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Homeownership Rate in 2016 Was Lowest in 50 Years

63.4% Homeownership Rate in 2016 Was Lowest Since 1966

Frank Nothaft    |    Videos

Dr. Nothaft February Video


 

The erosion of homeownership has been one legacy of the housing boom-and-bust of the last decade. The homeownership rate peaked at 69 percent in 2004, inflated by relatively easy mortgage credit primarily provided by subprime and low/no-doc loan products. The drop in homeownership continued through 2016, with the homeowner rate just a tad above 63 percent,...

New-Home Sales Up for Fifth Straight Year

New Construction Sales Up More Than 50% Since 2011

Frank Nothaft    |    Housing Trends, Videos

Nothaft January 2017 video blog


 

Low mortgage rates, job growth, and an improving consumer optimism have all supported the recovery in home sales during the last few years. Both sales of newly built as well as previously owned homes are up, with the growth stronger for new homes. Since the trough in new-home sales in 2011, sales had jumped more than 50 percent by 2016 (Figure...

U.S. Economic Outlook: December 2016

Peering into 2017: The Outlook for U.S. Housing and Mortgage Markets - Home Prices Projected Up 5%, Rent Up 3%, and Purchase and HELOC Originations Up

Frank Nothaft    |    Videos

Frank Nothaft Video Blog


 

Economic growth will be a primary factor affecting the housing market in 2017. The latest projections show a consensus that the economy will grow between 2 and 2¼ percent next year.[1] With this as a backdrop, here are five features to look for in next year’s housing...

U.S. Economic Outlook: November 2016

Multifamily Lending: Large Projects Dominate Credit Flows - This Year Through July, 1.1 Million Apartments Financed by $100 Billion in New Loans

Frank Nothaft    |    Videos

Dr. Nothaft Nov Economic Outlook


 

Multifamily mortgage lending appears to be on course in 2016 to edge out last year’s record volume of lending, with originations totaling near $200 billion. This total will be comprised of many low-balance loans on small buildings joined with a relatively few high-balance loans on very large transactions. Overall, the bulk of 2016’s lending...

U.S. Economic Outlook: October 2016

Home-Equity Wealth Makes a Comeback - Homeowners Had, on Average, $11,000 Gain in Home-Equity Wealth Last Year

Frank Nothaft    |    Videos

Frank Nothaft Video Blog


 

Home prices have risen significantly throughout the nation since the 2011 trough in the housing cycle. The CoreLogic Home Price Index has recorded a 40 percent rise in the national index since the trough, with some areas up more sharply and other markets showing a more subdued bounce back.

One outcome of the broad geographic recovery in home values...

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