Ralph McLaughlin is Trulia's Chief Economist. He leads Trulia's housing economics research team and provides house hunters with key insights about the economy, housing trends, and public policy. His educational background includes a B.S. in Geography and Regional Development from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. in Planning, Policy, and Design from the University … Continue reading Ask the Economist: The Great Housing Divergence
Mortgage applications reported a very quiet week, echoing other industry reports, the Mortgage Bankers Association’s latest Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending Sept. 23 stated. According to the survey, mortgage applications slipped 0.7% from one week earlier. While the last report posted a 7.3% decline in mortgage applications, it was one of one of the … Continue reading MBA: It’s another quiet week for mortgage applications – Mortgage rates fall across the board September 28, 2016 Brena Swanson
Crowds press together in the streets of New Orleans as people gather to see the city’s festivities, but this year, there’s something different about the tourists. This year, instead of staying in the city’s hotels, more tourists are pouring into residential areas after using an app to quickly book a home for the week. Airbnb, … Continue reading Will Airbnb disrupt the housing market? Single-family rentals in New Orleans offer compelling evidence September1, 2016 Kelsey Ramierez
New single-family home sales took a notable upturn in July, with the month becoming the best month for new sales since 2007, according to HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. The HUD/Census report showed that July sales leapt 12.4 percent over June, which recorded 582,000 sales, and 31.3 percent above last July. The median sales price of … Continue reading The Week Ahead: Is Home Price Appreciation Slowing? New single-family home sales took a notable upturn in July, with the month becoming the best month for new sales since 2007, according to HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau.
For San Francisco Bay Area residents long accustomed to skyrocketing rents and real estate prices, there’s some relief on the horizon. According to Trulia Chief Economist Ralph McLaughlin, San Francisco Bay Area rents and real estate prices are cooling off, down from 15%-17% growth year-over-year to 5%-6% — a trend McLaughlin expects to continue for … Continue reading San Francisco’s real estate market has reached ‘peak unaffordability’: housing expert JP Mangalindan September 21, 2016
Mortgage applications erased all of the previous week's gains, falling 7.3% from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending Sept. 16, 2016. The prior week’s results included an adjustment for the Labor Day holiday and the 7.3% rise was one of the biggest increases in … Continue reading MBA: Mortgage applications erase previous week’s gains Fall 7.3% September 21, 2016 Brena Swanson