NAHB Reports Increase in Homebuilder Sentiment by 7 Points

Today’s News Synopsis:

Freddie Mac reported interest rates increased with 30-year rates now at 4.16% and 15-year rates at 3.37%.  The NAHB reported an increase in homebuilder sentiment by 7 points, putting it now at 70.  The CBIA shared how the recent big increase in home price from lack of supply can have a huge impact on how many people can afford a home.

In The News:

Freddie Mac – “Mortgage Rates Move Higher” (12-15-16)

“Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates moving higher for the seventh consecutive week.

Construction Dive – “The impact of a $1,000 home price increase on housing affordability” (12-15-16)

“The rise of new home prices due to a supply shortage amid a slow recovery in construction activity has largely dominated the industry in 2016 as many potential buyers, particularly first timers, continue to be frozen out of the market.

Bloomberg – “All Types of Loans Cost More Just One Day After Fed’s Rate Hike” (12-15-16)

“It’s been less than 24 hours since the Federal Reserve raised interest rates and already bank customers are paying more for loans.  JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co. and other big lenders raised their prime lending rate to 3.75 percent from 3.5 percent following the Fed’s decision on Wednesday.”

CNBC – “Homebuilder sentiment spikes 7 points, Trump has them feeling fantastic” (12-15-16)

“Call it the Trump rally in homebuilding — not the stocks, but the sentiment of the builders themselves.  A monthly reading of homebuilder confidence spiked 7 points in December, its first measure done after the presidential election.”

Green Biz – “A bird’s eye view of real estate risk disclosure” (12-15-16)

“Opportunistic and value-add real estate investment strategies are topping the charts in both number of funds seeking capital as well as in total equity amounts targeted.”

Bloomberg – “Big Banks $70 Billion Short in Fed Push to Prevent Bailouts” (12-15-16)

“Wall Street banks are about $70 billion short in building up funds the Federal Reserve says they’ll need to tap following a collapse, down by almost half from the central bank’s earlier estimates.”

DS News – “The Future is Bright: TransUnion Forecasts Lower Mortgage Delinquency Rates” (12-15-16)

“TransUnion’s 2017 Consumer Credit Market Forecast spells good news for serious mortgage loan delinquency rates. According to the recent report, these rates are anticipated to decline come next year.”

Yahoo Finance – “Despite Heightened Levels of Uncertainty and Likely Turbulence, North America Real Estate Should Perform
well in Year Ahead, LaSalle ISA 2017 Finds”

“Ripple effects from the recent presidential election in the U.S., coupled with the Federal Reserve’s expected increases of interest rates will shape the economic outlook for North America in 2017, according to LaSalle Investment Management’s Investment Strategy Annual (ISA) 2017.”

Bloomberg – “There Are Plenty of Jobs Out There, America” (12-15-16)

“Futurists have been saying for a while that the U.S. is hurtling toward a jobless economy, with driverless long-haul trucks and cashier-free brick-and-mortar Amazon stores. Someday, maybe. Right now the problem isn’t too many workers who can’t find jobs. It’s too many jobs that can’t find workers.”


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Looking Back:

The Mortgage Bankers Association reported a 1.4% increase in commercial/multifamily mortgage debt by commercial banks.  The NAHB reported a one point decrease in builder confidence, putting it at 61.  A new rule was recently proposed by the FHFA that would require mortgages be offered by the GSEs that normally were overlooked, specifically manufactured housing, affordable housing preservation, and rural markets.


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