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Builder Confidence Healthy in July

July 21st, 2018
Builder confidence is healthy, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The Index reading is 68; an above-50 reading indicates more builders have a positive outlook than a negative one. “Consumer demand...

Building Claws Higher in July

August 16th, 2018
Building clawed 0.9 percent higher in July, but still underwhelmed year-over-year, according to the Commerce Department. Combined, housing starts totaled 1.17 million, with 303,000 multifamily (five units or more) starts and 862,000 single-family starts. On an annual basis, starts tumbled...

NAHB: Affordability Hits Lowest in 10 Years

August 18th, 2018
Affordability has hit its lowest in 10 years, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunities Index (HOI) for the second quarter of 2018. Approximately 57 percent of homes sold in the second quarter were affordable...

Regulatory Relief Bill Passes Congress – Is Mortgage Lending Freedom Ahead?

May 23rd, 2018
Change is coming to the mortgage industry in the form of lessened restrictions for many community banks, along with greater consumer protections. The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act—a bill that looks to roll back many Dodd-Frank Wall...

June Is National Homeownership Month

June 5th, 2018
June is National Homeownership Month, and the industry is recognizing the importance of homeownership as a milestone of the American Dream. This year’s theme, set by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is “Find Your Place.” HUD is...

Elevated Lumber Prices Lead to Builder-Confidence Slip

June 18th, 2018
Builder confidence dropped down two points to 68 in June, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). Experts say elevated lumber prices are to blame; however, the overall sentiment is still strong,...

Housing Starts Spike to 11-Year High, Permits Stumble

June 19th, 2018
Following a dip last month, housing starts rebounded in May, up 5 percent to 1.35 million from the revised April estimate of 1.286 million, according to recent data released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the...

Builder Confidence Going Strong

January 18th, 2018
Home builder confidence in the new, single-family construction market is going strong, despite dialing back in the latest National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The Index reading for January was 72, just two points under...

IRS Clarifies Home Equity Loan Tax Deductions Under New Law

February 25th, 2018
This year’s tax season is bringing to light taxpayer confusion surrounding The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which could impact homeowners in next year’s tax filing. The IRS is taking steps to clarify what the new provisions mean...

Regulatory Relief Bill Passes Senate

March 15th, 2018
Following the financial crisis of 2008 and the Great Recession, the federal government imposed regulations in the form of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act—an effort to ensure financial stability and consumer protection. Senate Banking Committee Chair...
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