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Builder confidence stumbled a bit this month, breaking a four-month streak that had pushed moved the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) 8 points higher. The index, which quantifies builder confidence in the market for newly constructed homes, dipped 1 point in January to 83. Robert Dietz, NAHB’s chief economist said higher materials costs and lack of availability are adding weeks to the construction time of a typical single-family home and the aggregate cost of residential construction materials has increased almost 19 percent in the last month. Policymakers need to take action to fix supply chains and obtaining a new softwood lumber agreement with Canada and reducing tariffs would be an excellent place to start, he said. The most pressing issue for the housing sector remains a lack of inventory according to the economist. While 2021 single-family starts are expected to end the year about 25 percent higher than the pre-Covid 2019 level, higher interest rates in the coming year will put a damper on housing affordability. Derived from a monthly survey that NAHB has been conducting for 35 years, the NAHB/Wells Fargo HMI gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “good,” “fair” or “poor.” The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “high to very high,” “average” or “low to very low.” Scores for each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor.
Builder confidence stumbled a bit this month, breaking a four-month streak that had pushed moved the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) 8 points higher. The index, which quantifies builder confidence... (read more)
The refinance share of originations in November remained at 53 percent for the third month even though the average interest rate on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages increased 14 basis points over that period. ICE Mortgage Technology’s Origination Insi... (read more)
While rates continue higher, from South Carolina comes, “I just got 30 minutes of cardio trying to pick up an ice cube off the kitchen floor.” Plenty of folks on the East Coast are dealing with other kinds of ice (we all know how 2 inches of snow gri... (read more)
One of the very few welcome byproducts of the pandemic was the pervasive availability of new all-time low mortgage rates. Depending on when you checked in, you were highly likely to see top tier 30yr fixed rates in the 2% range. Even after the first major attempt at lift-off in early 2021, rates were still best described as being in the "mid-... (read more)
Snowball Selling Continues. Why?
In not so many words, most of the rate drama seen during the past 3 weeks is a result of a fairly important policy pivot from the Fed. There were no new Fed communications today, but some market participants were still responding to a slew of Fed speakers from Friday. Thos... (read more)
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