Feds Still Torn on Decision to Raise Rates

Today’s News Synopsis:

The California Association of Realtors reported a decrease in existing-home sales for July, down 4.1% month-over-month and 5.1% year-over-year.  The Mortgage Bankers Association reported a 4% decrease in mortgage applications despite mortgage rates being at their lowest on record.  Federal Officials are still torn on the decision of whether or not to raise interest rates.

In The News:

California Association of Realtors – “California home sales and median price decrease in July as affordability crunch puts dent in housing market” (8-16-16)

“Existing, single-family home sales totaled 415,840 in July on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate, down 4.1 percent from June and 5.1 percent from July 2015.”

CNBC – “Mortgage Applications fell 4% even as rates sit near record lows” (8-17-16)

“Even with mortgage interest rates sitting near record lows, mortgage applications failed to make any gains last week.  Total application volume decreased 4 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis for the week from the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.”

News.Markets – “Could the US real estate sector be about to take off?” (8-17-16)

“Could US real estate stocks advance further while other financial issues fall back? The question arises because at the close of business on August 31, S&P Dow Jones Indices and MSCI will reclassify US real estate companies as a standalone sector rather than as part of the financials group.”

Bloomberg – “Related CEO on Hudson Yards, Commercial Real Estate (Video)” (8-17-16)

“Jeff Blau, chief executive officer and partner at Related Companies, updates progress on corporate and residential real estate at Hudson Yards and offers insight on New York City’s residential real estate market.”

DS News – “The Alternate Housing Market Universe” (8-17-16)

“It has been determined by industry experts that if the housing market follows the same trajectory it is currently on, the median home price in the U.S. will be equal to that of prices before the housing crisis by 2017.”

Inman“Apartment List releases August report for Los Angeles rent” (8-17-16)

“Apartment List recently released its rent report for Los Angeles, finding L.A. rents grew by 0.4 percent from June to July.”

Bloomberg – “Fed Officials Split in July on Whether Rate Hike Needed Soon” (8-17-16)

“Federal Reserve officials were divided in July over the urgency to raise interest rates again, with some preferring to wait because inflation remained benign and others wanting to go soon as the labor market nears full employment.”


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Looking Back:

The NAHB reported a one point increase in builder confidence, placing it at 61.  However, the NAHB also reported fewer people were able to afford housing with the increase in both home and construction prices.  With the TRID deadline approaching, the CFPB released a new document outlining answers to questions those in the industry had regarding issuing new rules.


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