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A few Comments on November New Home Sales

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A few Comments on November New Home Sales

First, this report was for November (it was almost ready to release when the government shutdown began in December). The December report will probably be released soon, but no release date has been announced yet. Based on other data, I’d expect sales to be weak in December, but talking to builders, I expect a...
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How Is The Jersey City Housing Market In 2019 For Investors And Buyers?

How Is The Jersey City Housing Market In 2019 For Investors And Buyers?

Jersey City Real Estate Market Jersey City is the second biggest city in New Jersey. The city is home to almost 300,000 people. Unlike many other “Rust Belt” cities, Jersey City is still growing. Its population grew roughly 9.4% between 2010 and 2017. This is a continuation of the city’s rebound since its 1980...
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Case-Shiller: National House Price Index increased 5.2% year-over-year in November

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Case-Shiller: National House Price Index increased 5.2% year-over-year in November

S&P/Case-Shiller released the monthly Home Price Indices for November (“October” is a 3 month average of September, October and November prices). This release includes prices for 20 individual cities, two composite indices (for 10 cities and 20 cities) and the monthly National index. Note: Case-Shiller reports Not Seasonally Adjusted (NSA), I use the SA...
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Schedule for Week of January 27th

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Schedule for Week of January 27th

Special Note on Government Opening: Now that the Government is open, the data releases that were postponed will be released soon. The BEA and Census will probably provide an updated schedule early next week. Some releases on the weekly schedule below will probably be delayed (like Q4 GDP). The key reports scheduled for this...
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Friday: Durable Goods, New Home Sales (Postponed)

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Friday: Durable Goods, New Home Sales (Postponed)

Probably the four most important data releases for tracking the economy are 1) the monthly employment report, 2) the quarterly GDP report, 3) the monthly housing starts report, and 4) the new home sales report.  Only the employment report is being released on time. The government shutdown is delaying 3 out of 4 of...
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Wednesday: Richmond Fed, Architecture Billings Index

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Wednesday: Richmond Fed, Architecture Billings Index

From Matthew Graham at Mortgage News Daily: Mortgage Rates Dodging Some Risk For Now As it happened, bonds staged a somewhat impressive recovery with help from investor concern about global growth. Oftentimes, a big loss in equities markets can send money running to the bond market where it benefits interest rates. This was the...
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How Is The Columbus Housing Market In 2019 For Investors And Buyers?

How Is The Columbus Housing Market In 2019 For Investors And Buyers?

Introduction To Columbus Ohio Real Estate Market The Columbus Ohio real estate market remains hot for investors and buyers alike in 2019. The real estate statistics in Columbus show us that while the construction is increasing, inventory is still scarce because of demand in those cities. This is causing the price increase of Columbus...
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Phoenix Real Estate in December: Sales down 9% YoY, Active Inventory up 6% YoY

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Phoenix Real Estate in December: Sales down 9% YoY, Active Inventory up 6% YoY

This is a key housing market to follow since Phoenix saw a large bubble / bust followed by strong investor buying. The Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS) reports (“Stats Report”): 1) Overall sales declined to 6,403 from 7,070 in December 2017. Sales were down 1.7% from November, and down 9.4% from December 2017....
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Thursday: Housing Starts (Postponed), Unemployment Claims, Philly Fed Mfg Survey

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Thursday: Housing Starts (Postponed), Unemployment Claims, Philly Fed Mfg Survey

Thursday:• At 8:30 AM, POSTPONED Housing Starts for December. The consensus is for 1.256 million SAAR, unchanged from 1.256 million SAAR. • At 8:30 AM, The initial weekly unemployment claims report will be released. The consensus is for 220 thousand initial claims, up from 216 thousand the previous week. • At 8:30 AM, the...
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Mortgages Rates: 30 Year Fixed at 4.5%

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Mortgages Rates: 30 Year Fixed at 4.5%

From Matthew Graham at Mortgage News Daily: Mortgage Rates Unchanged to Start the Week Mortgage rates held their ground today, keeping them in line with long-term lows achieved over the past 2 weeks. To be fair, it was the previous week that offered the biggest benefits, but last week was no slouch. Factoring out...
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