Last Friday's U.S. jobs report drew quick reaction from the real estate industry. The National Association of Realtors Chief Economist Lawrence Yun made the following comments on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' February 2017 jobs report:
"The boosts to business and consumer confidence over the past few months is evidently leading to faster hiring. The 235,000 net new job additions in February and 2.3 million over the past year will support home buying even in the face of higher mortgage rates."
Yun continued, "Moreover, the construction job gains of 58,000 is the best monthly showing in over a decade and implies less bottle-necking to homebuilding in upcoming months. One weakness in the report is in the hours worked each week by an average worker, which remained stuck at 34.4 hours. I would like to see this figure rise a bit to assure a clearer sign of future wage growth."
International property consultant CBRE is reporting this week that global commercial real estate investment volume in Q4 of 2019, including entity-level deals, was nearly level (-0.5%) with Q4 2018, while full-year volume fell by 2% from 2018.
According to new research by Zillow, the total value of every home in the U.S. is $33.6 trillion, nearly as much as the GDP of the two largest global economies combined -- the U.S. ($20.5 trillion) and China ($13.6 trillion).
Based on research from Learnbonds.com indicates that U.S. mortgage debt is now the highest since the Great Depression in 2008. The outstanding US mortgage debt which has been growing steadily in recent years hit a record high of $15.8 trillion in Q3 2019.