Tag Archive for ‘economics’

Housing Starts Decline in May

Total housing starts declined in May after a few, strong early months to begin 2017. Total starts were down 5.5%, falling to a 1.092 million seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to the joint data release from the Census Bureau and HUD. Declines were recorded for both single-family and multifamily development. Single-family starts fell back, declining to a 794,000 annual rate. The February… Read More ›

Builder Confidence Remains Solid in June

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes weakened slightly in June, down two points to a level of 67 from a downwardly revised May reading of 69 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). Builder confidence levels have remained consistently sound this year, reflecting the ongoing gradual recovery of the housing market. As… Read More ›

Home Equity Grows As The Composition Of (Fewer) Refinancings Shifts

According to the Federal Reserve Board’s first quarter of 2017 release of its Financial Accounts of the United States report, household holdings of real estate, measured on a not seasonally adjusted basis, totaled $23.526 trillion in the first quarter of 2017, $1.597 trillion higher than its level in the first quarter of 2016. Home mortgage debt outstanding, $9.813 trillion in the first… Read More ›

Consumer Credit Expands, But At A Slower Pace

According to the Federal Reserve Board’s G.19 Consumer Credit report, the total amount of consumer credit outstanding rose by 2.6 percent (SAAR) over the month of April 2017 to $3.82 trillion. Revolving credit, which is largely composed of credit card debt and represents $1.01 trillion, rose by 1.8 percent while non-revolving credit, which encompasses auto and student loans and totals $2.81… Read More ›

Construction Job Openings Jump in April

The count of unfilled jobs in the construction sector climbed in April, rising to the highest level since September of last year. 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) stood at 203,000 in April. The cycle high was 238,000, set in July of last year. The open position rate (job… Read More ›

Mortgage Rates Fall

Following 4 consecutive monthly increases, results from the Mortgage Interest Rate Survey (MIRS) released by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) indicate that mortgage rates fell in April 2017, its second consecutive month of declines. Over the month, contract rates on mortgages used to purchase single-family newly constructed homes declined by 10 basis points to 4.02 percent. Despite the decline, rates remain above the… Read More ›

Posts for National Home Remodeling Month

May is National Home Remodeling Month, and Eye on Housing recognized the occasion with a series of posts related to the topic.  As the month draws to a close, below is a summary list of those posts for anyone who may have missed them: Remodeling in 2016: Kitchens Reclaim Top Spot from Baths  May 5, 2017 Desire for New Amenities:… Read More ›

Pending Sales Slump

The Pending Home Sales Index decreased 1.3% in April for a second consecutive monthly decline, and fell 3.3% below its level a year ago. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), decreased to 109.8 in April, down from a revised 111.3 in March. The PHSI decreased… Read More ›

Personal Spending Rises in April

Personal consumption expenditures climbed 0.4% after gaining 0.3% in March, the fastest pace since December 2016, according to the most recent data release from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Personal income was up by 0.4% in March after a 0.3% increase in February. The solid gain in personal income was largely driven by increases in wages and salaries that rose… Read More ›