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Housing Industry Poised to Lead U.S. Economic Rebound, Post COVID-19 Pandemic

Housing Industry Poised to Lead U.S. Economic Rebound, Post COVID-19 Pandemic

According to a new study from the National Association of Home Builders, the U.S. housing industry stands poised to lead the economic rebound once social distancing and other virus mitigation efforts show success in containing the coronavirus pandemic. Read More »


Affordable East Coast, Midwest Housing Markets Have Lowest Economic Risk from COVID-19 Recession

Affordable East Coast, Midwest Housing Markets Have Lowest Economic Risk from COVID-19 Recession

Affordable East Coast and Midwest cities have the lowest overall economic risk in the 2020 recession that began in March 2020. Read More »

COVID-19 Outbreak Now Impacting U.S. Mortgage Industry

COVID-19 Outbreak Now Impacting U.S. Mortgage Industry

According to new data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 27, 2020, U.S. mortgage applications increased 15.3 percent from one week earlier. Read More »

Fast Rising Unemployment in U.S. Greatly Increases Housing Rent Burden

Fast Rising Unemployment in U.S. Greatly Increases Housing Rent Burden

Zillow research is now reporting that American renters who work in food and retail industries can find themselves spending 40% of their annual income on housing costs if they are unable to work for two months Read More »


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Brand New Residences Bring Modern Luxury Living to Paradise Island Bahamas

Brand New Residences Bring Modern Luxury Living to Paradise Island Bahamas

In the heart of breathtaking Paradise Island adjacent to Nassau, Bahamas, a very rare residential opportunity will soon be available. Opportunities like this are extremely limited on this 685 acre island paradise. Read More »

Last Updated April 3, 2020 9:00 AM ET

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The median U.S. home price in the first quarter of 2020 was unaffordable for average wage earners in 319 of 483, or 66 percent of the U.S. counties analyzed in the report.

It has been a wild ride for mortgage rates over the past month, which touched record lows then rebounded just as fast.

Given growing U.S. housing market uncertainty caused by the recent Coronavirus outbreak, Zillow Group announced this week it will pause home buying in all 24 U.S. markets where Zillow Offers currently operates in response to local public health orders related to COVID-19.

Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 4.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 765,000 units in February 2020, coming off a sharp upward revision in January 2020.

RENTCafe.com is reporting this week that the number of sessions decreased by approximately 25% in the week of March 11-17, 2020

According to the National Association of Realtors, U.S. existing-home sales climbed substantially in February 2020 after a slight decline in January.

The average annual gross rental yield (annualized gross rent income divided by median purchase price of single-family homes) among the 389 counties is 8.4 percent for 2020

As of the date of publishing this story, there have been over 115,000 confirmed Coronavirus cases around the world in 110 countries that are now reporting over 4,000 deaths.

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's latest Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending February 28, 2020, mortgage applications increased 15.1 percent from one week earlier.

According to the latest quarterly National Association of Home Builders' Home Building Geography Index, nearly two-thirds of multifamily construction in the fourth quarter of 2019 occurred in "blue counties" where Hillary Clinton garnered the most votes in the 2016 election.

According to Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.45 percent in late February 2019.

Over 1.52 million U.S. single-family homes and condos in the United States are vacant, representing 1.5 percent of all homes.

U.S. builder confidence in the market for new multifamily housing remained unchanged in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Strong demand from both domestic and foreign investors, combined with moderate economic growth, is expected to keep capitalization rates for U.S. commercial real estate assets broadly stable in 2020.

According to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, U.S. builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes edged one point lower to 74 in February 2020.

Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey is reporting this week that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage in the U.S. was the lowest in three years. As rates fell for the third consecutive week, markets staged a rebound with increases in manufacturing and service sector activity.

Mortgage applications increased 5.0 percent from one week earlier. The previous week's results included an adjustment for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

The National Association of Home Builders' latest 55+ Housing Market Index is reporting this week that U.S. builder confidence in the single-family 55+ housing market dropped four points to 68 in the fourth quarter of 2019.


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