Category Archives: Residential

Another Top-10 List — Fastest Growing U.S. Suburbs 2018

Cheap energy prices and lifestyle are once again leading to a move back to ‘burbs’ in America.  Front and back yards are back in style for some, along with landscaping, vegetable gardens and trees.  There are tens-of-thousands of Millennials in hot pursuit.  As a result, demand is robust in many of the U.S. suburban housing …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Buyers From the North Midwest Fueling Florida, Colorado and Washington Luxury Housing Markets

There was much debate and rhetoric regarding the potential impact on higher-valued homes arising from passage of the Tax Cut and Jobs Creation Act of 2017.    The thought was that by cutting the allowable interest deduction from $1 million of total loans on the primary and secondary home(s) to $750,000, along with limiting a total …Read more

Forecasts: Residential Refinance & Purchase Lending, 30-Year Conventional Mortgage Rates, Home Sales — June 2018

Fortunately, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the MBA update their quarterly and annual forecasts monthly for residential lending volumes –  both refinance and purchase transactions.  Driving these lending forecasts is  the expectation of future interest rates.  Since 2018 is almost one-half over there is not too much deviation in interest rate expectations for the year, …Read more

New Single Family Home Sales Jump 14.1 Percent Vs A Year Ago in May 2018, Median Price Down 3.3 Percent to $313,000

New single family residential (SFR) home sales of 689,000 on seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) were up 14.1 percent versus a year ago and 6.7 percent sequentially from April.   Other than the 712,000 SAAR rate posted in November 2017, this is the greatest level seen since October 2007.  Year-to-date new home sales are up 8.8 …Read more

Existing Home Sales Down 1.39 Percent Year-To-Date in May 2018, Median Price Jumps 4.9 Percent in Past 12-Months

Tight inventories of listings for sale and rising residential mortgage interest rates and home values continued to deflect existing home sales in May 2018 as reported by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR).   Actual sales in May 2018 of 536,000 compared to 555,000 a year ago were down 3.4 percent, but sales year-to-date dipped just …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Metros with Greatest Number of Listings with Prices at $100,000 or Less

Affordability is the new battle cry across the U.S. as home prices continue to escalate at a rate much greater than the corresponding growth in incomes.  This particular affordability issue is being driven by demand simply outstripping supply. From a construction perspective, the U.S. continues to under-build housing.  In the 12-months ending April 2018, a …Read more