Based on a recently released statement from the National Association of Home Builders' Chairman Greg Ugalde on Trade Developments with Mexico and Canada, U.S. home builders nationwide approve of President Trump's decision to remove tariffs on certain building materials imported into the U.S. from Canada and Mexico.
NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde commented, "NAHB commends President Trump for removing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and Mexico. This will provide momentum for Congress to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which holds the potential to lift the housing economy."
"Now that the White House has achieved substantial progress in advancing the USMCA, we urge the administration to focus its efforts on resolving the softwood lumber trade dispute with Canada. Tariffs averaging more than 20 percent on Canadian softwood lumber shipments into the U.S. are exacerbating price volatility and needlessly driving up housing costs. A prompt resolution to this ongoing trade conflict with our neighbor to the north will help to ease ongoing housing affordability concerns," concluded Ugalde.
U.S. pending home sales declined in April 2019, a modest change from the growth seen a month before. Only one of the four major regions - the Midwest - experienced growth, while the remaining three regions reported a drop in their respective contract activity.
According to the National Association of Realtors, existing-home sales in the U.S. retreated in March 2019, following February's surge of sales. Each of the four major U.S. regions saw a drop-off in sales, with the Midwest enduring the largest decline last month.
The Mortgage Bankers Association is reporting in its Annual Mortgage Bankers Performance Report that Independent mortgage banks and mortgage subsidiaries of chartered U.S. banks made an average profit of $367 on each loan they originated in 2018, down from $711 per loan in 2017.
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