Tag Archives: existing-home inventory

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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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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Who Can Still Afford to Buy a Home?

The Mortgage Corner MarketWatch That question of who can still afford to buy a home is up in the air, as we say, since home sales have been trending lower of late and there is still a housing shortage. MarketWatch’s … Continue reading

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Housing Sales, Leading Growth Indicator, Higher

The Mortgage Corner Higher new and existing-home sales, and continued economic growth are the reason the Fed raised their overnight rate into a range between 1.5 to 1.75 percent on Wednesday. Even with consistently low inventory levels and faster price … Continue reading

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Lower Inventory = Fewer Home Sales

The Mortgage Corner WASHINGTON (February 21, 2018) — Existing-home sales slumped for the second consecutive month in January and experienced their largest decline on an annual basis in over three years, according to the National Association of Realtors. All major … Continue reading

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2018 Housing Market To Stay Strong

The Mortgage Corner Total existing-home sales1, https://www.nar.realtor/existing-home-sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, increased 1.1 percent in 2017 to a 5.51 million sales pace and surpassed 2016 (5.45 million) as the highest since 2006 … Continue reading

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