Independent mortgage banks and mortgage subsidiaries of chartered banks in the U.S. made an average profit of $1,346 on each loan they originated in 2016, up from $1,189 per loan in 2015.
Mortgage applications for new home purchases increased 6.7 percent compared to March 2016. Compared to February 2017, applications increased by 23 percent relative to the previous month.
According to ATTOM Data Solutions' Q1 and March 2017 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, which shows first quarter foreclosure activity was below pre-recession levels nationwide and in 102 out of 216 metropolitan statistical areas (47 percent) analyzed in the report.
According to Freddie Mac, more U.S. home renters are optimistic about their financial situations and expect to stay where they are even if their rents increased.
The prospect of increased U.S. economic growth combined with less regulation, means that investor sentiment for commercial real estate investment is marginally more positive than last year.
According to the National Association of Realtors, existing-home sales closed out 2016 as the best year in a decade, even as sales declined in December as the result of ongoing affordability tensions and historically low supply levels.
U.S. commercial real estate executives are especially bullish on industrial, infrastructure and multi-family asset classes in 2017.
Commercial investment sales activity was robust in both the CBD and suburban office markets while vacancy rates in the suburbs hit historic lows in 2016.
Fueled by a growing economy, solid employment gains and rising household formations, single-family housing production in the U.S. will continue on a gradual, upward trajectory in 2017.
More than 103 million Americans--the most on record--are expected to travel for the year-end holidays. This represents a 1.5 percent increase.
Existing-home sales in the U.S. are forecast to muster only a small gain in 2017 because of increasing mortgage rates and shrinking consumer confidence that now is a good time to buy a home.
According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Commercial/Multifamily Delinquency Report, delinquency rates for commercial and multifamily mortgage loans remained low in the third quarter of 2016.
Led by impressive gains in both single-family and multifamily production, nationwide U.S. housing starts surged 25.5 percent in October 2016 to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.32 million units.
The National Association of Home Builders is reporting this week that U.S. builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes held steady in November 2016.
The delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one-to-four-unit residential properties decreased 14 basis points to a seasonally adjusted rate of 4.52 percent of all loans outstanding at the end of the third quarter of 2016.
The Baird/STR Hotel Stock Index decreased 0.8% in October 2016 to close the month at 3,108. Year to date, the index remains up 0.4%. Hotel stocks outperformed in October amid low investor expectations and rising interest rates.
According to Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the average U.S. fixed mortgage rate moved higher in early November.
Millennials entering their prime homebuying years, rising household formation, and continued job gains boosting overall demand are expected to be behind the slight increase in existing-home sales in 2017.