Guess Who Has The Most Stable Housing Market In America?

July 1, 2014 at 8:33 am 1 comment

Buffalo, New York, has the most stable housing market in America. According to research conducted on behalf of, Buffalo is followed by Pittsburgh, Louisville, Nashville and Raleigh, NC.

Working with Zillow, Bloomberg analyzed housing prices since 1979 for the 50 largest housing markets using a five year rolling average to calculate changes in home prices. The result shows that you may not strike it rich buying that home in Buffalo, but you won’t lose your shirt either. The data shows that over the last 35 years, Buffalo homeowners had “virtually no chance” of losing money on their house. In contrast, the same can’t be said for Hartford, Connecticut at the bottom of the list.

Some of those areas on the least stable list are awfully nice places to live so what’s the difference? One agent pointed out that your typical Buffalo buyer is planning to stay in the area for the long-term. Buffalo isn’t where you go to invest in a second home or flip houses.

By the way, in commenting to NCUA many NY credit unions argued that NCUA’s proposed risk weightings for mortgage concentrations were too severe because they didn’t take into account a credit union’s track record in making well performing mortgages. This research provides one more piece of evidence that not all mortgage loans are equal. Hopefully, NCUA will take that into account in finalizing its RBC framework.

Court Says Localities Can Block Hydro-fracking

Remember when high powered hydro-fracking was a big issue, with New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation analyzing the potential impact of its widespread use in the Southern Tier? There hasn’t been much movement on the issue since the Department of Health was tasked with analyzing its health effects in 2012 and has yet to reach its conclusions. In the meantime, a statewide moratorium on the process remains in effect.

But yesterday, the NY Court of Appeals — our highest Court — ruled that localities could use local zoning laws to block hydro-fracking even if the state authorizes it.

This may be another setback for drillers or it might actually allow the state to lift the moratorium because only towns that want the drilling are going to get it. Remember, the issue is important to credit unions that should insure their interest in mortgaged property is adequately protected in the event that a member wants to lease out their property for oil drilling.



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Henry Meier, Esq., General Counsel, New York Credit Union Association.

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