Posts Tagged ‘home sales’

Housing Affordability Still Strong Despite Price Increases

Posted on November 14, 2017 by Laura Lam

Home prices continue to increase, yet affordability actually improved since July, according to the latest Mortgage Monitor report from Black Knight.  As of September, the average homeowner needed 21.4% of their median income to purchase a home. This is actually down from July’s post-recession peak of 21.7% and low by historical standards.  For comparison, an average 24.2% of the median income was required to purchase a home from 1995 to 1999. That increased to 26.2% in the years before the housing boom from 2000 to 2003. Interest rates declined about 40 basis points over the past 6 months, offering the opportunity…

Housing Confidence on the Rise; Renters Optimistic

Posted on October 25, 2017 by Laura Lam

The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI) increased 0.3 points in September to 88.3, matching the all-time high set in June. The rise can be attributed to increases in 3 of the 6 HPSI components. The good time to buy component rose the most month-over-month, with the net share increasing 10 percentage points compared to August. Renter respondents, in particular, buoyed the net good time to buy component, showing a substantial upward change in optimism in September. The net share who reported that now is a good time to sell a home rose 2 percentage points in September and…

Homes Prices and Competition Hit Record High

Posted on July 19, 2017 by Laura Lam

The U.S. housing market continued to accelerate in June, with both the median prices and speed of home sales hitting all-time highs, according to a recent Redfin report.  Nationwide, the median sales price rose 7.3% year-to-year to $298,000 in June, the highest price on record since the firm began tracking in 2010. Homes typically sold within 36 days of when they were listed, marking the fastest pace in 7 years, according to Redfin. The tightening of the housing market reflects the imbalance between a long-standing inventory shortage and surging demand.  “Month after month, new records are set for the pace at…

Mortgage Origination Volume Hits 5-Year High

Posted on June 01, 2017 by Laura Lam

First lien originations jumped in 2016 to $2.1 trillion, the highest point since 2012, according to a report from the Urban Institute.  Of these originations, the share of portfolio originations increased to 30.9%, up from 30.2% in 2015, the report shows. The GSE share increased to 45.9%, up from 45.7% the previous year and the FHA and VA share decreased to 22.8%, down from 23.3% in 2015. The chart shows, unlike pre-crisis years, private-label securities no longer hold a significant share in the market. In both 2015 and 2016 the share of private-label securities totaled well below 1%. But despite the increase…

Switching Gears: Builders Turn to Starter Homes to Lure Millennials

Posted on May 22, 2017 by Laura Lam

First-time buyers are rushing to buy homes after a decade on the sidelines, promising to kick a housing market already flush with luxury sales into higher gear.  Tracking home sales to a particular age group is hard, but a series of data points form a mosaic of a generation of young people ready to buy: The number of new-owner households was double the number of new-renter households in the first quarter of this year, the share of first-time buyers is creeping back toward the historical average, and mortgages for first-timers are on the rise. “They’re crawling out of their parents’…

Home Sellers See Biggest Profits in a Decade

Posted on May 01, 2017 by Laura Lam

Homeowners who sold their property in the first quarter realized an average price gain of $44,000 since purchase, representing an average 24% return on the purchase price – the highest average price gain for home sellers in terms of both dollars and% returns since the third quarter of 2007. According to new statistics from ATTOM Data Solutions, homeowners who sold in the first quarter had their property for an average of 7.97 years, down slightly from a record-high average homeownership tenure of eight years in the fourth quarter of 2016 but still up from 7.68 years in the first quarter…

Continued Good News For Housing

Posted on March 28, 2017 by Laura Lam

After several years of job gains combined with the hope that the best is yet to come in 2017, consumer confidence surged, according to the new consumer report from the National Association of Realtors.  In the first quarter of 2017, NAR’s quarterly Housing Opportunities and Market Experience survey found that the number of households that believe the economy is improving soared to its highest share in the survey’s 5-quarter history – 62%. This is up from 54% in the fourth quarter and 48% in March 2016. While this surge in confidence is not exactly unexpected, it is encouraging news for the…

Housing Confidence Reaches All-Time High

Posted on March 08, 2017 by Laura Lam

The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI)  increased by 5.6 percentage points in February to 88.3, a new all-time high. The report found that 5 of the 6 components that comprise the HPSI were up, and 3 hit record highs. The net share of Americans who reported that now is a good time to buy rose 11 percentage points, while the net share who believe that now is a good time to sell rose 7 percentage points. Consumers also demonstrated greater confidence about not losing their jobs, with the net share rising 9 percentage points. “The latest post-election surge…

2017 Will Bring Modest Economic Growth

Posted on February 23, 2017 by Laura Lam

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) has looked into the future, and they are not complaining.  “We’re expecting steady, modest growth in the U.S. economy,” said MBA Vice President of Research & Economics Lynn Fisher at the MBA National Mortgage Servicing Conference & Expo. “We’re seeing real economic growth in a number of indicators.” Fisher noted that as federal unemployment rates decline, employers may find difficulty in attracting workers to meet specific skill-sets. “This in turn is going to drive up wages,” she said. “Over the next two years, unemployment will fall to around 4.5%, suggesting further tightening on the labor front.” Fisher…

Consumers’ Attitude on Housing Brightens

Posted on February 16, 2017 by Laura Lam

The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index rose 2 percentage points to 82.7 in January, reflecting the more positive consumer outlook following November’s presidential election.  The index is based on the results of 6 questions from Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey – 4 of the 6 components improved in January from the month prior. “Three months after the presidential election, measures of consumer optimism regarding personal financial prospects and the economy are at or near the highest levels we’ve seen in the nearly 7-year history of the National Housing Survey,” said Doug Duncan, senior vice president and chief economist at Fannie…