The U.S. Commerce Department \ Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is reporting that personal income in June decreased by $222.8 billion or -1.1%.
Additional positive news coming from the housing industry this week, combined with continuing near record low mortgage rates, and an increase in the number of buyers who are actively pursuing the purchase of a new or existing home, provided dealers responding to our Weekly Orders Survey more reasons to remain optimistic about their near-term business activity.
A deeper look into the latest National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Housing Trend Report (HTR) reveals that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, near record low mortgage rates have approximately 11% of adult Americans not only considering a future home purchase within the next year, but a majority of them are seriously and actively searching.
The U.S. Department of Labor is reporting that an additional 1.434 million Americans made their initial filing for unemployment benefits during the week ending on Saturday, July 25th.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is reporting that in their 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) builder confidence in the single-family 55+ housing market jumped 27 points to a reading of 65 in the second quarter of 2020.
The Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is reporting that Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which is the widest measure of goods and services produced in the U.S., fell -9.5% in the second quarter of 2020.
Freddie Mac has released its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) for the week ending July 30th, 2020. The PMMS shows that 30-year fixed-mortgage averaged 2.99% with an average 0.8 point, down slightly from last week when it averaged 3.01%.
On Tuesday, July 28th, 2020, Weyerhaeuser Company announced the launching of a new sustainability strategy that draws out the companies aspiring commitments and goals for the next decade and beyond. The strategy is building on a solid foundation in environmental stewardship, social responsibility and strong governance.
The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Forbearance and Call Volume Survey for the week ending July 19th, is reporting that the total number of loans in forbearance declined by 6 basis points from 7.80% of servicers’ portfolio volume in the prior week to 7.74%.
The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) is reporting that their Pending Homes Sales Index (PHSI) for June increased 16.6%, to a reading of 116.1. Year-over-year, contract signings rose 6.3%.