The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced today (1/19/21) that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are once again extending moratoriums on single-family foreclosures and real estate owned evictions through the February 28th, 2021.
The Annual Resident Population of the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of July 1st, 2020 was an estimated 329.5 million. A year-over-year increase of 1.2 million, giving the U.S., on a national level, a growth rate of 0.35%.
Redfin, the Seattle-based technology-powered real estate brokerage firm is reporting that the traditional year-end slowdown in homebuying did not occur in December 2020. In fact, not only did buying and selling continue, but according to Redfin, 49.7% of the home offers written by its agents involved a bidding war between prospective buyers.
According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) in December the trend in Canadian housing starts was at 239,052 units, up from 236,334 units in November. The trend measure is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted rates (SAAR) of housing starts.
Further analysis, provided by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), of the December 2020, Producer Price Index (PPI), recently released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, reveals that prices paid for goods used in residential construction in December, less energy costs, rose 0.7% and ended 2020, 5.4% above their December 2019 level.
The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) is reporting that home sales in Canada jumped 7.2% in December from November. Setting a new record amid surging demand in the Greater Toronto and Vancouver areas. CREA noted that actual sales, not seasonally adjusted, rose 47.2% year-over-year.
Redfin, the Seattle-based technology-powered real estate brokerage reported today (1/15/21) that new listing of homes for sale were down -3% from a year earlier, the first decline since July of 2020. This as pending home sales increased by 35% during the same period
According to the latest (1/15/21) University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment Survey U.S. consumer sentiment declined in early January to a reading of 79.2 down from December’s final reading of 80.7.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is reporting (1/15/21), that the Producer Price Index (PPI) for final demand increased 0.3% in December, seasonally adjusted. This increase followed a 0.1% increase in November and a 0.3% in increase in November.
Freddie Mac has released its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) for the week ending 14th January 2021. The PMMS reports that 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.79% with an average 0.7 point, up from last week when it averaged 2.65%.