|US dollar index||88.0||0.0|
|10 Year Govt Bond Yield||1.76%|
|Current Coupon Fannie Mae TBA||103.3|
|Current Coupon Ginnie Mae TBA||104.2|
|30 Year Fixed Rate Mortgage||3.57|
Stocks are up this morning as earnings reports continue to pile in. Bonds and MBS are flat.
Mortgage Applications rose 0.6% last week as purchases rose 3% and refis fell 1%.
Housing starts fell to a 1.05 million pace in September, driven by a big drop in multi-fam. Single fam was up around 8%. Building Permits rose to 1.23 million. Housing continues to be the biggest underperformer in the economy, but the subject hasn’t really come up in this election, for either side.
We have some Fed-speak today, with John Williams speaking at 8:45, Rob Kaplan at 1:30 and William Dudley tonight.
The final debate is tonight, and it looks like Hillary is pulling away from Trump at this point. The black swan event for the markets is a Democratic Party sweep, which will probably cause the stock market to spit up a hairball.
Lending standards in the jumbo space are loosening, even as the luxury end of the housing market underperforms. Loan Depot is now offering 40 year jumbo products that are interest-only for the first 10 years. Redwood is now offering a 90 LTV product that goes down to a 660 FICO.
The NAR is releasing its latest Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. Here are the big changes over the past 35 years.
- The first time homebuyer is a smaller percentage than it has been in the past.
- The internet is not replacing the real estate agent
- Houses have been getting bigger of the past 30 years, but have leveled out in recent years
- Down payments have been going down
- The home search process is taking longer than ever due to tight inventory
Zillow has their own report on trends in housing. Here is the executive summary (the report is very long and detailed):
“The home buying experience is both an intimidating financial transaction and an emotional milestone. Half of home buyers in the U.S. are under 36, meaning a new generation— Millennials—is shaping the future of real estate. Despite demographic reports about young adults’ urban lifestyles, Millennials share their parents’ aspirations for a single-family home, often in the suburbs.
The process of finding or selling a home is much more collaborative for Millennials than for older generations. They bring all available tools to the process, including their smartphones, social media and online networks. While older generations rely on real estate agents for information and expertise, Millennials expect real estate agents to become trusted advisers and strategic partners.
Millennial home buyers are also diverse. While only 9 percent of all homeowners are Hispanic, nearly 15 percent of the Millennials buying homes are Hispanic—reflecting the changing demographics of the American middle class.
Homeownership remains a vehicle for wealth in the U.S., but it can also be a financial burden, as families stretch their finances to afford the space they need, and large, dated homes owned by Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation demand maintenance and improvements.”