Construction Plans Fuel Economy

The housing market may seem like it is losing steam lately, but many experts expect a jump in momentum as construction plans get underway. According to the Commerce Department, building permits in the U.S. for new homes skyrocketed last month to the highest level seen in five years, increasing 6.2%. The new construction plans will inevitably bring new jobs helping the economy grow in more ways than one. Trulia’s chief economist, Jed Kolko said, “the increase in building permits is clearly a bright spot for the recovery.” More here 

Single Family Housing Prices Increase

Home prices spiked in September according to a survey showing that single family home prices in the United States experienced the largest annual gain in nearly eight years. Although home prices may scare off potential homebuyers, experts suggest that the housing market is on the right path. The chairman of the index committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices, David Blitzer said, housing continues to emerge from the financial crisis: the proportion of homes in foreclosure is declining and consumers’ balance sheets are strengthening.” More here

Contracts For Previously Owned Homes Decrease

Previously owned home contracts decreased in October to the surprise of many economists. October was the fifth consecutive month that contracts dropped while borrowing costs increased. According to the National Association of Realtors, pending home sales fell 0.6% while prices and mortgage rates increased due to low inventory. Economists suggest that we may be leveling out from the spike in contracts earlier in the year. More here

Reverse Mortgages May Be Of Great Financial Benefit To Many Seniors

According to research, approximately 8% of individuals age 62 and above have thought about the possibility of a reverse mortgage while only 2% secured the loan. The survey suggests that many homeowners have had trouble dealing with long-term debt after the housing market crash, and reverse mortgages may be of great assistance to many people. An increase in the number of people with mortgage debt has grown over the last decade. Many experts are suggesting that seniors seek financial help in order to decrease debt among the age group. More here

Mortgage Rates Decrease

Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey states that mortgage rates fell this week after 2 weeks of sustained rates. According to the report, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 4.22%, down from last week’s average of 4.35%. The Vice President of Freddie Mac, Frank Nothaft said, “fixed mortgage rates fell this week on reports of weaker manufacturing growth and declines in overall inflation rates.” Nothaft also stated that industrial production also decreased more than experts forecasted. More here

Home Improvement Store Earnings Increase

Lowe’s, a home improvement retail store, reported a jump in earnings last quarter showing signs that the housing market is still making strides towards recovery. The report showed a 26% increase in earnings, and experts say the rise is due to new home construction and many consumers being able to set aside extra money for home improvements. Robert A. Niblock, Lowe’s Chief Executive said, “the home improvement industry is poised for persisting growth in the fourth quarter and further acceleration in 2014.” More here

Rate Loan Jumps .19%

According to Freddie Mac, the average 30-year fixed-rate loan has increased to 4.35%, up .19% from last week, and the highest level since mid-September. The average 15-year fixed-rate mortgage also jumped, averaging 3.35%, up .8% from the previous week. Additionally, a government report stated that 204,000 jobs were added to the market in October. More here

Builder Confidence Holds Strong At 54

According to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, home-builder confidence has not budged, remaining at a level of 54 this month. November is the 6th month in a row that home builders have agreed that the present conditions in the housing market are good. If levels exceed 50 or above they are considered positive. The Chairman of the NAHB, Rick Judson said, “given the current interest rate and pricing environment, consumers continue to show interest in purchasing new homes, but are holding back because Congress keeps pushing critical decisions on budget, tax and government spending issues down the road.” More here

Home Sales Increase While Inventory Drops

According to new data, declining inventory may be helping to push more buyers to buy, increasing the amount of home sales across the nation. In September, homes listed on Zillow spent an average of 30 days less on the market than in September 2012. Chief Economist at Zillow, Dr. Stan Humphries said, “the declining inventory of for-sale homes over the past year naturally creates pressure for buyers to more quickly snap up the inventory that is on the market. This demand has been fueled by huge resets in home prices since market peak, historically low mortgage rates and a slowly improving broader economic climate.” Additionally, the states of California and Texas had the fastest moving housing markets nationally in September. More here

Mortgage Rates Up From Last Week

30-year fixed-rate mortgage hit the highest levels since September, averaging approximately 4.35%, and have jumped .19% from last week according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey. Fixed-rate mortgages overall have increased for the second consecutive week, while the U.S. economy has also shown signs of growth over the last few weeks. 15-year fixed-rate mortgages jumped 0.8% from last week averaging 3.35% up from 2.65%. More here