New single-family homes recorded a sharp uptick in January, running at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 543,000, following reports of homebuilder sentiment that show strength in the market for new homes.
Mortgages processed through the U.S. Department of Agriculture came to a halt when the government shut down last week. The closing thwarted the processing of new USDA loans, creating another potential drag on the housing market.
Here's a troubling anecdote for you, via the Wall Street Journal:
When Erick Moore first read about the USDA's Rural Development Guaranteed Loan program, he says he imagined it would be "restricted to some little farmhouse." Instead, the 33-year-old computer programmer moved last month into a four-bedroom, three-bath home in Fuquay-Varina, N.C., 17 miles outside Raleigh. The house sits on nearly one acre and features a brick facade, 10-foot ceilings and hardwood floors.
The Federal Home Loan Banks' Mortgage Partnership Finance Program announced a new partnership with the USDA Rural Development program on Tuesday.
Under this new arrangement, approved Home Loan Banks participating in the MPF Program can now purchase RHS Section 502 government-guaranteed loans from qualified members, including commercial banks, thrifts, credit unions, and insurance companies.
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