Tag Archives: housing affordability

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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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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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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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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Housing Sales Are Slowing

The Mortgage Corner Existing-home sales decreased for the third straight month in June, as declines in the South and West exceeded sales gains in the Northeast and Midwest, reports the National Association of Realtors. The ongoing supply and demand imbalance … Continue reading

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Low Mortgage Rates Boost Sales–Even with Limited Supply

The Mortgage Corner Graph: FRED How is it possible the 30-year fixed conforming rate has fallen again to 4.0 percent for 1 origination point in California, yet has never been below 5 percent before the Great Recession, when mortgage fixed … Continue reading

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April Housing Sales Slow

The Mortgage Corner Graph: Econoday The above graph says it all. With rising interest rates, housing sales are slowing a bit. Total existing-home sales, https://www.nar.realtor/existing-home-sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, decreased 2.5 percent … Continue reading

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