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  • America's housing starts spike to 12-year high in August

    Housing starts spike 12.3% in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.364 million
    Housing starts spiked 12.3% in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.364 million and the pace for July was revised downward, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Commerce. Joel Kan, the Mortgage Bankers Association Vice President of Economic and Industry Forecasting, said low mortgage rates coupled with the strong job market convinced homebuilders to ramp up production in August.
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  • Experts: New housing construction shortage expected to last until 2022

    New home starts have yet to hit historical highs
    The rate at which new housing in being built in this country has not recovered since the housing crisis, and it looks like that trend may be sticking around for a while. New housing start rates are expected to remain below historical averages through 2022, or later, according to new research from Zillow.
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  • Fannie Mae lowers existing home forecast, says sales will decline this year

    Mortgage giant blames limited supply as builders stay on the sidelines
    Fannie Mae lowered its housing forecast on Friday, saying existing home sales will decrease this year compared with 2018. It was the first time the mortgage giant projected a 2019 decline. The projection comes at a time when mortgage rates are near three-year lows and housing optimism is at an all-time high. But, there’s something that trumps low rates and elevated optimism, the mortgage giant said: Supply shortage.
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  • Housing starts fall for third consecutive month

    July housing starts fall 4%, led by a 17% plunge in multifamily
    Housing starts fell 4% in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.191 million, led by a 17% plunge in multifamily starts, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Commerce. TIAA Bank Executive Vice President John Pataky said the number missed expectations for the third month in a row, extending what has been a disappointing run for the housing market.
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  • U.S. housing market is "anemic" and "lackluster," says NY Fed

    Economic data indicates "implied path" of Fed rate is downward, economists say
    The Federal Reserve Bank of New York describes U.S. home sales as “soft” and “anemic” in a Monday report. Fed economists pointed to June’s existing home sales level, which was 1.7% below a year ago, as part of the reason for their conclusion: “Home sales remain lackluster.”
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  • Housing starts fall to slowest pace since 2017 led by flood-ravaged Midwest

    Single-family starts decline while multifamily unchanged
    Housing starts in March fell to the slowest pace in almost two years, according to a report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Commerce. The decline was led by single-family starts while multifamily starts, a category including condominiums and apartments that tends to be more volatile, remained unchanged from the prior month.
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  • Housing market cools down as home building takes a dive

    Single-family construction down 17% from previous month
    Housing starts fell 8.7% in the month of February, according to the latest report from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Dept. of Commerce. The one bright spot seems to be an increase in multifamily permits, where the overwhelming majority of which will feed the rental market.
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  • Housing starts heat up in January, climb whopping 18.6%

    Housing starts increase to 1.23 million in January
    Housing starts significantly heated up in January, according to the latest report from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Dept. of Commerce. First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming said the 18.6% monthly increase in housing starts reflects rising consumer sentiment and builder confidence.
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  • Housing starts tumble in December

    Fall 11.2% but post yearly gain
    Housing starts for the month of December took a tumble, according to the latest report from the HUD and the Dept. of Commerce. Starts fell 11.2% in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.08 million units, according to the report, which was delayed due to the more than month-long partial government shutdown.
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  • Experts: Housing starts signal trouble ahead

    Inventory and affordability concerns create supply and demand stalemate
    In October, growth in housing starts was propelled by development in the multifamily sector, but some experts are warning that there could be trouble ahead for the housing market. In fact, several believe that affordability and inventory concerns are contributing to a turn in the market, negatively impacting homebuilder confidence.
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