In October, American consumers became more concerned about their prospects for employment, incomes and the economy. As a result, consumer confidence suddenly pulled back in October.
The latest Mortgage Banker Association’s (MBA) Forbearance and Call Survey reports that the total number of loans now in forbearance decreased by 2 basis points from 5.92% of servicers’ portfolio volume in the prior week to 5.90%, as of October 18, 2020.
While still working with and waiting on Ottawa and Queen’s Park to put together a $40 million package for track maintenance and safety upgrades to the 288-kilometer line, which would avert a system wide shutdown, the Huron Central Railway has issued a notice to all 43 employees that their positions will be terminated at the end of December should the railway cease operation.
According to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index, covering all nine U.S. census divisions, increasing demand and limited availability caused home prices to increase at a reported 5.7% annual gain in August, up from 4.8% in the previous month.
The wildfires in Oregon continue to smolder and some are still burning.
Holmen AB, the Stockholm Sweden based company, is investing SEK 70 million ($ 8 million) in a new drying plant which will increase its drying capacity at their Iggesund Sawmill from 400,000 to 500,000 m3.
According to the latest National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) Housing Trends Report (HTR), 28% of prospective buyers in the third quarter of 2020 expected their search for a new or existing home would be easier in the months ahead.
The U.S. Census Bureau reported that the sales of new single-family houses in September 2020 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 959,000.
The share of Americans who are considering the purchase of a new home in the next 12-months increased.
The impacts of COVID-19 on softwood lumber production have been modest.