Category Archives: housing market

The Housing Boom Continues

The Mortgage Corner Calculated Risk Total existing-home sales, https://www.nar.realtor/existing-home-sales, including single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, rose 9.4 percent from August to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 6.54 million in September. The housing boom continues in the middle of the coronavirus … Continue reading

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Why the Housing Shortage?

The Mortgage Corner Calculated Risk Booming Realtors’ existing-home sales are showing there is a very severe housing shortage with record sales and a record low housing inventory. Calculated Risk says the for-sale inventory is was down 18.6 percent year-over-year (YoY) … Continue reading

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Where are the Jobs?

Popular Economics Weekly Calculated Risk The number of job openings increased to 6.6 million on the last business day of July, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last week, a good sign. Labor’s JOLTS report will be an important … Continue reading

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Why Housing Boom – Part II

The Mortgage Corner Calculated Risk Total existing-home sales, https://www.nar.realtor/existing-home-sales, completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, jumped 24.7 percent from June to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 5.86 million in July. The previous record monthly increase in … Continue reading

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Why the Uneven Recovery?

Financial FAQs Wrightson.com Consumer confidence is returning from its recent lows over the past two months with it main index up 12.1 points for a 3-month high in May as the lockdowns ease in some states, said the Conference Board … Continue reading

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Have Home Sales Reached Bottom?

The Mortgage Corner Reuters/ICAP Why is it important to report on the housing market? Because there is a housing shortage  already (Forbes says up to 3.8 million unit shortfall to date), and the NYTimes, among others, is predicting a record … Continue reading

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Why a Housing Shortage at This Time?

The Mortgage Corner Wrightson.com The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI),* http://www.nar.realtor/pending-home-sales, a forward-looking indicator of home sales based on contract signings, fell 21.8 percent to 69.0 in April. Year-over-year, contract signings shrank 33.8 percent. An index of 100 is equal … Continue reading

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Why the Housing Shortage?

The Mortgage Corner Wrightson.com We are now beginning to feel the recession in housing caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. What can we say with so many living on the edge because of the loss, or temporary hiatus, of their jobs? … Continue reading

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When Will Housing Recover?

The Mortgage Corner CalculatedRiskBlog The housing market is also in a “medically induced coma” (economist Paul Krugman’s term), as is most of our economy. However, I believe housing will recover sooner than other parts of the economy, because Americans still … Continue reading

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Housing in the Time of COVID-19

The Mortgage Corner Wolf Street I reported in January that housing construction was slowly recovering, in part due to the extreme housing shortage and record low interest rates. Well, rates are even lower today, but purchase applications are now plunging … Continue reading

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