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GDP in the Second Quarter – Faster, Stronger

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) revised its estimate of real GDP growth to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.2% in the second quarter, up from the initial estimate of 4.0%. The second estimate is based on more complete data than was available for the “advance” estimate. The estimates will be revised again next month based on more data…. Read More ›

Pending Sales Resume Upward Trend

Pending home sales increased 3.3% in July, climbing four of the last five months. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), increased to 105.9 in July from a downwardly revised June level of 102.5. The July reading was down 2.1% on a year-over-year basis. The July… Read More ›

House Prices Record Annual Gains

Recently released data by Standard and Poor’s (S&P) and Case-Shiller indicates that its measure of house prices, the House Price Index – National, rose by 6% on a year-over-year not seasonally adjusted basis. This is the 26th consecutive month of year-over-year increases in the house price index. This index was recently converted from a quarterly frequency to a monthly one…. Read More ›

Survey Indicates Continued Easing of AD&C Loan Conditions

Builders and developers continue to report easing credit conditions for acquisition, development, and construction (AD&C) loans according to NAHB’s survey on AD&C financing. In the second quarter of 2014, the overall net tightening index based on the NAHB survey was -22.7, which represents somewhat less easing than in the 1st quarter 2014 when the index was -32.0. The index is… Read More ›

Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households

The Federal Reserve Board recently released its Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households. The report provides results from the Board’s 2013 survey of households on topics that include household finances, housing and living arrangements, student loan debt, retirement, and health expenses. Respondents to the survey were asked a series of questions relevant to the housing market. A significant… Read More ›

New Home Sales Hesitate

New home sales fell another 2.4% to an annual rate of 412,000 in July, down 10,000 from an upwardly revised June figure of 422,000. The last three months of sales averaged the same as the annual figure for 2013 at 429,000 — but in contrast to the first two months of the year that averaged 445,000 and the last quarter… Read More ›

FOMC Minutes From the July Meeting – Getting Better Slowly and Planning Next Steps

The Federal Reserve released the minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting held July 29-30. Following its standard procedure the Fed released a statement immediately following the meeting announcing the major policy decisions, and released the minutes from the meeting, providing a more in-depth view of the deliberations, three weeks later. While there was a general recognition that… Read More ›

Multifamily Built for Rent Share Rises Again

The share of multifamily units built for rent rose again during the second quarter. This increasing market share for rental multifamily homes is holding typical new unit size below levels seen during the housing boom. However, as multifamily developers build more for-sale housing units in the years ahead, the average size of multifamily homes is likely to rise. According to second quarter 2014 data from… Read More ›