The HW 30 fell 1.18% Wednesday after the housing market felt the impact of new developments — some of them positive, others negative, depending on each investor’s interpretation of the news.
A day after Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., was confirmed as the next leader of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, mortgage-related stocks tanked across the board.
But the big story is Trulia (TRLA) — an online real estate marketplace — that watched its stock plummet 10.53% Wednesday.
The major development of the day was Trulia's release of its Trulia Housing Barometer, which showed three of the economic indicators used to gauge the strength of the housing market in positive territory while two others lingered behind.
Perhaps it’s those weak areas that prompted investor reluctance about the state of future home sales.
The report shows construction starts and young-adult employment lingering closer to recession levels even though non-distressed home sales and prices are retrenching to normal levels and delinquencies and foreclosures continue to drop.
With young adults a key portion of the first-time homebuyer market, lackluster employment among the millennial set remains a key challenge for the industry.
Real estate website Zillow (Z) also declined 3.23% in Wednesday trading.