Tag Archive for ‘economics’

Non-Mortgage Consumer Debt Accelerates

The Federal Reserve Board reported that consumer credit outstanding grew by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 7.0% over the third quarter of 2016, 0.6 percentage point faster than the 6.4% rate of growth in the second quarter. There is now $3.71 trillion in outstanding consumer credit. Growth in the outstanding amount of consumer credit overall reflected an increase in both revolving and non-revolving… Read More ›

High End New Homes

In 2015, a total of 1,762 homes were started for sale with a price of $1 million or more according to the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction. New homes started for sale with a price of $ 1 million or more decreased as a share in absolute number in 2015. That number was significantly lower than in 2013 (3,347 homes) and… Read More ›

Construction Job Openings Continue to Rise

The count of unfilled jobs in the overall construction sector increased in September, as residential construction employment continued to grow. According to the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and NAHB analysis, the number of open construction sector jobs (on a seasonally adjusted basis) grew to 221,000 in September, after establishing a cycle high of 225,000 in July. The July estimate represents the highest monthly count of… Read More ›

Multifamily Construction Spending Hits New Record High

According to estimates from Census Construction Spending data, total private residential construction spending edged up 0.5% in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $459.5 billion. Multifamily construction spending continued its record breaking pace and reached $62.1 billion, up by 2.0% over the revised August estimates. Single-family construction spending stood at $236.6 billion, slightly up from the upwardly revised… Read More ›

Mortgage Rates Tick Up as LTV Ratio Ticks Down

Interest rates on conventional mortgages ticked up over the month of September 2016 according to data released by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). However the increase in mortgage rates reflected a rise in the effective rate on previously occupied homes. Rates on new homes fell in September. The FHFA data show that the effective rate on all homes ticked… Read More ›