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Economic Perspectives

A Review of Housing Statistics at the End of 2019

Authored by Brian Jones, FHLBNY Financial Economist


Highlights

December 11, 2019

  • Lower mortgage rates boosting home-purchase contract signings, closings will soon follow
  • Pickup in pending home sales in FHLBNY district since midyear hints at acceleration in local purchases
  • Declining mortgage rates have enhanced housing affordability across the nation
  • Higher prices continue to weigh on local affordability gauges
  • Stock of available dwellings remains near expansion low; home-building expansion subpar
  • Inventory problem particularly acute in FHLBNY area, with available homes below year-ago levels
  • Home-price performance has varied widely across the FHLBNY district
  • Home prices continue to move higher, although the pace of growth has slowed
  • Home-builder sentiment near pre-crisis highs, yet single-family permits have lagged far behind
  • Mortgage performance improving nationally and across most of the FHLBNY district

Interest rates on adjustable- and fixed-rate mortgage loans have fallen by over a percentage point from the highs set last November….

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