Morning Report: New home activity up 33%

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Stocks are lower this morning as the markets continue to digest the Saudi oil situation. Bonds and MBS are up.

 

The FOMC begins its two day meeting today. The Fed funds futures further discounted the chance of a rate cut announcement tomorrow to 63% from 73% a day earlier.

 

Industrial Production rose 0.6% in August, and manufacturing production rose 0.5%. Both estimates were well in excess of street expectations. Capacity utilization rose to 77.9%. Pretty healthy numbers, and certainly don’t demonstrate that trade wars are killing the manufacturing economy.

 

New home purchase activity was up 33% on a YOY basis in August. “New home purchase activity was robust in August, as both mortgage applications and estimated home sales increased from a year ago,” said Joel Kan, MBA Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry Forecasting. “Recent increases in new residential housing permits and housing starts, lower mortgage rates, and a still-strong job market all bode well for the new home sales outlook.” This is a bullish sign for the economy, as we have underbuilt for years. New Home Sales has been in the 600k – 700k range recently, which is at levels last seen in the mid 90s.

 

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That said, the population has grown, so mid-90s levels doesn’t really support the demand out there. Adjusting for population, the historical average would equate to about 900k new homes sold, or about 30% higher than here.

 

FHFA Director Mark Calabria was interviewed on Bloomberg TV on the GSEs. It looks like they will hit the market to raise capital by the end of 2020. The first order of business is to end the net worth sweep, which will allow them to build capital. FHFA and Treasury haven’t settled on a number for the capital increase yet. Fannie Mae stock was up a touch on the interview.

4 Responses

  1. I am surprised by the sharp rise YOY of new home sales. Brent, do you have a quick take on factors? Price? Interest rates? Corresponding drop in older home sales?

    The population pressure did not increase that much in a year so that doesn’t really explain it, unless it is a pent-up demand situation like 1946. That does not seem likely, either.

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  2. Nova, how does this change the landscape? I mean, transparent pricing has got to be a humungous selling point.

    https://corporate.walmart.com/newsroom/2019/09/13/in-dallas-georgia-walmart-unveils-enhanced-store-experience-and-first-ever-walmart-health-center

    It might also explain why they support gun control. They are now going to be subject to so much more regulation they have to play ball with the left.

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  3. Kos kidz not happy with Nadler’s performance today.

    https://m.dailykos.com/stories/1886043

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