Tag Archive for ‘housing demand’

Household Balance Sheets: Q3 2020

The Federal Reserve’s latest release of the Z.1 Financial Accounts of the United States shows the flows into and out of households and non-profit organizations as of the third quarter of 2020. As of the third quarter of 2020, the market value of all real estate assets held by households stood at $31.2 trillion. On the other side of the… Read More ›

Multifamily Construction Shifts to Lower Density Markets in 3Q20

Multifamily construction shifted into less dense markets during the third quarter of 2020, per the latest NAHB Homebuilding Geography Index (HBGI). This change is similar to the evolving geography for single-family home building, as housing demand moved to lower cost, more affordable markets. The multifamily data confirm that these shifts in demand are not just occurring for single-family home building… Read More ›

Record Low Interest Rate Fuels Refinancing Wave

The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) latest Weekly Application Survey shows that, for the week ending November 27, 2020, mortgage application activity decreased by 0.6% from the prior week on a seasonally adjusted basis, as indicated by its Market Composite Index. One of its two constituent indexes, the Purchasing Index, increased by 9% from the previous week while the other, the… Read More ›

Year-over-Year Mortgage Gains Continue

For the week ending October 9, 2020, the Mortgage Bankers Association Weekly Application Survey showed a 0.7% drop in overall application activity from the previous week on a seasonally adjusted basis, as shown in its Market Composite Index. The constituent indices for Purchase and Refinance decreased by 1.6% and 0.3%, respectively, for the week. Despite the weekly declines, year-over-year gains… Read More ›

Home Purchasing Reaches Highest Level in Over a Decade

For the week ending September 18, 2020, the Mortgage Bankers Association’s latest Weekly Application Survey showed a jump in application activity, both in purchasing and refinancing, as its Market Composite Index increased 6.8% from the previous week on a seasonally adjusted basis. Most notably, the Purchasing Activity reached its highest level since January 2009, when it was only 5.3% higher…. Read More ›

Treasury-Mortgage Spread Stays Constant in June

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate has been known to follow, albeit loosely, the 10-year Treasury yield. The latter is a widely tracked economic indicator and serves not only as a sign for the pulse of the U.S. economy, but also as a premium for pricing myriad financial instruments, upon which characteristics specific to the financial instrument are added. As 10-year… Read More ›

Purchasing and Refinance Activity Thrive Amid Low Rates

As the Mortgage Bankers Association’s 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate reached a new historic low of 3.3%, sliding down by 8 basis points from the previous week, its benchmark Market Composite Index increased by 8% from the previous week, on a seasonally adjusted basis. Purchase applications increased to the highest level in over 11 years and for the ninth consecutive week…. Read More ›

Multifamily Construction Gaining Market Share in Low Density Markets

In the last analysis of NAHB’s Home Building Geography Index (HBGI), single-family construction was shown to be expanding faster in regions of lower population density. The COVID-19-induced public health crisis has added momentum to this trend. Moreover, multifamily residential construction has been on a similar trajectory of growth that intensified in 2019, regardless of the virus impact. Indeed, over the… 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 ›