Author: Eye On Housing

  1. Continued Residential Construction Loan Growth

    The volume of residential construction loans increased by 2.8% during the third quarter of 2018, marking 22 consecutive quarters of growth. Furthermore, recent stabilization of year-over-year growth rates is an indicator of continued, modest growth for…

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  2. 30-Year Mortgage Rate At The Highest Level In Nearly Eight Years

    Information compiled by Freddie Mac shows that mortgage rates are continuing to increase after a slight slowdown in the summer months. The 30-year FRM – Commitment rate, inched up considerably by 20 basis points to 4.83 percent from 4.63 percent …

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  3. Multifamily Construction Remains a Built-for-Rent Market

    An elevated rental share of multifamily construction is holding typical apartment size below levels seen during the pre-Great Recession period. As multifamily developers build more for-sale housing units in the years ahead, the average size of multifam…

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  4. Gains for Single-Family Built-for-Rent Construction

    The number of single-family homes built-for-rent increased over the last four quarters. During this time period, construction starts of this type of housing totaled 43,000 homes, compared to 33,000 for the prior four quarters. There were 12,000 single-…

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  5. Housing Affordability Causes Ongoing Weakness for Home Sales

    Contracts for new, single-family home sales declined in October, falling 8.9% to a 544,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate according to estimates from the joint release of HUD and the Census Bureau. The decline came off an upwardly revised September es…

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  6. Some Easing of AD&C Lending, According to Builders and Developers

    In the third quarter of 2018, credit conditions eased somewhat, according to the builders and developers responding to NAHB’s survey on land acquisition, development, and construction (AD&C) loans. The net tightening index constructed from th…

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  7. Home Price Appreciation Slowed in September

    In September, national home prices continued to rise but at a slower pace. Moreover, two metro areas experienced home price declines in September. The Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index, reported by S&P Dow Jones Indices, rose at a seasona…

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  8. Slight Growth for Custom Home Building

    NAHB’s analysis of Census Data from the Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design survey indicates custom home building posted a small gain on a year-over-year basis. There were 54,000 total custom starts for the third quarter of 2018. Thi…

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  9. Entry-Level Home Inventory Yields Declining New Home Size

    Continuing a multiyear trend, new single-family home size decreased during the third quarter of 2018. New home size has been falling over the last three years due to an incremental move to additional entry-level home construction. According to third qu…

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  10. Townhouse Construction Continues Strong Performance

    According to NAHB analysis of the most recent Census data of Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design, townhouse construction posted continued to outperform other building sectors during the third quarter of 2018. Townhouse construction is set for …

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