Tag Archive for ‘coronavirus’

Another 3.2 Million Jobless Claims Filed

According to the Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report, released by the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of initial claims for unemployment insurance hit 3.2 million for the week ending May 2nd, bringing the total to 33.5 million over the past seven weeks. In the week ending May 2nd, the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits, known as… Read More ›

Mortgage Applications Increase, Rates Decline

In the latest Mortgage Bankers Association Weekly Application Survey, the benchmark Market Composite Index increased by 0.1 % from one week earlier on a seasonally adjusted basis. Even as the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage reached a record low of 3.4% as of May 1, compared to a year ago, purchasing applications declined while refinancing continued to stir, as has been the… Read More ›

Jobless Claims Reach 30 Million Over the Past Six Weeks

The U.S. Department of Labor released the Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report for the week ending April 25th. As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the number of initial claims for unemployment insurance hit 3.8 million, bringing the total jobless claims to 30.3 million over the past six weeks. In the week ending April 25th, the number of people… Read More ›

U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims Hit 4.4 Million

The U.S. Department of Labor released the Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report for the week ending April 18th. With the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of initial claims for unemployment insurance continued to rise, bringing the total jobless claims to more than 26 million over the past five weeks. In the week ending April 18th, the number of… Read More ›

Virus Affecting Homeowners’ Willingness to Remodel

A recent NAHB survey shows the negative effect the coronavirus pandemic is having on the decision to remodel.  Over 90 percent of remodelers in the survey reported a slowdown in both the rate at which inquiries are coming in, and in the general willingness of homeowners to remodel at this time. This information was collected via a question added to… Read More ›

Existing Home Sales Tumble in March

After reaching 13-year high last month, existing home sales, as reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), plummeted in March as expected due to the coronavirus outbreak. Total existing home sales, including single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, dropped 8.5% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.27 million in March, largest monthly decline since November 2015. On a… Read More ›

Some Cities Keep Construction Going via Virtual Inspections

By now, many cities have classified residential construction as an essential business: an activity allowed to continue during the coronavirus-induced shutdown.  This in itself may not be sufficient to keep construction going, however, and some jurisdictions have also started to allow virtual inspections as an attempted remedy. Data on these trends were collected recently through questions on the survey for… Read More ›

Builders Respond to Virus in a Variety of Ways

In a recent NAHB survey, the vast majority of builders said they were allowing non-construction employees to work from home, but they were also implementing several measures to allow them to continue selling homes during the coronavirus pandemic.   The most common of these is private showings of model homes, but online and drive-through closings are also being offered. This information… Read More ›

Additional 5.2 Million Jobless Claims

The U.S. Department of Labor released the Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report for the week ending April 11st. With the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, over 22 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance over the past four weeks. In the week ending April 11st, 5,245,000 Americans filed first-time claims for unemployment insurance, known as jobless claims, on a seasonally adjusted… Read More ›