Housing Market Ended Summer With a Bang

Looking at the calendar (and the weather, depending on where you live), summer may seem like an increasingly distant memory, but for housing market data, things are just heating up. Whether we’re talking about the housing market or almost any other aspect of the economy, the biggest economic reports tend to be released long after the days when […]

Is There Really Trouble in The Housing Market?

Negative housing-related headlines are on the rise. Here are a few recent examples: Foreign purchases of American homes plunge 36% as Chinese buyers flee the market Another bad sign for the housing market Housing is providing another in a line of troubling signs Declining Mortgage Rates Aren’t Helping Home Builders China’s Economy, Trade Talks and […]

Big Bounce in Home Sales And What it Could Mean For Prices

It was an action-packed week for financial markets. Earnings were in full swing. There was a ton of economic data to digest. And of course, there was the Fed announcement and press conference to cause volatility from Wednesday afternoon on. But one of the most interesting developments was the big bounce in Pending Home Sales on […]

Rates Dropping Fast as Home Sales Bounce Back

The future is always uncertain when it comes to financial markets and interest rate movement, but there are times where a certain series of events seems more likely.  For most of 2019, mid-March looked to be one of those times. The year began with a sharp move lower in rates–sharp enough that it wasn’t sustainable.  Rates rushed […]

Why 2019 Could Actually be Great For Housing and Mortgage Markets

By some measures, housing and mortgage markets took a turn for the worse in 2018. Some of the weakness can be thought of in a positive light (i.e. housing “catching its breath” after a strong run). But the rest of the weakness raised questions as to how deep the housing and mortgage market corrections might […]

Why We’re Seeing Huge Moves in Home Sales, Prices, and Rates

Brace yourself. There’s a lot to unpack this week. When it comes to factors affecting home sales, rates, and markets in general, we’ve rarely seen such a combination of complexity, uncertainty, and unpredictability. Home Sales Shocker After being delayed for several weeks due to the shutdown, we finally got New Home Sales numbers for November.  […]

Does Housing Care About The Shutdown?

As long as we’re talking about government shutdowns that last a few weeks, past precedent is highly informative, but the longer the current shutdown continues, the more we’ll be in uncharted territory. This is especially true for the housing market. The only relevant comparison in the past 20+ years is with the government shutdown of 2013.  Unfortunately, any […]

Housing Showing Some Signs of Stabilizing

It wouldn’t be 2018 in the housing market if there wasn’t at least one report painting a gloomier picture.  The National Association of Homebuilders Housing Market Index (or “builder confidence” for short) did those honors this week. Up until now, builder confidence had been holding up better than other housing metrics in 2018.  That changed abruptly this […]

Who Gets The Blame For Higher Rates?

Are you mad? Whether you’re a housing/mortgage professional or simply a person who might like to buy/sell/refinance a house at some point in the near future, you have a right to be frustrated. Housing is definitely in the midst of a cooling phase.  There are many reasons for this, and they’re not all bad or abnormal.  It’s hard […]