Today Citi and some other banks quoted the 30-year conforming mortgage rate at 4.625%. Others are quoting the rate even higher (see national averages below).Source: Mortgage News Daily Once again, it’s a low rate by historical standards, maki…
In another sign the housing recovery is genuine, home prices soared the most in more than seven years in April in 20 U.S. cities.
Homebuilder stocks had soared in 2012 in the early stages of the housing recovery, but have since leveled off and had perhaps peaked earlier this year.
Then Thursday, major homebuilder stocks plunged amid fears of rising mortgage rates.
Five years after the financial crisis, just about everyone has had to clean up their act.
Consumers have less credit card debt. Banks are stuffed with capital, prodded by the Federal Reserve. Even the federal deficit is shrinking.
There’s a new idea sweeping through the country. It’s called dignity mortgages.
According to Nick Timiraos from the WSJ, the latest drop in the seasonally adjusted housing starts measure is nothing to worry about.
All you have to do is look at a price chart of Lennar Corp (NYSE: LEN) to see the proof that the U.S. housing market is on the mend.
Since January 2012, shares of the Miami, Fl.-based new homebuilder have more than doubled.
In fact, since the industry nearly collapsed six years ago, new-home construction for builders like Lennar is now clearly on an upswing.
According to the March 2013 report from the U.S. Commerce Department, new home construction was on pace for more than one million units for the first time since the gaudy days of June 2008.
Much of this home-buying fervor can be attributed to a few important points:
1. A pent-up demand that has built up over the last six years,
2. Low inventories,
3. And an outrageously low interest rate environment thanks to the Federal Reserve.
The question now is whether or not the “Housing Bubble 2.0” still has legs, making Lennar Corp. a smart new buy with plenty of room to run.
Is Lennar Still a Buy?
Of course, evaluating Lennar on its own merits is a fine exercise in due-diligence.
The U.S. housing market’s recovery is gaining momentum, but there are still a number of issues for homebuyers to be cautious of.
To get to the bottom of what’s really going on in the housing market, we talked to Gerri Willis, author of “Home Rich” and host of FOX Business Network‘s The Willis Report (6 p.m. weekdays), about the key things homebuyers need to know in today’s challenging market.
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