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FOMC Statement: All Eyes on December

The statement released following the September meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) fell in line with market expectations as the committee chose to keep the federal funds rate unchanged.  The Committee’s assessment of the economy remained positive, leaving a December rate hike very much in play.  In the statement, the Committee continued its upbeat assessment of labor and economic activity…. Read More ›

Home Equity Growth Even as Homeownership Declines

According to the Federal Reserve Board’s second quarter of 2016 release of its Financial Accounts of the United States report, household holdings of real estate, measured on a not seasonally adjusted basis, totaled $22.290 trillion in the second quarter of 2016, $1.388 trillion higher than its level in the second quarter of 2015, $20.902 trillion. At the same time, home mortgage debt… 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 ›

More Banks Tighten Credit Standards on MF Debt

Results from the most recent Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey (SLOOS) indicate that lending standards on multifamily residential mortgages continue to show signs of tightening and the pace of tightening is growing. The Federal Reserve Board’s SLOOS asks senior loan officers at large banks their opinion on changes in the standards and terms on, and demand for, bank loans to… Read More ›

Home and Multifamily Residential Debt Expand

According to the Federal Reserve Board’s first quarter of 2016 release of its Financial Accounts of the United States report, household holdings of real estate, measured on a not seasonally adjusted basis, totaled $22.524 trillion in the first quarter of 2016, $1.140 trillion higher than its level in the first quarter of 2015, $21.113 trillion. At the same time, home mortgage debt… Read More ›

Consumer Credit Outstanding Grows on Auto, Student Loans

Consumer credit outstanding grew by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.5%, $161.0 billion, in the month of April 2016, 5.1 percentage points slower than the 9.6% rate of growth recorded in March. Consumer credit outstanding now totals $3.602 trillion. According to the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Credit Report, the increase in total consumer credit outstanding partly reflected an expansion in the… Read More ›

Lending Standards on AD&C Financing Continue to Ease, but at a Diminished Pace

According to NAHB’s Survey on Acquisition, Development & Construction Financing, builders and developers again reported easing credit standards for acquisition, development, and construction (AD&C) loans. However, the pace of easing continues to slow from previous periods. In the first quarter of 2016, 13.3% of survey respondents on net indicated that overall lending standards on AD&C loan availability had eased. In… Read More ›

Serious Delinquency Rates Continue to Fall

In its quarterly National Delinquency Survey, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported that 3.29% of 1-4 family mortgages were seriously delinquent in the first 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 0.95 percentage point less than… Read More ›

Consumer Credit Grows on Eased Lending Standards

The Federal Reserve Board reported that consumer credit outstanding grew by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 10.0% over the month of March 2016, 5.2 percentage points faster than its growth rate in February. Over the first quarter of 2016, consumer credit outstanding expanded by 6.4%, 0.2 percentage points ahead of the 6.2% rate of growth in the fourth quarter of 2015…. Read More ›

Banks Report Continued Tightening on Multifamily, AD&C Loans

Credit standards on loan applications for commercial real estate loans (CRE), which includes land development and construction, multifamily, as well as nonfarm nonresidential loans, tightened over the first quarter of 2016. Moreover, the pace of tightening in each of these types of CRE loans has progressively grown over the past year. More specifically, banks indicate that tightened lending standards over… Read More ›