Tag Archive for ‘housing’

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 ›

Housing Affordability Edges Lower in Third Quarter

Ongoing home price appreciation offset a small decline in mortgage interest rates to move housing affordability slightly lower in the third quarter of 2016, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). In all, 61.4 percent of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of July and end of September were affordable to families… 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 ›

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 ›

Composition of New Home Sales Financing Shifts in Third Quarter

NAHB analysis of the most recent Census estimates concerning sources of financing for new home sales reveals that the composition of mortgages by financing method shifted over the third quarter of 2016. The share of new home sales financed with conventional loans expanded at the expense of FHA-insured and VA-backed mortgages. The shift to conventional mortgages indicates continued return to health in the… Read More ›

FHA Mortgage Share Increased in 2015

Recent data released under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) on mortgage loans indicates that the FHA-insured share of all 1-4 family mortgage originations in owner-occupied homes increased in 2015. At the same time, refinancings relative to home purchase and home improvement mortgages also rose, especially for FHA-insured mortgages. The HMDA was enacted by Congress in 1975 and was implemented… Read More ›

Framing Methods for Single-Family Homes: 2015

Wood framing remains the most dominant construction method for single-family homes in the U.S., according to NAHB analysis of Census Bureau data. For 2015 completions, 93% of new homes were wood-framed. Another 7% were concrete homes, and less than half a percent were steel-framed. In absolute number terms, 603,000 single-family homes were completed in 2015 and had wood frames. Concrete homes totaled… Read More ›