View From the Hill: It’s All Fun and Games Until…

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Going into the weekend the equity markets are delivering mixed results. Outside of Bonds, Utilities, and Real Estate, the Fed announcement on monetary policy and unwinding its balance sheet had very little effect from a weekly perspective. Today, it appears Geopolitics has re-emerged as a toxic cloud over the broad markets ¬†as tensions between North […]

Residential Real Estate (Dec-16-2015): Mortgage Applications and Housing Starts

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Mortgage Applications The latest MBA (Mortgage Bankers Association) report for the week of December-11-2015 showed the composite index contracting wk/wk @ -1.1% vs. prior @ 1.2%. The purchase index declined wk/wk @ -3.0% vs. prior @ 0.04%. The weekly change on the refinance index increased @ 1.0% vs. prior @ 4.0%. US Housing Starts During […]

July-2014 Housing Starts Deliver Positive Surprise and Underscore Multi-Family Unit Growth

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Housing Starts for July-2014 were released today and delivered a positive surprise to the market with actual starts @ 1.093mm vs. consensus forecasts @ 0.963mm and prior month @ 0.945mm. Housing is clearly making a comeback as the number of permit applications jumped almost 80k to 1.052mm and the reality begins to bite real estate […]

Affordable Housing Index And Growing Employment Opportunties May Support Home Building Stocks

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Today’s release of the June-2014 Housing Affordability Index shows that the underlying improvement of the residential real estate market is still sustainable, barring any severe contraction in median incomes and employment or a sharp increase in mortgage interest rates. With an affordability score @153.4, families earning at least the median income have 153% of the […]