Case-Shiller: Home Prices Rise in October

According to Case-Shiller national and 20-city home price indices for October, home prices continued to rise.  National home prices rose 0.70 percent for the three months ending in October. Year-over-year, national home prices increased by 6.20 percent. The 20-City Home Price Index also rose by 0.70 percent in October and reported a year-over-year increase of 6.40 percent. The top three metro areas in the 20-City Index were Seattle, Washington with a year-over-year increase of 6.40 percent; Continue Reading

NAHB: Builder Confidence Outstrips Pre-Bubble Highs

Home builders surveyed by the National Association of Home Builders expressed their highest level of confidence in housing markets since 1999. The index reading for housing market conditions in December hit 74, which exceeded November's reading of 70. Analysts expected a flat reading of 70 for December. Readings over 50 indicate improvement in housing market conditions. The three component readings used to comprise the Housing Market Index also rose in December. Builder confidence in current Continue Reading

Case-Shiller: Home Price Growth Near All-Time High in August

Case-Shiller's National Home Price Index rose to a year-over-year home price increase of 6.10 percent as compared to July's reading of 5.90 percent. The 20-City Home Price Index rose to a year-over-year reading of 5.90 percent over July's reading of 5.80 percent. Home Prices Nearing Their Peak?  Some cities that previously had high home price increases saw lower paces of growth. San Francisco, California, which reported double-digit home price growth rates in recent years, reported -0.10 Continue Reading

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – October 23, 2017

Last week's economic reports included NAHB Housing Market Indexes along with readings on housing starts, building permits and existing home sales. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and new jobless claims were also released. NAHB: Builder Sentiment Jumps in September, Housing Starts and Building Permits Fall The National Association of Home Builders reported a four-point increase in its Home Price Index for October. Builders surveyed reported higher confidence in overall market conditions, which Continue Reading

Home Builder Sentiment Highest in Five Months

Component readings used for calculating Housing Market Index readings also rose in October. Builder sentiment for current market conditions gained five points for a reading of 75. The index reading for builder perception of market conditions in the next six months also rose five points to an October reading of 78. Builder sentiment for home buyer traffic in new home developments rose one point to 48. Buyer traffic readings seldom exceed a Home Builder Index reading of 50. NAHB Chairman Granger Continue Reading