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Refinancing Remains Robust

The Mortgage Bankers Association’s latest Weekly Application Survey shows that, for the week ending October 16, 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, decreased by 2.1% from one week earlier, while the other, the Refinance... Read More ›

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Slower Jobs Gains in September: State-Level Analysis

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 41 states in September compared to the previous month. The largest increase came from New York, which added 109,300 jobs during this time. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nationwide total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 661,000 over the month of September, following an increase of 1.5 million jobs in August. Month-over-month (MoM), total... Read More ›

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Home Building Continues Historic Climb

Single-family starts experienced continued gains in September, according to data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Census Bureau. Contrasting the different subsectors of housing, while single-family permits are showing continued strength, multifamily permits continue to weaken as a consequence of the 2020 virus crisis. The pace of single-family starts in September was the highest production... Read More ›

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Builder Confidence Continues Record Climb

In a further show of strength for the housing sector, builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes increased two points to 85 in October, further surpassing the previous all-time high of 83 recorded in September, according to the latest NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). These are the first two months the index has ever been above 80.... Read More ›

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Lot Values Down in 2019

According to NAHB’s analysis of the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC) data, median single-family lot prices came down in 2019, breaking their relentless climb for the first time since 2013. The 2019 median lot price was $45,000, which amounts to a 9% decline since 2018, when half of the lots were selling at or above $49,500. The West divisions... Read More ›

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