New Home Sales (Aug.)

An improvement in inventory helped new home sales rise for the second consecutive month in August. Admittedly, overall housing demand has eased in recent months and a rise in mortgage rates argues against a rebound this year. But a lack of inventory in the existing home market will push buyers to the new home market and help sales rise to around 800,000 annualised by the end of this year.
Matthew Pointon Senior Property Economist
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New Home Sales (Oct.)

The marginal improvement in new home sales in October was flattered by a downward revision to September’s data, and the bigger picture is that sales have been fairly steady since May. Looking ahead housing demand will ease as mortgage rates rise but, with new home inventory set to remain much healthier compared to existing homes, new sales will see a steady rise to 880,000 annualised by end-2022.

24 November 2021

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Existing Home Sales (Oct.)

Existing home sales eked out a small gain in October, slowing considerably from last month’s increase. With inventory at a record low, buyer sentiment in a pit and mortgage rates on the rise, we expect sales will fall back to around 5.7m annualised by mid-2022, before rising slowly to 5.75m by end-2023.

22 November 2021

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MBS taper won’t widen mortgage spreads

The announcement that the Fed will start to taper its purchases of MBS this month is not set to widen mortgage spreads. The cut in demand will be gradual and offset by a moderation in the supply of MBS as home sales decline. With the cost of the prepayment option set to remain low, we expect the spread between the 30-year mortgage rate and 10-year Treasury yield to stay close to its current level of 170bps over the next few years.

18 November 2021

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Existing Home Sales (Aug.)

Existing home sales dropped back in August as booming house prices and a lack of affordable inventory shut out first-time buyers. A small recovery in home purchase mortgage demand suggests sales may tick-up next month but with mortgage rates set to rise and inventory to remain tight that improvement won’t be sustained, and sales will end the year at around 5.7m annualised.

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22 September 2021

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Housing Starts (Aug.)

A boom in multifamily construction has supported housing starts in recent months, with multifamily building permits rising to a 31-year high. On the single-family side, homebuilders have reported strong demand but material and labour shortages are preventing builders from getting to work on the large backlog of homes that have been authorised. Those constraints will not be solved overnight, so we except single-family starts will see only a gradual rise to around 1.16m annualised by the end of this year.

21 September 2021

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Stimulus cheques help explain house price rebound

After beginning to slow at the turn of the year, house price growth has since got a second wind. We suspect the key driver behind that resurgence was the arrival of the third round of stimulus cheques, which drove up the saving rate and helped boost first-time buyer down payments by 12% between February and May. But with no more cheques on the horizon and the saving rate stabilising that support for house prices will dissipate, supporting our call that annual house price growth will soon peak.

17 September 2021
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