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On the most recent National Association of Realtors’ Existing Home Sales report, which measures contracts that were signed for existing homes purchased in a given month, increased by 3.6% in the month of December and by 10.8% from a year ago!  The sales pace is their best level since 2018.  The median average home price increased by 7.8% for December, which was reported at $274,500.  First time home buyers accounted for 31% of the purchases.  This is a very strong report as is, but it’s even more impressive because housing inventories are at their lowest levels on record. 

Housing Starts, which measure the beginning of new construction for a house, increased by 16.9% in December, representing a thirteen-year high.   Year over year housing starts are up over 40.8% for December.  When looking deeper into the report, we see that single-family home starts increased by 11.2% in December, which represents the highest gain in starts since 2007.   Multifamily home starts were up 32% in December and up by 74.6% for the year term.

These two reports give us some very encouraging signs that the housing market is continuing to be very stable and healthy.   

 

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30 Second Update:  Homebuyer Demand Hits Highest Level Since 2009!

 

The mortgage industry is officially off to a record start in 2020.  According the Mortgage Bankers Association’s seasonally-adjusted index, mortgage application volume surged 30.2% last week from the previous week.  Refinance applications led the way, jumping a staggering 43% for the week, and 109% higher than one year ago!  Purchase application volume posted strong numbers as well, rising 16% for the week and 8% from a year ago, while representing the highest level since October of 2009!

These strong application numbers represent continued strength for the housing market and is reflective of new borrowers and current homeowners who are reaping the rewards of the low interest rate environment that we are currently in.  Overall, this is a very welcome sign to the beginning of 2020, and all signs indicate that it will continue into the spring market.

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Home Appreciation Continues

When looking at the housing market, a great report to track is the CoreLogic Home Price Index.  This index currently shows that homes increased in price by 0.5% in the month of November and by 3.7% from November ‘18 to November ‘19.  Some of the hottest appreciation increases for the year were seen in Maine and West Virginia.  CoreLogic also offers a new metric where they forecast homes appreciating. For this report, they are seeing a gain in price of 5.3% over the next year.  Doing the math, at 5% appreciation, a $300,000 home will be worth $315,000 next year.  That is a gain of $15,000 in value!

Also, a study done by CoreLogic and RTi Research shows that millennials aged 30-38 are strongly considering “moving” in the next twelve months, and 64% plan on purchasing a home.  When looking at younger millennials (ages 21-29), less than half of them are planning on buying their next home. 

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30-second update:  Increased Loan Limits in Effect!

 

As of January 1, 2020, the new and increased loan limits for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and FHA are now in place.  Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loan limits are dictated by the Federal Housing Finance Agency which increased the 2020 loan limits due to the fact that home prices were up nearly 5% over last year’s totals.  Both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac increased their national conforming loan limit to $510,400, up from $484,350 in 2019.  In addition, there are some markets where home prices are more expensive, that have higher loan limits.  In those areas, the 2020 maximum loan amount was increased to $765,600, up from $726,525 in 2019.

The FHA loan limit also saw an increase.  The new loan limit for most of the country is now $331,760, up from $314,827 in 2019.  In addition, FHA has also increased their 2020 limits for high cost counties.  There are approximately 70 high costs counties where the median home price far exceeds the typical FHA loan.  In these areas, the 2020 loan limit is $765,600, up from $726,525 in 2019.

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Economic Reports Breakdown Housing Health

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released their mortgage application data for the week of December 16th.  This data showed a slight slowing of mortgage applications by about 5.3% from the prior week, but this was not a shock since given the holiday season.  Even though overall applications slightly slowed down for the week, purchase applications for the year are up by about 5% and refinances for the year are also up by a solid 128%.  According to the MBA, interest rates are still about 1% lower than where they were this time last year. 

Speaking of mortgage application activity, New Home Sales, which measures sales of single-family houses, increased in the month of November by 1.3%.  Year over year this report showed that contracts for new homes increased by a whopping 17% since November of 2018!  The median sales price for the month of November was $323,000.

As seen in these two reports, the housing market is still attractive and homes are still being sought out.  Lower rates, lower inventories and high levels of demand are keeping the housing market healthy and moving forward into the new year.

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