US existing home sales drop to a 3-year low

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From Reuters:
NYSE:XHB February 21, 2019 1:14pm

U.S. Homebuilder Sentiment Tops All Projections

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From Katia Dmitrieva and Carylann Edwards:

(Bloomberg) -- Sentiment among U.S. homebuilders rose in February for a second month, exceeding all forecasts, as lower mortgage rates and a strong labor market help stabilize demand.

NYSE:XHB February 19, 2019 12:14pm

Housing stocks launch a sharp mean-reversion rally

From Dana Lyons: Already sporting a blistering 7-week rally, stocks have continued their scent this week. One group aiding this most recent charge are the housing stocks. This group has been one of the more intriguing, and reliable, ones over the past few years from a charting perspective. That has prompted a series of posts from us during that time, including one today.
NYSE:XHB February 18, 2019 3:53pm

Raymond James cuts its ratings on 2 large homebuilder stocks

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From Rich Smith (TMFDitty): on a few more. But do these analysts even know what they're talking about? Today, we're taking two high-profile Wall Street picks and putting them under the microscope...
NYSE:XHB February 15, 2019 3:26pm

Mortgage rates hit a 12-month low

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From Andrea Riquier: Rates for home loans fell to the lowest in a year as inflation cooled and investors braced for a slowing global economy.
NYSE:XHB February 14, 2019 2:26pm

U.S. mortgage applications fall despite lower borrowing costs

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From Reuters:

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. mortgage applications fell for a third consecutive week even as some 30-year home borrowing costs declined to their lowest levels since April 2018 in line with lower bond yields, the Mortgage Bankers Association said on Wednesday.

NYSE:XHB February 6, 2019 3:36pm

Pending home sales fall to the lowest in 5 years

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From Andrea Riquier: The numbers: Pending-home sales slid 2.2% in December to a reading of 99, and were 9.8% lower compared to a year ago, marking the 12th straight month of annual declines, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday.
NYSE:XHB January 30, 2019 11:14am

Home price growth skids to a 4-year low, Case-Shiller says

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From Andrea Riquier: The numbers: The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in November compared to October and was 4.7% higher compared to a year ago. That was the slowest pace of annual growth since January 2015.
NYSE:XHB January 29, 2019 11:45am

Nontraditional mortgages surge in 2018: Is that foreshadowing an issue with housing sector?

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From Brittany De Lea:

Homebuyers are increasingly opting for nontraditional mortgages - which helped precipitate the housing crisis about one decade ago - potentially foreshadowing trouble as high prices continue to weigh on housing affordability.

NYSE:XHB January 23, 2019 3:00pm

Existing-home sales slide to a 3-year low as housing market stumbles

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From Andrea Riquier: The numbers: Existing-home sales ran at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.99 million in December, the National Association of Realtors said Tuesday. That was the lowest since November 2015. Sales were down 6.4% for the month, and 10.3% lower than the year-ago rate.
NYSE:XHB January 22, 2019 11:54am

Homebuilder sentiment turns higher in January after mortgage rates drop

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From Diana Olick:
NYSE:XHB January 16, 2019 12:25pm

Wells Fargo Reports The Worst Mortgage Number Since The Financial Crisis

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From Tyler Durden: When we reported Wells Fargo's Q3 earnings back in October, we drew readers' attention to one specific line of business, the one we have repeatedly dubbed the bank's "bread and butter", namely mortgage lending, and which as we then reported was "the biggest alarm" because "as a result of rising rates, Wells' residential mortgage applications and pipelines both tumbled, sliding just shy of the post-crisis lows recorded in late 2013."
NYSE:XHB January 15, 2019 4:01pm

Why a Million Americans Could Be Priced Out Of The Housing Market in 2019

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From Ally J. Yale:

If home prices and mortgage rates continue their upward trends, more than 1 million American households could get priced out of the housing market.

NYSE:XHB January 14, 2019 1:13pm

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