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Builder Confidence Holds Steady in September

September 17th, 2013 Comments off

According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), builder confidence in the market for new, single-family homes remained unchanged in Sept. at 58. “While builder confidence is holding at the highest level in nearly eight years, many are reporting some hesitancy on the part of buyers due to the sharp increase in interest rates,” said NAHB Chairman Rick Judson. Based on builder perceptions of current sales, sales expectations for the next six months and traffic of prospective buyers, the survey has been used for 25 years, and any number over 50 indicates more builders see conditions as good rather than poor. MHProNews has learned all four regions recorded gains: The Midwest and the West each advanced four points, and the Northeast and South both saw gains of two points.

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Newly-built Housing Index Highest in Seven Years

July 17th, 2013 Comments off

According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for July, builder confidence for newly-built single-family homes rose six points to 57, the index’s third consecutive monthly gain and the highest reading since Jan. 2006. Based on builder perceptions of current home sales, traffic of prospective buyers and sales expectations for the coming six months, any number over 50 indicates builders see the market as good rather than poor. While the numbers show definite improvement in the newly-built housing market, NAHB Chairman Rick Judson cautions, “This positive momentum could be disrupted by threats on the policy side, particularly with regard to the mortgage interest deduction and federal support for the housing finance system.” MHProNews has learned all four regions registered positive news: The Northeast gained four points to 40, the Midwest moved up eight points to 54, while the South increased five-points to 50 and the West hit 51 after moving up three points.

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Builder Confidence Wanes

March 18th, 2013 Comments off

Single-family home builder confidence slipped for the third consecutive month, falling two points to 44 for March, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). MHProNews has learned any number above 50 indicates the outlook for the next six months is good rather than poor. NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe says the infrastructure that supports home-building has to re-establish itself. “During the Great Recession, the industry lost home building firms, building material production capacity, workers who retreated to other sectors and the pipeline of developed lots. The road to a housing recovery will be a bumpy one until these issues are addressed, but in the meantime, builders are much more optimistic today than they were at this time last year.” Regionally, the West gained four points, the Northeast remained unchanged, and the South and Midwest each lost a point.

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Builder Confidence Remains Strong

January 16th, 2013 Comments off

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reports the market for newly built, single-family homes remained at 47 on the Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for Jan., following eight consecutive monthly gains. As MHProNews has learned, the HMI is at its highest point since April 2006, right before the downturn. “Conditions in the housing market look much better now than at the beginning of 2012 and an increasing number of housing markets are showing signs of recovery, which should bode well for future home sales later this year,” says Barry Rutenberg, chairman of the NAHB. The association’s chief economist, David Crowe, says, “Persistently tight mortgage credit conditions, difficulties in obtaining accurate appraisals and the ongoing stalemate in Washington over critical economic concerns continue to impede the housing recovery.” The index gauges builder perceptions of current home sales, sales expectations for the next six months, and traffic of prospective buyers. Regionally, the North and Midwest registered two point gains while the South posted a three point increase and and the West increased four points.

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Mortgage Apps Rise

December 5th, 2012 Comments off

According to Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) data, refinancings accounted for 83 percent of new mortgage business, up from 81 percent the week before, as mortgage applications rose five percent, apparently with little concern for the fiscal cliff issue. Tying the all-time low, the average contract rate for a 30-year FHA-insured loan fell two basis points to 3.34 percent. Nationalmortgagenews tells MHProNews 30-year fixed rate mortgages (FRMs) with jumbo loan balances rose four points to 3.79 percent. Tracking the market since 1990, MBA’s survey covers 75 percent of the retail residential mortgage market.

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30-Year FRM Slides, Mortgage Apps Slow

September 6th, 2012 Comments off

According to information from Freddie Mac, as originationnews says, the average for a fixed rate 30-year mortgage fell four points during the week ending Sept. 6 to 3.55%, compared to 4.12% a year ago. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) tells MHProNews mortgage applications have fallen recently but lenders report the pipelines remain strong. Meanwhile, the average 15-year mortgage remained at 2.86%, the same as the week before. The five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid ARM dropped three basis points to 2.75%, while the rate for a one-year Treasury ARM fell two basis points to 2.61%.

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