U.S. Foreclosure Activity Drops To An All-Time Low In 2021

ATTOM released its Year-End 2021 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, which shows foreclosure filings— default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 151,153 U.S. properties in 2021, down 29 percent from 2020 and down 95 percent from a peak of nearly 2.9 million in 2010, to the lowest level since tracking began in 2005.

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Home Equity Abounds Across U.S. During Third Quarter

ATTOM released its third-quarter 2021 U.S. Home Equity & Underwater Report, which shows that 39.5 percent of mortgaged residential properties in the United States were considered equity-rich in the third quarter, meaning that the combined estimated amount of loan balances secured by those properties was no more than 50 percent of their estimated market value.

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ATTOM Data: Home Ownership Is More Affordable Than Renting

ATTOM released its 2022 Rental Affordability Report, which shows that owning a median-priced home is more affordable than the average rent on a three-bedroom property in 666, or 58 percent, of the 1,154 U.S. counties analyzed for the report. That means major home ownership expenses consume a smaller portion of average local wages than renting.

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Home Values In Opportunity Zone Redevelopment Areas Maintain Momentum

ATTOM released its third-quarter 2021 special report analyzing qualified low-income Opportunity Zones established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (see full methodology below). In this report, ATTOM looked at 5,402 zones around the United States with sufficient sales data to analyze, meaning they had at least five home sales in the third quarter of 2021.

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Home Flipping Profit Margins Drop Again

ATTOM released its third-quarter 2021 U.S. Home Flipping Report showing that 94,766 single-family houses and condominiums in the United States were flipped in the third quarter. Those transactions represented 5.7 percent of all home sales in the third quarter of 2021, or one in 18 transactions, a figure that was up for the second quarter in a row after a year of declines. The latest total marked an increase from 5.1 percent, or one in every 20 home sales in the nation, during the second quarter of 2021, and from 5.2 percent, or, or one in 19 sales, in the third quarter of last year.

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Mortgage Lending Declines At Unusually Fast Pace In Q3

ATTOM released its third-quarter 2021 U.S. Residential Property Mortgage Origination Report, which shows that 3.59 million mortgages secured by residential property (1 to 4 units) were originated in the third quarter of 2021 in the United States. That figure was up 3 percent from the third quarter of 2020, but down 8 percent from the second quarter of 2021 – the largest quarterly dip in over a year.

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Illinois, New Jersey And Delaware Have Most Markets At Elevated Risk From Pandemic Fallout

ATTOM released its third-quarter 2021 Special Coronavirus Report spotlighting county-level housing markets around the United States that are more or less vulnerable to damage from the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic still endangering the U.S. economy. The report shows that New Jersey, Illinois and Delaware had the highest concentrations of the most at-risk markets in the third quarter – with the biggest clusters in the New York City and Chicago areas – while the West remained far less exposed.

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Home Affordability Slips Again For Average Workers Across U.S.

ATTOM released its third-quarter 2021 U.S. Home Affordability Report, showing that median-priced single-family homes are less affordable in the third quarter compared to historical averages in 75 percent of counties across the nation with enough data to analyze. That is up from 56 percent of counties in the third quarter of 2020, to the highest point in 13 years, as home prices have increased faster than wages in much of the country.

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Home Flipping Increases While Profit Margins Continue To Drop

ATTOM released its second-quarter 2021 U.S. Home Flipping Report showing that 79,733 single-family homes and condominiums in the United States were flipped in the second quarter. Those transactions represented 4.9 percent of all home sales in the second quarter of 2021, or one in 20 transactions – the first increase in more than a year.

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