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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...

Big Changes with a New Administration and a New Congress?

Getting to 60 may be the Core Question

Stuart Pratt    |    Housing Policy, Videos

Stuart Pratt December Video

Blog originally published on November 30. Updated with a companion video on December 15.


 

The incoming Trump Administration and Republican-controlled Congress have important housing policy questions to consider. And to paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld, what we have so early after the election is a case of the known knowns and known...

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. Housing Policy Outlook: November 2016

National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization - It’s Harder than it Looks

Stuart Pratt    |    Housing Policy, Videos

Stuart Pratt Housing Policy Nov 2016


 

Tip O’Neill, the long-time Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, famously said that “all politics is local.” He was right. Maybe this is why every month, FEMA notifies members of Congress when constituents in their districts or states will be affected by their flood mapping updates.

FEMA also runs the National Flood...

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