Current Market Data

Forbearance rate drops to 4.5%
Forbearance rate drops to 4.5%

As the economy slowly recovers from the early days of the pandemic, the share of loans in forbearance dropped for the seventh consecutive week, signifying a 40-basis-point decrease in the last two weeks.

New home construction surges in March, suggesting relief for homebuyers
New home construction surges in March, suggesting relief for homebuyers

Privately owned housing starts jumped 19.4% from February’s revised estimate to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,739,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development

Homeownership remains affordable despite price increases
Homeownership remains affordable despite price increases

Rising wages and falling mortgage rates are helping keep homeownership within reach of average wage earners nationwide despite surges in housing prices.

Home prices hit 15-year high nationwide
Home prices hit 15-year high nationwide

Nationally, home prices increased by an average of 10.4% over the previous year, representing the largest year-over-year gain since April 2006.

Pending home sales dip in February
Pending home sales dip in February

“The demand for a home purchase is widespread, multiple offers are prevalent, and days-on-market are swift, but contracts are not clicking due to record-low inventory.” — NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun

New home sales slide nationwide
New home sales slide nationwide

Much of the year-over-year increase in home sales was supported by continued robust activity in the Southeast, which saw a 20.2% rise to an annual rate of 458,000 transactions.

Millennials dominate homebuyer market as Gen Z enters
Millennials dominate homebuyer market as Gen Z enters

Eighty-eight percent of all homebuyers said they used an agent as a source of information during their search, and 91% of millennials age 22 to 30 said the same.

Home ASAP: Three-quarters of brokers saw flat or growing business in 2020
Home ASAP: Three-quarters of brokers saw flat or growing business in 2020

Brokers remain optimistic despite low inventory of homes, the ongoing pandemic and iBuyers.

Homeownership rising for single women, despite pandemic ‘she-session’
Homeownership rising for single women, despite pandemic ‘she-session’

It is not “first comes love, then comes marriage,” but for many women, “first comes homeownership,” according to First American Chief Economist Odeta Kushi.

New residential mortgages hit 14-year high
New residential mortgages hit 14-year high

Lenders issued $1.06 trillion worth of mortgages in the fourth quarter of 2020 with refis contributing to the boost.

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