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Pending Sales Expand

Led by the West, the Pending Home Sales Index increased 1.3% in July to the highest level since April, and increased 1.4% year-over-year. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), increased to 111.3 in July from a downwardly revised 109.9 in June. The PHSI surged to… Read More ›

More Growth for AD&C Lending

The volume of residential construction loans expanded 3.2% during the second quarter of 2016, marking 13 consecutive quarters of growth. Tight availability of acquisition, development and construction (AD&C) loans is a limiting factor on home building growth, but easing credit conditions and a growing loan base will help expand residential construction in a thin inventory environment. According to data from the FDIC and NAHB analysis,… Read More ›

Credit Standards on AD&C Construction Lending: A Tale of Two Sectors

According to NAHB’s Survey on Acquisition, Development & Construction Financing, residential real estate builders and developers reported that credit conditions for acquisition, development, and single-family construction (AD&C) loans were easier in the second quarter of 2016 than in the first quarter of 2016. Hence the NAHB net tightening index dropped from its level in the first quarter. Following 5 consecutive… Read More ›

Serious Delinquency Rate on Single-family Mortgages Continues to Drop

In its quarterly National Delinquency Survey, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported that 3.11% of 1-4 family mortgages were seriously delinquent in the second quarter of 2016. Measured on a not seasonally adjusted basis, the rate of serious delinquency, which includes both mortgages that are 90 or more days past due and mortgages in foreclosure, was 0.84 percentage point less than the 3.95%… Read More ›

Existing Sales Stumble

Existing home sales, as reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), decreased 3.2% in July and were down 1.6% from the same month a year ago, the first year-over-year decline since November 2015. Total existing home sales in July decreased to a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.39 million units combined for single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, down from… Read More ›

Mortgage Debt Continues to Grow

According to the Household Debt and Credit Report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRB NY), the outstanding amount of housing-related debt, both home mortgages and home equity lines of credit (HELOCs), totaled $8.8 trillion in the second quarter of 2016, 2.6% ($225 billion) greater than the level from one year ago. However, the outstanding amount of home equity… Read More ›

New Home Sales Heat Up in July

July new home sales recorded the strongest monthly pace since October 2007, growing to a 654,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate. According to estimates from the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development, the elevated July rate marked a 12.4% gain over downwardly revised, but still strong, estimates for June. On a year-to-date basis, new home sales have improved… Read More ›

New Multifamily Rental Share Remains Strong

An elevated market share for new rental multifamily homes is holding typical apartment size below levels seen during the pre-recession period. However, as multifamily developers build more for-sale housing units in the years ahead, the average size of multifamily homes is likely to rise. The recent pattern of change in the size of new multifamily units stands in contrast to the post-recession increase in the size… Read More ›

Jump in Single-Family Built-for-Rent Construction

The number of single-family homes built-for-rent has posted solid gains over the last year. However, the built-for-rent market is a small portion of the total single-family development, so care must be taken when identifying trends. According to data from the Census Bureau’s Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design and NAHB analysis, the market share of single-family homes built-for-rent, as measured on a… Read More ›

Custom Home Building Steady

NAHB’s analysis of Census Data from the Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design survey indicates that the number of custom home building starts (homes built on an owner’s land, with either the owner or a builder acting as the general contractor) posted a slight increase on a year-over year basis as of the second quarter of 2016. There were 47,000 total custom… Read More ›