The likelihood of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike in 2015 just got even more unlikely, with September job creation cratering to a weak 142,000, well below analyst expectations. Here's what it means for housing and what it portends for the larger economy.
Employers stomped on the brakes in March, adding a mere 126,000 jobs and dragging the monthly average for the first quarter down to less than 200,000 per month. Think the Fed will hike rates if the downtrend continues?
One media report quoted DeMarco as saying that in the past year we have seen a renewed policy focus on questions regarding access to credit, which, in his view can risk repeating the approach that contributed to the financial crisis. There are many other warning signs, as well.
Is there a housing bubble forming? Where are home prices heading? What about starts? What are the growth prospects for non-agency? Housing experts at ABS Vegas offered their answers, and now you can read them.
The small uptick this past month may be another positive sign that a strengthening economy is bringing discouraged workers back into the workforce, but workforce participation does remain below the 2010-2014 average. Here are the details.
Saddled with legacy systems and burdened with changing regulations, the mortgage industry has been slow to adopt digitization compared to many other industries. Now, however, the industry must provide more transparency to regulators and satisfy consumers while managing tighter margins. In this perfect storm, there’s only one lifeboat — a digital process.
Has the Great Recession launched a new era of renting versus buying that will eventually result in a nation where more people rent their homes than purchase them? Or is the increase in renters these days due to an “over-correction” in the market? According to the latest “State of the Nation’s Housing” report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, the U.S., in less than a decade, lost all its homeownership gains of the last 20 years.
Armed with an overall measure of housing market performance relative to long-term trend; an accompanying metric explaining whether that market is overheated or not; and importantly a way to attribute deviations in home prices precisely to selected market variables, market participants would be in a better position to take precautionary actions to limit their exposure in highly volatile markets.