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What Ails Housing Starts

August housing starts, reported today, were disappointing at 956,000 units, a drop of 14.4% from July and 8% from August last year. Only twice this year have monthly reports of housing starts topped a million units at annual rates – from 1991 to the financial crisis in 2008, starts were never below one million.  To […]

Affordable Multifamily Housing Hot Topics Event

Please save Wednesday, October 8, for Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services’ Affordable Multifamily Housing Hot Topics Event in San Francisco. Senior credit analysts from S&P Ratings’ Housing Enterprises and Structured Securities group will discuss mortgage finance and housing industry trends. Register Today. This event will precede the Novogradac Affordable Housing Conference on October 9-10 in […]

All Cash and Institutional Investor Shares of Home Sales Drop

RealtyTrac® released its Q2 2014 U.S. Institutional Investor & Cash Sales Report, showing all-cash sales accounted for 37.9% of all sales of single family homes and condos nationwide in the second quarter, down from a three-year high of 42.0% in the previous quarter but up from 35.7% in a year ago. The report also shows […]

National Credit Default Rates Remain at Historical Lows in July 2014 According to the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices

S&P Dow Jones Indices released the latest results for the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices. Data is through July 2014.  S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices Press Release – August 2014.

U.S. Forecast Update: High Anxiety

Although the sizable jump in U.S. GDP growth in the second quarter helped allay Wall Street worries, Main Street is still jittery. According to the August WSJ/NBC Poll, 71% of American adults think the country is on the wrong track (up from 63% in June) and that the economic problems facing the U.S. are mostly […]

Foreclosure Activity Rises 2% in July, Down 16% Year-over-Year

RealtyTrac® reported today that there were foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — in July 2014 on 109,434 U.S. properties, an increase of 2% from the previous month but down 16% from a year ago. One in every 1,203 U.S. housing units with a foreclosure filing during the month. July was […]

U.S. Weekly Economic Roundup: Positivity Continues

Productivity rose 2.5% in the second quarter, consistent with a soundly growing economy but not reflective of the very strong GDP growth that characterized the second quarter. On a year-over-year basis, productivity is up 1.2%, consistent with only lukewarm economic growth. Manufacturing productivity growth was solid, while service-sector productivity growth was not so. Unit labor […]

Economic Research: Low Interest Rates Are Underpinning Europe’s House Price Recovery

Very low interest rates are strongly supporting a recovery or stabilization of house prices in European markets, even in countries where credit conditions are still tight and household debt is high. In the U.K., in particular, an ultra-accommodative monetary policy has underpinned a sturdy revival following the 2008-2009 correction, with house prices likely to rise […]

More Mixed Data on Housing

Existing homes continue to out-pace new homes.  Sales of existing homes in June were 5.04 million, up 2.6% for the best number in eight months while new home sales dropped 8.1% in June from May to 406 thousand.  Housing starts were weak as well, down 9% to 893 thousand starts at annual rates. Single family […]

Housing Continues To Be A Key Indicator Of Economic Cycles

Housing trends continue to inform economic and credit analyses in the U.S. and around the globe. Economists and analysts continually assess the prospects for imbalances in property markets in Canada, China, Brazil, France, and other emerging markets. At the same time, Spain and Ireland continue to feel the weight of housing busts following pre-crisis booms. […]

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