October 2016

NAR: Existing Home Sales Up 5.9 Percent In October

Existing home sales increased 5.9 percent year-over-year in October. Numbers from the National Association of Realtors put existing home sales for October at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.60 million in October, a two percent increase from the previous month. This is welcome news from NAR, but it is also important to remember that this was before the spike in mortgage rates we have seen during the last month. "The good news is that the tightening labor market is beginning to push up wages and the economy has lately shown signs of greater expansion. [...]

By |2016-11-22T21:30:36+00:00November 22nd, 2016|In the Press, Markets, Mortgage Rates, Real Estate|0 Comments

Single-Family Permits Flat In October As Housing Starts Jump

Single-family permits fell flat in October. That's the news from today's Census numbers on October construction starts and permits. The unadjusted single-family permits data show 60,500 new single family permits for October 2016, virtually unchanged from last year's 60,300 print. Headline numbers for housing starts show a huge 23.3 percent YoY increase, and a 21.7 percent increase in single-family starts during October. Not seasonally adjusted, single-family starts rose almost 25 percent year-over-year. It certainly appears we will see more new home sales revisions in the months ahead. If homebuilders actually did put more inventory on [...]

Texas Housing Market Meets The Fed’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Economy

The latest issue of Tierra Grande is out, and it contains more examples of the Federal Reserve's fingerprints on the Texas housing market. This new batch of evidence is contained in an article titled 'Game of Homes - The Supply-Demand Struggle'. What is thoroughly entertaining is that the two Dallas Fed employees (both recent college graduates apparently) working on this latest missive appear to completely ignore their employer's responsibility for the distortions in the Texas housing market while making a complete mockery of the economics profession. Collaborating with a PhD from TAMU, they lay out [...]

By |2016-11-20T13:26:48+00:00October 23rd, 2016|Economy, In the Press, Politics, Real Estate, Spin Cycle|0 Comments
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