Category Archives: Housing

How Strong is This Year’s Housing Market?

The Mortgage Corner Econoday.com The NAR reported that Existing-home sales saw a minor decline in April, continuing March’s drop in sales, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Two of the four major U.S. regions saw a slight dip in … Continue reading

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Housing Supply Improving

The Mortgage Corner Our housing supply is finally improving. New-home sales ran at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 692,000, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. That was 4.5 percent above February’s total and beat the consensus forecast of a 645,000 … Continue reading

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First-Time Homebuyers Are Back

The Mortgage Corner MarketWatch’s Andrea Riquier says first-time homebuyers aren’t doing so bad, if we look at more than the NARealtor’s existing-home sales data. First-timers’ sales data is important because they usually choose so-called “entry-level” homes that are affordable to … Continue reading

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March Job Creation Exceeds Population Growth

Popular Economics Weekly Stanford economist and Former Chief Economic Advisor Ed Lezear said this morning on CNBC that job creation still exceeds population growth, which is a sign the US economy continues to expand, but at a slower rate. “Total … Continue reading

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Near-Record Home Sales Combine with Record Low Interest Rates

The Mortgage Corner Graph: Econoday Existing-home sales rebounded strongly in February, experiencing the largest month-over-month gain since December 2015, according to the National Association of Realtors. Three of the four major U.S. regions saw sales gains, while the Northeast remained … Continue reading

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Homeownership Expands Again

The Mortgage Corner Washington Post “New data indicate that in 2016, in defiance of myriad prognostications, the decade-long decline in the homeownership rate abruptly reversed. Once-rapid growth in renter households stalled, and the long-stagnant number of owner-led households began rising,” … Continue reading

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Housing Market Still Alive and Well!

The Mortgage Corner Calculated Risk The Mortgage Bankers Association said last week its Builder Applications Survey data for January showed mortgage applications for new home purchases jumped by 43 percent from December, though was unchanged from a year ago.  This … Continue reading

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