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Shayndi Raice / WSJ.com / November 6, 2013
Bank of America Chief Executive Brian Moynihan said the U.S. housing market is “fairly stable” at a Wall Street Journal event in New York Wednesday.
Big banks have seen their mortgage banking income decline in recent quarters as refinancing activity fizzles. But Mr. Moynihan said that a decrease in refinancing activity is not indicative of the strength of the overall U.S. housing market. Instead, he said that home purchases, which have grown slightly since the beginning of the year, are what spurs broader economic growth.
The head of second-largest U.S. bank by assets also saidRead More
BUILDER / October 30, 2013
In September, interest rates on conventional mortgages used to purchase newly built homes increased for the fourth month in a row, according to data released today by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).
During the month, the average contract interest rate increased by 10 basis points to 4.30 percent, while initial fees increased to 1.14 percent (from an average of 1.06 percent the previous month). The combination drove FHFA’s key measure of the average effective interest rate on new home loans (which amortizes the initial fees and incorporates them into the rate) up by 11 basisRead More
Jonathan Smoke / Hanley Wood / September 18, 2013
The initial read on August permits and starts showed no evidence of single family construction being derailed by the increase in mortgage rates since May. Permits, which lead starts, were at a total level in line with most economists’ expectations. Single family permits were at the highest seasonally adjusted rate since May 2008. While the total starts number was down, the decline was caused by declines in the more volatile multi-family sector, and in fact single family starts were up 7% in August over July.
We work with more detailed market level permit data from the Census and fromRead More
Scott Cendrowski / Fortune/CNN Money / September 16, 2013
FORTUNE — What a difference a year makes. Last summer, when Fortune recommended homebuilder stocks, the chorus of dissenters was loud — and to some, persuasive. Their argument went something like this: “Homebuilders are doomed! Foreclosures are flooding the market and besides, no one wants to a buy a new home. They’ll rent forever!”
What happened next? Homebuilder stocks went on a tear. From last July through its peak this May, the S&P homebuilders index rose by 51%, more than doubling the S&P 500′s return. PulteGroup shares, as one example,Read More
Nick Timiraos / The Wall Street Journal / September 12, 2013
Housing inventories increased in August and stood just 2.5% below their levels of a year ago, offering the latest sign that more sellers are testing the market after swift home-price gains over the past year.
Nationally, there were 1.98 million homes listed for sale in August, according to a report released Thursday by Realtor.com. That was up by more than 24% from the low point in February and up 1% from July. Inventories have increased for six straight months.
While the overall level of homes for sale remains relatively depressed, the report suggests that inventory may have hit a bottom earlierRead More