Category Archives: Housing

Consumer Confidence Is Boosting Housing

The Mortgage Corner StLouisFRED New-home sales are now back to the long term average in the above graph that dates back to the 1960s, and consumers are still reasonably confident of their future. “Sales of new single‐family houses in October … Continue reading

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Is It Start of a New Housing Boom?

The Mortgage Corner Calculated Risk We should be careful in announcing a new housing boom. It can be a two-edged pronouncement, since a housing bust followed the last housing boom and precipitated the Great Recession. But it certainly looks like … Continue reading

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What’s Happening To Interest Rates?

Popular Economics Weekly StLouisFRED The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose 0.4 percent in October on a seasonally adjusted basis after being unchanged in September, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 … Continue reading

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Residential Construction Holding Up

The Mortgage Corner Calculated Risk Privately‐owned housing starts in September were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,256,000. This is 9.4 percent below the revised August estimate of 1,386,000, but is 1.6 percent above the September 2018 rate of … Continue reading

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Higher Home Sales Mean What?

The Mortgage Corner FRED “Sales of new single‐family houses in August 2019 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 713,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. … Continue reading

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Strong Home Sales Mean What?

The Mortgage Corner   It looks like home sales are are defying expectations of an economic slowdown, as both existing and pending home sales are rising. Pending sales measure contracts scheduled to close in 30-60 days, which is a sign … Continue reading

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What Happens When % Rates Go Even Lower?

The Mortgage Corner FRED The NAR’s pending home sales index was softer than expected in July, thereby reversing nearly all of its June increase.  That left the index with a slight YOY decline of 0.3 percent.  Those results probably mean … Continue reading

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