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Eye on Housing / NAHB / November 14, 2013
Strengthening house prices and increased interest rates in metros across the country contributed to lower housing affordability in the third quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI).
In all, 64.5 percent of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of July and end of September were affordable to families earning the U.S. median income of $64,400. This is down from the 69.3 percent of homes sold that were affordable to median-income earners in the second quarter, and the biggest HOI decline since the second quarterRead More
National Association of Home Builders / November 5, 2013
The homeownership rate remained unchanged at a seasonally adjusted reading of 65.1% during the third quarter of 2013 according to Census data. The reading is below its 20-year historical average of 66.9% and 4.3 percentage points below the peak reading of 69.4% in the second quarter of 2004. However, the flat reading follows three consecutive quarters of decline.
Homeownership increased over the second quarter of 2013 for all age groups except households headed by those aged between 55 and 64 years, who saw a decline of 0.5 percentage points. For the most recent reading, the largestRead More
Emily Badger / The Atlantic Cities / July 11, 2013
The Census Bureau released additional data Thursday from the 2011 American Housing Survey, an in-depth snapshot taken every two years of the types of homes we keep, how we pay for and heat them, even how many of us have fireplaces that are actually “usable” (among homeowners, it’s 46 percent). Nationwide, the median monthly mortgage paid in 2011 was $1,015, which sounds like a steal if you live in New York, or a ripoff if you make your home in Pittsburgh.
The data is particularly interesting for what it reveals about the stark differences between housing markets depending onRead More
Jed Kolko / Trulia / July 10, 2013
Rising mortgage rates are the top worry for people thinking of buying a home someday, and 56% of Americans say they would be discouraged from homeownership if rates reach 6%. But pay more attention to what consumers do than what they say.
After years of low-and-lower mortgage rates, the 30-year fixed rate shot up from a near-historic-low of 3.35% in early May to 4.46% in late June before settling back to 4.29% last week, according to Freddie Mac. The rate increase was sudden and steep, but not a surprise. Economists and forecasters have been waiting for rates to go up for two reasons: (1) the
BUILDER / July 9, 2013
Today’s big story is a second-half-of-2013 question raised by two other breaking news articles.
In one, Bloomberg/ BusinessWeek staffer’s Heather Perlberg and John Gittelsohn explore the strategy Blackstone Group is building out with its investment in the single-family for-rent market.
In the other, the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Nathan Donato-Weinstein covers the IPO terms for San Jose, Calif.-based UCP, Inc. a land developer-builder seeking to raise $150 million or more in the equity capital markets.
One plan banks on a business that stakes its futureRead More