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Refinance Activity Surges on a Year-over-Year Basis

Data from the latest survey of the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Application Survey show small year-over-year gains in purchasing activity and larger year-over-year gains in refinancing activity. The Primary Market Mortgage Survey indicated no change in the 30-year fixed rate mortgage (FRM) from the previous week, at a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 3.8%. However, two weeks ago, the FRM decreased... Read More ›

A Nation of Builders

Every year the National Association of Home Builders conducts a member census to better understand the composition and characteristics of the people who belong to its organization. In 2018, 32 percent of NAHB’s members were builders—those whose primary business is single-family home building, multifamily building, residential or commercial remodeling, commercial building, land development, or manufacturing of modular/panelized/log homes. The remaining... Read More ›

Minority Homeownership Rate Drops in the First Quarter of 2019

Every quarter the US Census Bureau publishes results from its Housing Vacancies and Homeownership Survey (CPS/HVS). In the first quarter of 2019 the U.S. homeownership rate stood at 64.2 percent, unchanged from its level during the same time last year, but slightly down from the fourth quarter of 2018 (64.8 percent) (Figure 1). A recent NAHB blog shows that although... Read More ›

Texas Leads Job Gains in May

Total nonfarm employment, seasonally adjusted (SA) increased by 2.4 million jobs, year-over-year (YoY), or 1.6% from May 2018 to May 2019. During this time, total nonfarm employment in the Western region increased by 2.0%. The South, Northeast, and Midwest recorded gains at 1.6%, 0.9% and 0.8% respectively, during this time. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nonfarm payroll employment... Read More ›

Existing Home Sales Bounced Back in May

Boosted by lower mortgage rates, existing home sales, released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), rebounded in May. This is the first gain in two months. Total existing home sales, including single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, climbed 2.5% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.34 million in May. On a year-over-year basis, sales were 1.1% lower than a... Read More ›

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