New-Home Sales Shoot up in September

New-home sales shot up in September, with sales of new, single-family homes up a stratospheric 18.9 percent to 667,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The average new-home sales price was $385,200, while the median was $319,700. New-home listing inventory was 279,000—5.0 months supply. “The September […]

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Home sales up 18.9 percent to 667,000

Good news for the housing market: sales of single-family homes rose by 18.9 percent in September, to 667,000 new houses sold, according to new stats released today from the U.S. Census Bureau and HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) …

Assistance for Housing Lags Market-Rate Rents

Assistance from the government for housing is not keeping up with the market, according to a new analysis by Zillow. Assistance granted as part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Housing Choice Voucher program misses the mark in the majority of metropolitan areas, the analysis shows. HUD determines the value of […]

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Housing Starts Tumble in September

Home-building activity tumbled in September, with housing starts down 4.7 percent to a rate of 1,127,000, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Single-family housing starts decreased 4.6 percent to 829,000. Starts for units in buildings with five units or more came in […]

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Efforts Underway to House Displaced Harvey Victims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as well as other organizations at various levels, have begun efforts to house those displaced by Hurricane Harvey. These initiatives include: Short-Term For those who are eligible for FEMA assistance, FEMA transitional housing assistance provides lodging to displaced survivors who need […]

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Hurricane Harvey victims granted temporary relief from foreclosure

Hurricane Harvey has caused thousands in and around the Houston area to flee from the rising waters engulfing their homes and killed at least 14 people to date. In this time of crisis, Federal mortgage agencies Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal H…

New-Home Sales Sink in July

New-home sales sunk in July, with sales of new, single-family homes down 9.4 percent to 571,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The average new-home sales price was $371,200, while the median was $313,700. New-home listing inventory was 276,000—5.8 months supply. Source: U.S. Census Bureau For […]

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July housing starts take turn for the worse

June’s housing starts report was heralded as “welcome news” by National Association of Realtors (NAR) Chief Economist Lawrence Yun, who said increasing residential construction was the key to lowering home prices. This month, however, housing starts ha…

Housing Starts Get Tripped Up in July

Home-building activity unexpectedly tripped up in July, with housing starts down 4.8 percent to a rate of 1,155,000, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Single-family housing starts decreased 0.5 percent to 856,000. Starts for units in buildings with five units or more […]

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‘Worst Case Housing Needs’ Rises to Over 8 Million

More than 8 million renter households were identified as having “worst case housing needs,” or burdened by rent and/or living in unsuitable conditions, in 2015, according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)—the second-highest share ever recorded. Those labeled “worst case” are renters with very low incomes and […]

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