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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

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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

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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...

U.S. Economic Outlook: September 2016

Multifamily Mortgage Lending at All-Time High - 2016 On Track to Set New Dollar-Volume Record

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A comparison of the rental apartment industry with the single-family home sector is like a tale of two cities. The rental market continues to show historic strength while single-family housing activity remains subpar. Rental vacancy rates are at 30-year lows, rents are up, and apartment property values are at new highs. These robust fundamentals, coupled with...

A Walk Down Memory Lane

Thoughts on HPIs and Financial Indexes as The Dow Jones Industrial Average Celebrates Its 120th Birthday

Frank Nothaft    |    Housing Trends

Equity Values Have Exceeded Home-Value Growth

On May 26th, 2016, the granddaddy of all equity indexes—the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA)—turned 120. The 30 blue-chip companies that comprise the DJIA have evolved over time –General Electric is the one that has been in the index the longest, since 1907--and today many are no longer in heavy industry. Nonetheless, the DJIA remains a gauge of equity-market...

U.S. Economic Outlook: August 2016

Americans Are Keeping Their Homes Longer - Home Sellers in 2015 Had Owned Their Homes for 10 years

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Buying a home is an important decision and one that incurs large transaction costs – financing charges, moving expenses, recordation and settlement fees are just some of the costs. Because of these, buyers generally plan to own their home for many years.

Prior to the Great Recession and home-price crash, the typical length of ownership had been fairly...

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