Tag Archive for ‘housing’

New Home Loans: Rates and House Prices Both Increase

Interest rates on conventional mortgages used to buy newly built homes increased in June, according to data released earlier today by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).  The data show the average contract interest rate increasing by 9 basis points to 3.86 percent, the highest it’s been since January. The average initial fees and charges on the loans decreased by… Read More ›

Homeownership Falls, Household Formations Rise

According to the Census Bureau’s Housing Vacancy Survey (HVS), the nation’s homeownership rate in the second quarter of 2015 fell to a post-1967 low point of 63.4%. The homeownership rate decreased by 130 basis points on a nonseasonally adjusted basis from the second quarter of 2014 to the second quarter of 2015. Compared to the peak at the end of… Read More ›

Home Price Growth Continues to Moderate in May

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and the Standard and Poor’s/Case-Shiller recently released their respective home price indexes for May. The House Price Index (HPI) data reported by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) shows house prices rose at an annual growth rate of 5.4% in May, higher than the 4.7% in April and the 3.8% in March. The Standard… Read More ›

New Home Sales: Growth for FHA-Backed Mortgage Share

NAHB analysis of the most recent Census numbers reveals two consecutive quarters of higher market share of FHA-backed mortgages for the new home sale sector. This development comes after a reduction in FHA premiums announced at the start of 2015. Despite the surprising drop for the pace of new home sales in June (down 6.8%), the strong non-seasonally adjusted sales level for… Read More ›

New Home Sales in June – A Bumpy Ride Up

The US Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development in a joint release reported that newly constructed single family homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 482 thousand in June, down from May’s 517 thousand pace (-6.8%), but up from the June 2014 pace of 408 thousand (18.1%). The inventory of new homes for sale inched… Read More ›

An International Comparison of Real Estate Property Taxes

As a share of total taxes collected, real estate property taxes in the United States are responsible for a relatively high share of total government revenues. According to statistics produced by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the average share of total government tax collections due to real estate property taxes (recurrent taxes on immovable property) was 3.347%. In contrast, for the United… Read More ›

Euro Area Mortgage Debt Outstanding Continues to Expand

In the US, the multi-year decline and the more recent moderate recovery in mortgage debt outstanding has been well documented. However, mortgage debt outstanding in the Euro Area has had a different experience. According to the European Mortgage Federation, and documented in Figure 1 below, mortgage debt outstanding has been rising in recent years. After recording year-over-year increases between 2002,… Read More ›

Multifamily Drives June Starts Growth

Total housing starts expanded 9.8% month-over-month in June, reaching a 1.174 million annual starts pace. The strong growth rate was driven by the multifamily sector. According to the estimates from the jointly published Census Bureau and HUD June report, single-family starts were effectively flat, recording a 0.9% monthly decline to a 685,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate. Single-family starts were up 14.7% over the June 2014 pace and, as… Read More ›

Builder Sentiment Reaches New High

The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index reached 60 in July and along with the one-point upward revision to June’s index mark a high in the index not seen since November 2005. Two of the three components of the index also rose to levels last seen in late 2005. The index of current sales rose one point from the June level… Read More ›