22, 2017 9:02 AM ET

North America

A total of 428,400 U.S. properties with foreclosure filings -- default notices, scheduled auctions or bank repossessions -- in the first six months of 2017

U.S. mortgage applications for new home purchases increased 5.1 percent compared to July 2016. Compared to June 2017, applications decreased by 12 percent. This change does not include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns.

Nationally, 4.5 percent of mortgages were in some stage of delinquency (30 days or more past due including those in foreclosure) in May 2017. This represents a 0.8 percentage point decline in the overall delinquency rate compared with May 2016 when it was 5.3 percent.

According to Zillow, nearly one in 20 residential ZIP codes in the U.S. meets the definition of a $1 Million Neighborhood, meaning at least 10 percent of the homes there are worth seven figures or more.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department, nationwide housing starts fell 4.8 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.16 million units.

The headstrong supply and demand imbalances in much of the United States slightly tempered the pace of sales and caused home prices to maintain their robust growth in the second quarter of 2017.

Last Updated June 2, 2017 9:00 AM ET

Latin America

Billionaire real estate developer and U.S. President Donald Trump, who once considered building luxury hotels in Cuba, is getting set to swing a sky-high verbal crane over the tiny Communist-governed nation.

More than 33,830 rooms in 199 hotel projects are under contract in the Caribbean and Mexico. The total represents a 4.4% increase in rooms under contract compared with January 2016.

According to InternationalLiving.com's recently released 2017 Global Retirement Index, the top retirement destination in the world this year now goes to Mexico.

According to InternationalLiving.com's 2017 Global Retirement Index, Mexico gets top marks as the best place to retire based on cost of living, retiree benefits, climate, healthcare, and more.

Cuban President Raul Castro has confronted U.S. President-Elect Donald J. Trump's hardball pitch to possibly break up President Obama's one year-old detente with the Communist island nation with a hardball gesture of his own.

According to InternationalLiving.com, there has been a 160% surge in online searches for terms like "move overseas" and "expats overseas" post Trump election victory this week.

Last Updated August 11, 2017 9:00 AM ET

Europe

It's turning out that 2017 is becoming a very good year for Spain's property market, as JLL is now forecasting this year will be the eighth consecutive year of foreign buyer property growth.

According to international real estate consultant Knight Frank, buyers from Hong Kong have purchased £2.2 billion ($2.86b USD) of office buildings in the City of London over the first half of the year.

Over €770 million of Irish property was traded in the first 6 months of 2017. Although this is down from H1 2016, last year was an exceptional year.

On the heels of a failed snap election in an effort to build a bigger majority and a personal mandate, Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, now faces the though job of trying to forge a coalition deal to stay in power.

According to JLL, office completions in Moscow in Q1 2017 dropped to 21,143 square meters, 63% down Year-over-year. The delivery of 63,000 square meters of future office space was postponed.

The market in the Russian capital is still riding strong, gaining volume of rooms sold in most segments and rates in some. Overall, the weighted market average occupancy of the quality hotels in the Russian capital had risen 2.6 ppt.

Last Updated August 9, 2017 9:07 AM ET

Asia Pacific

According to CBRE, demand for office space in Tokyo remains stable across a wide range of sectors in 2017. One Grade A building was completed during the second quarter, with several large units still available.

According to CBRE, a wave of new office supply is on the horizon for Sydney's commercial market, providing a plethora of prime grade options in the nation's largest CBD.

According to JLL's latest Hong Kong Monthly Market Monitor report, returning office stock arising from expiring leases led to a net withdrawal of 16,000 sq. ft in the Grade A office market in June 2017.

Macau's gaming revenue recorded y-o-y growth for the 11th month in a row, driving A residential property market rebounded amid the robust primary sales, leading to strong price growth in some of the residential projects.

According to JLL's latest white paper - Up, Up and Away: The Rise and Rise of Hong Kong's Residential Market, JLL expects Hong Kong's housing prices to grow 15% in the coming 30 months given strong demand from owner-occupiers

According to global real estate advisor Knight Frank, office skyscrapers in Hong Kong are the most expensive commercial real estate assets in the world in 2017.

Last Updated July 20, 2017 8:00 AM ET

Middle East and Africa Pacific

The recently announced Emirates Towers Business Park is set to become Dubai's most defining commercial development in over 10 years.

Dubai's vision to diversify its economy further and establish itself as a thriving global business hub has accelerated business activity in a number of innovative industries, in turn spurring a new stream of demand for industrial space.

According to the National Association of Realtors, existing-home sales rebounded in May following a notable decline in April, and low inventory levels helped propel the median sales price to a new high.

According to STR, the hotel industry in Dubai, recorded strong occupancy levels during the first quarter of 2017 despite continued and significant supply growth.

Weakening economic conditions, tapering off in demand for oil and gas, and an increase in real estate supply has led to increased pressure on the Bahrain real estate industry.

According to international real estate consultant Cluttons, values across Dubai's freehold residential areas slid by 8.8% in 2016, largely in line with Cluttons' original forecast for the year of -10%.

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