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Economy in Brief
U.S. Mortgage Loan Applications Ease as Rates Rise Further
The MBA total Mortgage Market Volume Index declined 0.7% last week (-2.4% y/y)...
U.S. Consumer Credit Usage Slackens
Consumer credit outstanding increased $16.0 during October (6.6% y/y)...
German IP Rises - A Mixed to Weak View from the Rest of Europe
Germany's industrial production has come through another period of relative turbulence...
U.S. Trade Deficit Deepens as Imports Surge
The U.S. trade deficit in goods and services increased to $42.6 billion during October from $36.2 billion in September...
U.S. Energy Product Prices Strengthen
Regular gasoline prices increased to $2.21 per gallon (7.5% y/y) last week...
U.S. Productivity Rose 3.1% in Q3
Growth in nonfarm output per hour during Q3'16 was unrevised at 3.1% (SAAR, 0.0% y/y)...
by Tom Moeller March 21, 2013
The National Association of Realtors reported that sales of existing homes improved 0.8% (10.2% y/y) during February to a 4.98M annual rate. The increase followed an upwardly revised 0.8% January rise. The latest fell short of Consensus expectations for 5.00M sales. Sales of existing single-family homes alone slipped 0.2% to 4.360M, up 8.7% y/y. (These data have a longer history than the total sales series.) Sales of condos and co-ops rose 8.8% m/m to 0.620, up 21.6% y/y and were at the highest level since 2007.
The median price of an existing home rose 1.8% (11.6% y/y) to $173,600. In the Northeast, the median sales price of $238,800 was up 7.6% y/y. In the West, the median price rose 22.7% y/y to $237,700. In the South, the price of $150,500 was up 9.3% y/y and in the Midwest the price rose 7.7% y/y to $129,000.
The supply of homes on the market ticked up slightly from its seven-year low to 4.7 months. The months' supply of single-family homes on the market also rose to a low 4.7 months and for condos & coops it was 4.9 months. The total number of homes on the market rose 9.6% m/m but still was off 19.2% y/y. Inventories of single-family homes fell the same 19.2% y/y while inventories of multi-family homes were off 19.3% y/y.
Reported earlier this month, the composite index of home price affordability slipped 0.5% y/y. Mortgage payments as a percent of income m/m were a low 12.1% versus the high of roughly 25.0% in 2006. The average monthly mortgage rate was 3.47%.
The data on existing home sales, prices and affordability can be found in Haver's USECON database. The regional price, affordability and inventory data are available in the REALTOR database. The expectations figure is in the AS1REPNA database.
|Existing Home Sales (Thous, SAAR)||Feb||Jan||Dec||Y/Y%||2012||2011||2010|
|Median Price, Total, ($, NSA)||173,600||170,600||180,200||11.6||175,442||164,542||172,442|