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November 11, 2019 | Tags: Weekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending November 2, 2019 For Week Ending November 2, 2019 This week the Federal Reserve reduced its benchmark rate for the third time this year. This action was widely anticipated by the market and mortgage rates rose for the third consecutive week. Despite the recent rise, rates still remain approximately one percent lower than a year ago, which has… Read More
November 4, 2019 | Tags: Weekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending October 26, 2019 For Week Ending October 26, 2019 A new Census report this week announced that new construction home sales nationwide decreased slightly to a seasonally adjusted rate of 701,000 units, which is 15.5% higher than a year ago. Also in the announcement was news that the median sales price of new construction homes declined to $299,440… Read More
October 28, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending October 19, 2019 For Week Ending October 19, 2019 While the U.S. Commerce Department reported that total housing starts dropped 9.4% month over month in September, that drop was focused on the apartment and condo segment while single-family housing starts actually rose .3%. Throughout much of the country, the continued low level of housing inventory is constraining sales… Read More
October 21, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending October 12, 2019 For Week Ending October 12, 2019 In the last month, mortgage rates have fallen to their lowest monthly average in more than three years, and now Fannie Mae is predicting that continued low rates, and possibly lower rates, are expected in 2020. These historically low mortgage rates have and will continue to support buyer demand… Read More
October 14, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending October 5, 2019 For Week Ending October 5, 2019 With the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage approximately one percentage point lower than a year ago according to Freddie Mac, buyers are actively taking advantage. Home refinancing is also going strong and overall mortgage demand, which includes purchase mortgages as well as refinancings, is up 50% from a year ago. Lower… Read More
October 7, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending September 28, 2019 For Week Ending September 28, 2019 The Commerce Department reported sales of newly built homes nationwide have surged 18% compared to a year ago and housing starts and building permits reached a 12-year high in August. This surge in both sales and new construction shows strong market confidence by both buyers and builders. However, further… Read More
September 30, 2019 | Tags: Weekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending September 21, 2019 For Week Ending September 21, 2019 This week the National Association of REALTORS® reported that nationally, August existing-home sales rose 2.6% from a year ago. Additionally, the Federal Reserve announced a rate cut for the second time in seven weeks, though this was widely expected and largely factored into mortgage rates already. A strong economy… Read More
September 23, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending September 14, 2019 For Week Ending September 14, 2019 With kids back in school and the weather beginning to cool, the housing market begins its annual cooldown as well. With buyer and seller activity remaining strong, it will be at a little more relaxed pace than during the late spring and summer. While Halloween decorations may be adorning… Read More
September 16, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending September 7, 2019 For Week Ending September 7, 2019 The White House has released a plan to broadly overhaul the housing finance system, including the re-privatization of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and reforms to federal agencies involved with financing substantial portions of the mortgages made every year. These changes will affect the cost and availability of loans… Read More
September 9, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending August 31, 2019 For Week Ending August 31, 2019 Recent mortgage rate declines may provide a small tailwind as we enter the fall housing market, giving buyers a bit more buying power and a little more incentive to lock in a home purchase. However, stock market volatility and concern of a wider economic slowdown in the coming year… Read More
September 3, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending August 24, 2019 For Week Ending August 24, 2019 Lack of affordable inventory has been a key story in real estate in the last few years. There is a growing consensus suggesting the U.S. economy could be entering a recession, and some wonder whether this could lead to an adjustment in housing prices. However, this scenario is unlikely… Read More
August 26, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending August 17, 2019 For Week Ending August 17, 2019 As families across the U.S. enjoy the last few weeks of summer before the start of the school year, it seems that the real estate market is seeing an infusion of new energy that is partially offsetting the expected seasonal slowdown. Further decreases in housing inventory and month's supply… Read More
August 19, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending August 10, 2019 For Week Ending August 10, 2019 As July data roll in, more economists wonder whether we are seeing the signs of an economic slowdown. Yet that would not necessarily imply a slowdown in the housing market. While July's existing home sales fell below analyst expectations, consumer confidence in housing reached new highs as mortgage rates… Read More
August 12, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending August 3, 2019 For Week Ending August 3, 2019 While financial markets are becoming more volatile in recent weeks, national and regional real estate indicators are sending mixed signals. For the first time in seventeen months, July pending sales saw moderate gains over the previous year nationally. At the same time, home prices continue to be at or… Read More
August 5, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending July 27, 2019 For Week Ending July 27, 2019 As we await July results, the June numbers and preliminary July indicators suggest that current trends in most real estate markets are likely to continue. Mid-to-lower priced segments continue to experience imbalances favoring sellers, leading to steady year-over-year increases in price, outpacing inflation in many markets. Although the Fed… Read More
July 29, 2019 | Tags: Weekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending July 20, 2019 For Week Ending July 20, 2019 Residential real estate markets across the nation have been performing quite well at this point in the year in terms of home sales, price and inventory. Although not always true at every price point and home type in every geography, the general rule of thumb in 2019 as we… Read More
July 22, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending July 13, 2019 For Week Ending July 13, 2019 Every year during the week of Independence Day, real estate markets across the country slow down as buyers, sellers and real estate professionals take some time off during the height of summer to spend time with friends and family. This year continued that tradition, except that new listings declined… Read More
July 15, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending July 6, 2019 For Week Ending July 6, 2019 The order of the day is market balance between buyer and seller interests. While true that there may not be as many homes for sale to choose from and that prices are on the high end for the average first-time home buyer, there are considerations for sellers as well.… Read More
July 8, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending June 29, 2019 For Week Ending June 29, 2019 The summer selling season is progressing with plenty of buying and selling activity thus far, thanks to a healthy economy that has consumers willing to spend their hard-earned money on the things they desire, even if it's more expensive than it was a few years ago. This has proven… Read More
July 1, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending June 22, 2019 For Week Ending June 22, 2019 Persistently low mortgage rates and slower price increases have combined with economic growth, low unemployment, wage improvement and consumer confidence to keep home buyers in the market, despite insufficient supply. Builders have not made enough new homes for several years, and, thus, national housing inventory is extremely tight. The… Read More
June 24, 2019 | Tags: Weekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending June 15, 2019 For Week Ending June 15, 2019 As anticipated, the Federal Reserve did not change the target range for the federal funds rate (currently set at 2.25% to 2.5%) during their most recent meeting, but the door was left open for a possible rate reduction in 2019 following a string of increases over the last several… Read More
June 18, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending June 8, 2019 For Week Ending June 8, 2019 In terms of relative balance between buyer and seller interests, residential real estate markets across the country continue to perform well on a stage that includes actors such as heightened consumer confidence, wage increases, low unemployment and an economic expansion that is on the verge of being the longest… Read More
June 10, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending June 1, 2019 For Week Ending June 1, 2019 Despite home prices that seem to be creeping ever upward like unchecked crabgrass, pending sales have been performing well, and new listings are generally keeping up with demand in a manner that is propelling the housing industry forward into weed-free pastures. The Federal Reserve considers 2.0% a healthy inflation… Read More
June 3, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending May 25, 2019 For Week Ending May 25, 2019 The venerable open house is a home-selling marketing tactic that is as old as the business of real estate. Put arrow signs up on busy street corners; buy some balloons; lay out flyers and snacks; welcome the stream of curious lookie-loos that traipse through the home. Many REALTORS® skip… Read More
May 28, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending May 18, 2019 For Week Ending May 18, 2019 There is a stillness in the air during this spring's housing market, and not the foreboding kind that precedes a scary moment in a horror film or a major weather event, but rather a sameness to the springs of the last few years. Prices are still edging upwards and… Read More
May 20, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending May 11, 2019 For Week Ending May 11, 2019 There is no such thing as a national real estate market. When the median sales price of homes for sale in San Francisco ($1.6 million) are compared to the median annual household income in Youngstown, Ohio ($26,295), it is especially evident. National news outlets will report on housing stories… Read More
May 13, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending May 4, 2019 For Week Ending May 4, 2019 The national chatter over the past couple of weeks has been about royal babies, exciting NBA and NHL playoff games, heightened talk of higher tariffs for China, lackluster tech IPOs and, of course, who will sit on the Iron Throne. Mixed in with those conversations have been thousands of… Read More
May 6, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Activity Report For Week Ending April 27, 2019 For Week Ending April 27, 2019 The national unemployment rate dropped to 3.6 percent during April 2019, the lowest level since 1969. A historically low unemployment rate can provide reassurance to wary consumers. But in order for sales to increase on a grand scale, buyers will need more spending power, or sellers will need to… Read More
April 29, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending April 20, 2019 For Week Ending April 20, 2019: Despite one of the latest snowfalls in recent memory in places like North Dakota, Idaho, Colorado, Wisconsin and Illinois, among other Western and Midwestern states, house hunters in these locales and other warmer places do not seem particularly phased by wintry or wet weather. The spring market has sprung,… Read More
April 22, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending April 13, 2019 For Week Ending April 13, 2019 Housing activity is on the upswing after a slow start to the year. Showings, new listings and pending sales are increasing across much of the country, and inventory is straining to keep pace with demand. These pivotal weeks of the spring market are worth watching with extra care, as… Read More
April 15, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending April 6, 2019 For Week Ending April 6, 2019 New listings finally started to perk up across the nation last week, effectively launching residential real estate into the springtime selling season. Much has been said and written about the slow launch of new homes for sale in what was anticipated to be a year of rising inventory. Mother… Read More
April 8, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending March 30, 2019 For Week Ending March 30, 2019 The national unemployment rate held firm at 3.8 percent for the second month in a row, which is good news for an economy that has shown signs of slowing down during the first three months of 2019. Hiring and wage gains have both been below expectations, retail sales dropped… Read More
April 1, 2019 | Tags: Market DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending March 23, 2019 For Week Ending March 23, 2019 As new listings continue to fail to gain traction and inventory struggles to keep pace with the already low figures from last year, one begins to wonder if the U.S. is poised for a real estate slowdown. Some observers are seeing this as an inevitability, as investors price out… Read More
March 25, 2019 | Tags: AnnouncementsMarket DataMarket ResearchWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending March 16, 2019 For Week Ending March 16, 2019 The Federal Reserve recently announced that interest rates will remain steady and that further rate hikes are not planned for 2019. Given that the federal funds rate has increased nine times over the past three years, this is welcome news for consumers carrying high credit card balances. The overall… Read More
March 18, 2019 | Tags: Market DataWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report: For Week Ending March 9, 2019 For Week Ending March 9, 2019 New listings and overall housing inventory are still proceeding slower than last year in many markets across the U.S., and they are mostly trailing activity for last year, which was already rather low. Sales have also been slower than last year at this time in areas with lingering winter… Read More
March 11, 2019 | Tags: Market DataWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report For Week Ending March 2, 2019 For Week Ending March 2, 2019 Sales totals have been mixed across the nation and dependent on what has been a considerably persistent wintry mix in the Great Plains, Midwest and Northeast. While this time of year brings unpleasant weather to all parts of the country, it has less impact on southern and western states.… Read More
March 4, 2019 | Tags: Market DataWeekly Market Activity Reports Weekly Market Activity Report: Week Ending February 23, 2019 For Week Ending February 23, 2019 Two years ago, Millennials (born between 1981 and 1996) passed older generational groups to account for the most new mortgages. Today, Millennials also account for the most total dollar amount of those mortgages. Given the state of ongoing median sales price increases in the majority of the country, this… Read More