News & Opinions
The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
Diana Olick / CNBC / April 4, 2014
More potential buyers are out trolling the nation’s neighborhoods for their dream homes. Unfortunately, they are finding little to look at and, even worse, they are finding higher prices than they expected.
“People quite frankly came out and got sticker shock because they’re coming out to shop now, or they came out in January and February to shop, and they picked up the price sheet and saw, ‘Wow that’s way more than I thought’ because home prices had gone up so much in 2013,” said Brad Hunter, chief economist at Metrostudy.
NAHB / Eye on Housing Blog / March 13, 2014
The future of the housing finance system is a key issue for the housing industry as well as the economic makeup of the middle class, given the importance that housing wealth and access to rental housing plays in our economy. These factors and the policies that shape them are of such significant importance that this topic has been selected as a primary issue for NAHB’s 2014 legislative conference, “Bringing Housing Home,”which takes place March 17-21 as home builders and other members of the residential construction industry meet federal lawmakers. As part of this event,Read More
Diana Olick / CNBC.com / January 15, 2013
Mortgage applications jumped sharply last week, as a weaker-than-expected December employment report sent interest rates lower.
Total application volume on a seasonally adjusted basis rose 11.9 percent on the week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. Applications to refinance rose 11 percent and applications to purchase a home increased 12 percent, both seasonally adjusted.
The average contract rate for 30-year fixed mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,000 or less) dropped to 4.66 percent from 4.72 percent. Rates had been rising after the Federal Reserve announcedRead More
Les Christie / CNNMoney.com / December4, 2013
Beginning Jan. 10, banks have to ensure that monthly mortgage payments are affordable, a result of the Dodd Frank law passed in 2010. The failure to do so carries strict penalties.
“My concern is that we’re going to be in an environment where some lenders are too small to comply,” said David Stevens, CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association.
During the housing bubble, some banks issued loans without even checking applicants’ income or assets.
Under the new rules, lenders must carefully determine that borrowers have the ability to repay their loans. That means, forRead More
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