Category Archives: Housing

It’s the Third Largest Housing Boom Ever!

The Mortgage Corner fred.stlouisfed.org The 10-year Treasury bond yield has fallen back to 2.86 percent, which is usually recession territory. And the 30-year conforming fixed rate is 4.125 percent again with a 1-point origination fee. This is unheard of in … Continue reading

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Home Sales Rise for the Holidays

The Mortgage Corner Econoday.com Existing-home sales increased in October after six straight months of decreases, according to the National Association of Realtors. Three of four major U.S. regions saw gains in sales activity last month. Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, … Continue reading

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Why Still A Housing Shortage?

The Mortgage Corner Graph: Econoday A recent survey of California’s housing market reaffirmed the well-known fact that California has an affordability problem. The median home price is now $544,900, up 80 percent from 2011—though that’s a deceptive comparison because mostly … Continue reading

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Strong Employment Report Due Tomorrow?

Financial FAQs Graph: Econoday ADP, or Automatic Data Processing, predicts 230,000 private payroll jobs could be created in September per tomorrow’s U.S. unemployment report. The reason is both the manufacturing and non-manufacturing (service) sectors reported strong hiring in their ISM … Continue reading

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Housing Supply Still Too Low

The Mortgage Corner Graph: Econoday Most of the construction activity is in the commercial sector, at the moment, though sales of newly-constructed homes rose 3.5 percent compared to July. The pace of new-home sales in August was 12.7 percent higher … Continue reading

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Homeowners Preserve Rising Home Equity

The Mortgage Corner Graph: MarketWatch/Black Knight American homeowners have amassed a record $6 trillion in equity in their properties, according to a study by real estate data firm Black Knight, a figure boosted by surging home prices and a trend … Continue reading

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What To do About America’s Homeless Problem?

ANSWERING THE KENNEDYS CALL Los Angeles Times A study released in December 2017 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reported America’s homeless population has risen this year for the first time since the Great Recession, propelled … Continue reading

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