2021

Susan Rice to co-chair HUD appraisal task force

Housing Wire

The interagency task force to combat inequity in appraisals, led by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge, will be co-chaired by former United Nations ambassador Susan Rice.

How Delta variant may impact housing market

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The following Q&A comes from the HW+ exclusive Slack channel, where HousingWire’s Lead Analyst Logan Mohtashami answered questions on what to make of the latest housing data, his forecast for the rest of this year, and whether or not the housing market is returning to normal.

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Home sales are beginning to stall as buyers hit their limit

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Home sales fell 1.2% from May to June, the largest drop at this time of year on record since at least 2012, according to a new Redfin study released this week. The national median home-sale price hit a record high of $386,888, up 25% year over year, but a slight decline from the record of 26% in May.

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Could online mortgage lenders reduce discrimination against Black homebuyers?

Housing Wire

The housing market is red hot. The Federal Housing Finance Agency house-price index rose 12% last year due to low inventories and high demand. Redfin , the popular real estate website, reports that nearly 40% of homes in the past month have sold above asking price.

Reimagining How Construction Companies Capture Progress Tracking

Speaker: Felipe Engineer-Manriquez, Christopher Gagliardi, George Hedley, and Jason Nichols

Join our esteemed panelists for their discussion on the importance of progress tracking which ultimately touches upon every digital aspect within the construction cycle. Our thought-leaders' years of experience on the job sites can help you build a better future at your company.

Are we back to a normal housing market?

Housing Wire

In the last few months in my articles for HousingWire, I have written that monthly supply has been rising and that this increasing supply was the most critical metric for the housing market, specifically the new home sales market.

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Ginnie Mae unveils 40-year mortgage term for issuers

Housing Wire

Ginnie Mae is set to introduce a new 40-year mortgage term for its issuers on the heels of administrative shake ups at the top of the housing industry.

Existing home sales show strength of demographics

Housing Wire

The National Association of Realtors reported existing home sales for the month of June were under their estimates slightly. The seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.86 million achieved in June was a bit better than my expectations, ending four months of declines.

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Housing inventory slowly coming back as frenzy fades

Housing Wire

After four consecutive months of declines, existing home sales increased in June, jumping 1.4% from May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.86 million, according to the National Association of Realtors. You can thank a rise in housing inventory for the gains. Sales climbed 22.9%

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The housing market is losing steam

Housing Wire

Mortgage applications for new home purchases in June decreased 3% from May and 23.8% year over year, suggesting a slowdown in the housing market, according to a recent report from the Mortgage Bankers Association.

Mortgage applications jump 16%

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After several consecutive weeks of drops, mortgage applications jumped 16% for the week ending July 9, 2021, according to the latest report from the Mortgage Bankers Association. The prior week ‘s report showed a 1.8% drop in applications to the lowest level since January 2020.

For housing, look at bonds over MBS or federal debt

Housing Wire

This is the first time I am writing about mortgage backed securities (MBS) because I hardly ever consider this aspect of the housing ecosystem in my work. But since now even Federal Reserve members are discussing the pros and cons of MBS, this is a good time to give you my take.

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US housing market is short 5.5 million homes, NAR says

Housing Wire

The National Association of Realtors says the current state of the housing market is absolutely “dire,” the consequence of a housing shortage 30 years in the making. According to the lobbying group, construction of long-term housing fell 5.5

Variant scare causes mortgage rates to fall to 2.78%

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The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage sank 10 basis points to 2.78% for the week ending on July 22, continuing several weeks of declines , according to mortgage rates data released Thursday by Freddie Mac ‘s PMMS.

Mortgage rates dip slightly to 2.88%

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The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell two basis points from the week prior to 2.88%, according to mortgage rates data released Thursday by Freddie Mac ‘s PMMS.

Redfin: Bidding wars drop slightly in June

Housing Wire

Competition between would-be homebuyers is still high, but an increase in homes hitting the market in June brought some relief from bidding wars. Per a recent Redfin study , 65% of home offers written by company agents in June faced competition, down from a rate of 72.1% in May and a peak of 74.1%

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Navigating appraisal challenges in today’s housing market

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The booming real estate market has created a high demand for appraisal services. This is good news for lenders, but it puts a tremendous amount of pressure on appraisers who have to be diligent in their work, while also meeting closing dates.

Homebuyers are growing weary of the housing market

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Homebuyers are feeling pretty discouraged by the housing market these days. The latest Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index shows that just 35% of consumers believe now is a good time to buy a home, down from 47% in April.

Is housing market demand starting to weaken?

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Nearly 50% of homes sold for more than their list price during the four weeks ending May 16, but there are signs that housing market demand may be reaching its peak, according to a recent study from Redfin.

Existing home sales data: A bad sign for housing market?

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According to the National Association of Realtors, existing home sales for April’s housing market came in at 5,8500,000. This was a miss from estimates and the third straight month of declines in sales.

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Fannie & Freddie forbearances drop to 1.81%

Housing Wire

Another week, another drop in forbearance volume. Servicers’ forbearance portfolio volume fell two basis points to 3.48% from 3.50% last week, according to a survey from the Mortgage Bankers Association. Approximately 1.74 million homeowners are in forbearance plans, the MBA reported.

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Investors are buying up single-family homes across the US

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After three straight quarters of declines, home purchases by investors rose 2.7% year over year in the first quarter of 2021, marking the first period of growth since the COVID-19 pandemic began, per a new study from Redfin.

Housing market inventory is starting to recover

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Housing starts jumped in March, recovering from a bleak February that included wild winter storms in the South, according to a recent report from the Census Bureau. Single-family housing starts rose 15.3% over the month to a pace of 1.24 million annualized units.

Here it is: Biden’s first-time homebuyer tax credit legislation

Housing Wire

Consumers have been closely following President Joe Biden’s proposed first-time homebuyer tax credit , but the newest form of that proposal has several significant restrictions.

Generation X is looking to move to these metros

Housing Wire

In the last few years, there’s been a lot of conversation surrounding 25 to 40-year-olds and their home purchasing habits. But according to a new LendingTree study , millennials aren’t the only ones making big purchases – Generation X is doing the same.

Who qualifies for the $25K first-time homebuyer grant

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If recently-introduced first-time homebuyer legislation were to be enacted as written, about 4.37 million people – roughly 10% of the nation’s renters – could be eligible for up to $25,000 in downpayment assistance.

Millions will enter housing market in 2021: Zillow

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In what will be known to future generations as the Great Reshuffling, a recent Zillow survey showed that more than 1 in 10 Americans reported moving in the past 12 months, either by choice or by circumstance.

CFPB proposes foreclosure ban until 2022

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a notice of proposed rulemaking on Monday that would amend Regulation X to provide a special pre-foreclosure review period prohibiting servicers from starting foreclosures until after December 31, 2021.

Here’s how to fix the housing market inventory crisis

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The U.S. housing market is in the midst of an inventory crisis. The number of homes for sale in the U.S. is hovering near record lows , caused by a pandemic-induced housing inventory death-spiral.

Average home sale price hits all-time record

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The median home sale price increased 16% year-over-year to $331,590 – an all-time high, per a report this week from Redfin. But that’s not stopping buyers from snatching up homes days after they’re listed.

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