By the Numbers

Existing-home sales swing back to negative territory in February 

The median existing-home price for all housing types in February was $357,300, up 15% from a year before, as median prices rose in each region.    

New-home construction picks up in February  

“More groundbreaking is welcome news for a supply-starved housing market.” — First American deputy chief economist Odeta Kushi 

Builder confidence falls on supply-chain issues, construction costs 

The measurement of six-month sales expectations among homebuilders took an especially negative turn in March, according to the National Association of Home Builders. 

Mortgage applications slide with rate hike and more Ukraine uncertainty ahead

“Investors are weighing the impacts of rapidly increasing inflation in the U.S. and many other parts of the world against the potential for a slowdown in economic growth due to a renewed bout of supply-chain constraints.” — MBA associate vice president of economic and industry forecasting Joel Kan

Ahead of Fed hike, homes selling at a record pace

Of the homes that went under contract during the four weeks ended March 6, 58% had an accepted offer within the first two weeks of going on the market, and 45% had an accepted offer within just one week, Redfin reported.

Mortgage applications rise, interest rates fall as Ukraine uncertainty roils markets 

“Looking ahead, the potential for higher inflation amidst disruptions in oil and other commodity flows will likely lead to a period of volatility in rates.” — MBA associate vice president of economic and industry forecasting Joel Kan 

Newly listed homes post smallest decline since mid-November

The pace of new home listings is gaining steam, a welcome development in the face of high demand from buyers, Redfin reported.

Pending-home sales slide for third month in a row 

“Given the situation in the market — mortgages, home costs and inventory — it would not be surprising to see a retreat in housing demand.” — NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun 

High prices, construction bottlenecks crimp new-home sales in January

“Builders are entering 2022 with backlogs that they are having a hard time completing due to material and labor shortages, and new-home prices are sitting near a historic high.” — First American Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi

Mortgage applications fall to pre-pandemic low as rates rise 

Mortgage applications fell more than 13% in the most-recent week tracked by the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Market Composite Index, while interest rates continued to rise. 

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