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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.

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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.

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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

Home builder confidence remains flat

Posted by Mehran Aram on Fri, Apr 19, 2019 @ 05:04 AM

The confidence level among homebuilders in the U.S. appears to be holding steady even in the aftermath of the government shutdown that kicked off the year and the lackluster pace of home sales that followed.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index rose by one point to a reading of 63 in April, bolstered by low mortgage rates. Builder confidence has held steady in the low 60s for three consecutive months.

“Builders report solid demand for new single-family homes but they are also grappling with affordability concerns stemming from a chronic shortage of construction workers and buildable lots,” said NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde. “Ongoing job growth, favorable demographics and a low-interest rate environment will help to modestly spark sales growth in the near term.”

Today, 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: Housing Market, National Association of Home Builders, Home Builders, single family homes, Mortgage rates, Housing Affordability, housing shortage, Affordability, Home Builder Confidence

San Diego home sales rebound after sluggish start to 2019

Posted by Mehran Aram on Mon, Apr 15, 2019 @ 05:04 AM

Sales of existing homes in San Diego County climbed a whopping 28.2 from February to March according to new data. The Greater San Diego Association of Reatlors released a report last week that showed single-family home sales numbered 1,721 last month. This is up from 1,342 the month prior.

Lower mortgage rates helped push the March figures higher. Last month’s increases in home sales are a rebound from a seasonal low in January.

Home prices also increased in San Diego with the median cost for a detached home rising 0.3 percent to $630,000 as of March. 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.

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Topics: San Diego, Greater San Diego Association of Realtors, existing home sales, single family homes, Mortgage rates, San Diego Housing Market, median home price, San Diego Home Sales, San Diego Median Home Price

Changes for gov’t flood insurance program announced for 2020

Posted by Mehran Aram on Wed, Mar 27, 2019 @ 08:03 AM

New rates for single-family homeowners who have flood insurance with the National Flood Insurance Program will take effect next year, under a new plan announced by the Trump Administration this week. The new system will now assess properties on an individual basis rather than using flood zone maps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The new rates will be announced on April 1, 2020 and go into effect in October of that year. There are currently 3.5 million homes on public flood insurance that would see their rates change.

The government program allows home and business owners to buy federally backed flood insurance if private insurance carriers are too costly or unavailable in their area. The changes come as a series of natural disasters over the past several years have put the program in a financial bind.

Today, 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: single family homes, Mortgage rates, Homeowner, National Flood Insurance Program, Flood Insurance, Federal Emergency Management Agency

ARAMCO Report -Wednesday September 24, 2014

Posted by Mehran Aram on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 @ 17:09 PM

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce sales of new single family homes in August rose 18%, hitting the fastest pace since May of 2008. And the largest one month percentage rise since January of 1992. But existing home sales fell in August, the first drop in 5 months. And while household formation slowed significantly last year, 53% of American’s still expect home prices to rise over the next 12 months. Conforming no point 30 year fixed mortgage rates average 4 1/4% with 15 year rates closer to 3 3/8ths.

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