Saturday, October 31, 2009

Housing: "First-time buyers and investors" are "market’s lifeblood"

by Calculated Risk on 10/31/2009 03:51:00 PM

From three DataQuick reports on Las Vegas, Miami and Phoenix ...

Las Vegas:

In September, a popular form of financing used by first-time home buyers – government-insured FHA loans – accounted for 53.8 percent of all home purchases, up from 52 percent in August. Absentee buyers bought 40.4 percent of all Las Vegas–area homes last month – the highest figure for any month this decade. Absentee buyers are often investors, but could include second-home buyers and others who, for various reasons, indicate at the time of sale that the property tax bill will be sent to a different address.
emphasis added
Miami:
A popular form of financing used by first-time home buyers - government-insured FHA loans - accounted for 45.0 percent of all September purchases, while absentee buyers bought 29.7 percent of all homes last month, according to an analysis of public property records.
Phoenix:
First-time buyers and investors remained the market’s lifeblood. Last month 46.7 percent of all Phoenix-area buyers used government-insured FHA loans, a popular choice among first-time buyers, according to an analysis of public property records. Absentee buyers made up 38.5 percent of all purchases ...
We are far from a healthy market ...