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Housing Remains a Key Component of Household Wealth

Recently released research by NAHB reaffirms that homeownership is an important component of household wealth accumulation. Part of the reason why the primary residence is an important source of household wealth is because of its size on the household balance sheet. As Figure 1 illustrates, the primary residence represents the largest asset category on the balance sheets of households. At… Read More ›

Rates Rise Again on Loans for New Homes

In July, interest rates on conventional mortgages used to purchase newly built homes increased for the second month in a row, according to data released yesterday by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).  The new FHFA data show the average contract interest rate on conventional loans for newly built homes increasing by nearly 4 tenths of a percent, to 3.94… Read More ›

Mortgages Less Likely to Become Seriously Delinquent

Data released by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York indicates that aggregate consumer debt outstanding, which includes mortgages, contracted by 0.7% or $78 billion on a not seasonally adjusted basis in the second quarter of 2013. This is the second consecutive quarter that aggregate consumer debt has declined on a quarter-over-quarter basis and the 7th decline in the past… Read More ›

New Home Mortgages: Rates Up, Size Down Slightly

In June, interest rates on conventional mortgages used to purchase newly built homes increased slightly while the size of the loans declined, according to data released today by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).  The new FHFA data show that the average contract interest rate on conventional loans for newly built homes increased 11 basis points to 3.52 percent, back… Read More ›

Rates Decline Slightly on Loans to Buy New Homes

Reversing a two-month trend, interest rates on loans for new homes declined slightly in May, according to data released today by the Federal Housing Finance Agency  (FHFA).  The average contract rate on conventional loans for newly built homes dipped 11 basis points to 3.41 percent, the lowest it’s been since February.  Although initial fees and charges on the loans increased from… Read More ›

Rates on New Home Loans Increase Slightly

Interest rates on loans for new homes increased slightly in March, according to data recently released by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).  The average contract rate on conventional loans for newly built homes increased 13 basis points, to 3.50 percent.  Although initial fees and charges on the loans declined from 1.17 to 1.08 percent, that still resulted in an… Read More ›