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Builders constructing more single-story homes

Posted by Mehran Aram on Sun, Oct 6, 2019 @ 08:10 AM

With more and more retirees choosing to age in the place, the popularity of single-family homes with only one story is growing. While two-story homes are still more popular among homebuilders and buyers, the gap is slowly shrinking. The National Association of Home Builders reports that the share of new homes with two or more stories declined from 55 percent in 2017 to 53 percent in 2018. Single-story homes increased in volume during that same period, growing from 45 percent of newly constructed homes to 47 percent.

Millennials, the fastest growing age bracket of homebuyers, have a preference for two-story homes according to the NAHB. 55 percent of Millennial respondents to a survey report wanting a two-story home compared to 35 percent who want a single-story. Meanwhile, 80 percent of Baby Boomers, not wanting to climb stairs, said they prefer to live in a single-story home.

Today, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 3.75 percent and 15-year rates are near 3.25 percent.

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Topics: National Association of Home Builders, single family homes, Mortgage rates, Home Construction

Home flipping in U.S. climbs in Q2

Posted by Mehran Aram on Mon, Sep 23, 2019 @ 05:09 AM

The number of investors in the U.S. flipping homes for a profit climbed during the second quarter of 2019 but data suggests that the practice is growing less profitable. ATTOM Data Solutions released its Q2 2019 U.S. Home Flipping Report last week which showed 59,876 single-family homes and condos were flipped during the quarter. This is an increase of 12.4 percent increase from the previous quarter but 5.2 percent less than the same time last year.

High home prices are taking their toll on returns with the average gross profit during Q2 at $62,700 – down two percent. The average return-on-investment has dropped for the past six quarters.

Home flipping is the practice of purchasing a home and its subsequent sale within a 12-month period. Investors often make renovations to the home and then sell it for a profit.

Meanwhile, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 3.875 percent and 15-year rates are near 3.375 percent.

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Topics: home prices, single family homes, Mortgage rates, ATTOM Data Solutions, Home Flipping, Home Investors, Return on Investment

Home construction rates show no sign of improvement

Posted by Mehran Aram on Fri, Sep 13, 2019 @ 11:09 AM

The national home ownership rate, property values and sales are all elements of the housing market that have either returned to pre-recession levels or are making strides in that direction. Despite this, the rate at which new homes are being built in the U.S. are far from a full recovery. In fact, a new analysis of market trends shows that the depressed construction rates may continue to linger for quite some time.

According to Zillow, housing starts are predicted to remain below historical averages through 2022 or later. Only one-in-five panelists in a survey expect single-family home starts to return to one million – a benchmark that has not been reached since 2007. More than 25 percent said it may happen by 2021 and 54 percent believe it will be at least another three years or more.

The high price of buildable land, raw materials and labor have plagued the residential construction industry for years, leading to the lowest inventory levels this century.

Meanwhile, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 3.625 percent and 15-year rates are near 3.125 percent.

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Topics: Zillow, homeownership, single family homes, Housing Starts, Mortgage rates, Homeownership Rate, Home Construction

Home prices continue slow climb

Posted by Mehran Aram on Sun, Aug 11, 2019 @ 08:08 AM

The pace of home sales in the U.S. has remained largely flat for the better part of 2019 but that hasn’t kept prices from continuing their upward journey. While the rate at which prices are climbing has slowed, single-family home prices nationwide remain at an all-time high. According to CoreLogic’s Home Price Index and HPI Forecast for June 2019, home prices in the U.S. are 3.4 percent higher than they were during the same month last year.

Prices also increased on a monthly basis, rising by 0.4 percent from May to June. CoreLogic predicts that the cost of a home will continue to rise as well. Experts anticipate another 5.2 percent increase over the next year.

Increases in home prices in the lower-end of the market are especially challenging for first-time buyers, however, mortgage rate near historic lows could help make monthly mortgage payments more affordable.

Today, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 3.625 percent and 15-year rates are near 3.125 percent.

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Topics: home sales, home prices, CoreLogic, single family homes, Mortgage rates, June Home Prices

Construction spending continues rough patch

Posted by Mehran Aram on Fri, Jul 5, 2019 @ 05:07 AM

A surge early in the year was not enough momentum to push construction spending higher in the second quarter. New figures for May released by the U.S. Census Bureau shows a 0.8 percent decline in construction spending from April. On a year-over-year basis, overall spending is off by 2.3 percent, largely due to it being dragged down by an 11.2 percent drop in residential construction.

Although new polling shows that homebuilders are optimistic about the future of the housing market, spikes in material costs and a labor scarcity is putting the brakes on increases in construction projects.

Homebuilders also appear to be focusing more on multi-unit dwellings like apartment buildings. As construction spending shrank in most other areas, multi-family spending rose 9.3 percent.

Meanwhile, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 3.875 percent and 15-year rates are near 3.375 percent.

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Topics: single family homes, Mortgage rates, Homebuilders, Construction Spending, U.S. Census Bureau

Americans purchasing fewer new homes

Posted by Mehran Aram on Thu, Jun 27, 2019 @ 05:06 AM

The rate at which homebuyers in the U.S. are purchasing new homes is currently at its lowest pace in over six months according to new data. Purchases of newly built single-family homes fell by 7.8 percent in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 626,000, acording to the U.S. Department of Commerce. This is below economists’ expectations in a survey conducted by The Wall Street Journal who forecasted new home sales to be closer to 683,000.

As they sit on the market unsold, the supply of newly built homes on the market is increasing. New home inventory was approximately 6.4 months as of May, up from 5.6 months last year.

Sales of newly built homes have flatlined for most of the past year as builders failed to focus on entry level priced homes and instead flooded the market with larger, more expensive dwellings.

Meanwhile, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 3.875 percent and 15-year rates are near 3.375 percent.

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Topics: homebuyers, single family homes, new home sales, U.S. Department of Commerce, Mortgage rates

Home builder confidence

Posted by Mehran Aram on Thu, Jun 20, 2019 @ 16:06 PM

A slight gain in the confidence levels among home builders in the U.S. last month, was undone by a 2 point decline in June. Rising construction costs have long been cited as the major reason builders have been weary. Confidence levels are measured according to The National Association of Home Builders’ index.

“While demand for single-family homes remains sound, builders continue to report rising development and construction costs,” said NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde.

In addition to grappling with rising costs, a shortage of skilled labor has also depressed confidence levels among the nation’s home builders. Despite this month’s drop, the index’s component measuring future conditions remains positive with a reading of 70.

Today, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 3.875 percent and 15-year rates are near 3.375 percent.

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Topics: Construction, Home Builders, single family homes, Mortgage rates, National Association of HomeBuilders, condo, condominium, Home Builder Confidence, Home Construction

Condo and townhome sales surge in San Diego

Posted by Mehran Aram on Sun, Jun 16, 2019 @ 07:06 AM

San Diego County saw closed sales of condominiums and townhomes shoot up seven percent from April to May according to the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors. This unusually large increase comes as the sales pace for single-family homes remained relatively unchanged.

Attached property sales climbed 7.3 percent in total from 983 in April to 1,055 in May. The price of a townhome or condominium grew 3.3 percent to a median price of $434,000 as of last month.

Meanwhile, single-family home sales in San Diego were flat, increasing 0.7 percent on a month-over-month basis and price rose just 1.2 percent. Compared to last year, sales of single-family homes are down 7.1 percent in the region.

Today, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 3.875 percent and 15-year rates are near 3.375 percent.

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Topics: home sales, San Diego County, San Diego, Greater San Diego Association of Realtors, single family homes, Mortgage rates, San Diego Housing Market, condo, San Diego Home Sales, San Diego Housing, Property Sales

Builder confidence gets a boost

Posted by Mehran Aram on Sun, Jun 2, 2019 @ 09:06 AM

Sales of newly built homes are on the rise, giving homebuilders a boost in confidence as the rest of the housing market seems to be in a slump. Builder confidence in newly built, single-family homes rose three points in May to a reading of 66. Anything above 50 is generally considered positive however this is lower than the reading of 70 in May 2018. This latest information comes from the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index.

Demand for new homes continues to remain high. The index’s component measuring sales expectations for the next six months rose to a reading of 72 last month.

“This lower-interest rate environment, along with ongoing job growth and rising wages, is contributing to a gradual improvement in the marketplace,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz.

Today, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 4.00 percent, 15-year rates are near 3.625 percent and the 5-year ARM is averaging 4.00 percent.

Do you have a question for Real Estate & Mortgage Analyst Mehran Aram? Submit your queries about a home purchase, refinance, or reverse mortgage via Aramco.Biz, social media (#AramcoReport), or over the phone at (866) 381-8888 and your questions may be featured in an upcoming article.

Topics: Housing Market, National Association of Home Builders, new homes, single family homes, NAHB, Mortgage rates, Home Builder Confidence

Home building on the rise

Posted by Mehran Aram on Sun, May 19, 2019 @ 07:05 AM

Single-family home construction increased in the U.S. in April, driving housing starts up. Overall housing starts climbed 5.7 percent over the last month according to data from the Department of Commerce. The volume of construction permits also increased, a signal that housing starts in the coming months will be positive as well.

Low unemployment, a strong economy and lower mortgage rates have produced robust buyer-demand for housing, but rising material costs and labor shortages have hindered growth over the past year. These latest numbers suggest that home builders are not being deterred by these less than favorable conditions.

Experts predict that should demand continue to remain high, housing starts in particular may show resilience even if the housing market experiences a broader slowdown.

Meanwhile, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 4.125 percent, 15-year rates are near 3.625 percent and the 5-year ARM is averaging 4.00 percent.

Do you have a question for Real Estate & Mortgage Analyst Mehran Aram? Submit your queries about a home purchase, refinance, or reverse mortgage via Aramco.Biz, social media (#AramcoReport), or over the phone at (866) 381-8888 and your questions may be featured in an upcoming article.

Topics: Home Builders, single family homes, Housing Starts, U.S. Department of Commerce, Mortgage rates, Home Building, Low Unemployment, Construction Permits, Home Construction, Strong Economy, Department of Commerce