Category Archives: housing market

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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Housing Market Will Survive Coronavirus

The Mortgage Corner NAHB.org What happens to housing with the COVID-19 pandemic? It had been on the road to recovery with record low interest rates; so much so that single-family housing starts have been soaring since 2019 as more millennials … Continue reading

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Nobelist Daniel Kahneman on Thinking, Fast and Slow

Financial FAQs Amazon Thinking, Fast and Slow; what else should Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman be noted for, the son of Lithuanian Jewish parents fleeing the Russian Empire in the 1920s who grew up  to the sound of marching black boots … Continue reading

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Housing Market (Still) Alive and Well

The Mortgage Corner FRED-ICAP All is still well with residential housing into this new year. Both housing starts and permits exceeded predictions, with starts now at 1.57 annual units, and permits at a 13-year high of 1.551 million units annualized. … Continue reading

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What Is A More Livable Community?

The Mortgage Corner pccfarmlandtrust.org There is a budding national movement to build more affordable housing with the growing housing shortage (and homeless) problem. It is just one more facet of the so-called Livable Cities movement begun in the 1980s that … Continue reading

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