Mortgage Rates Rising as Speculative Building Increases

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Completed Homes for Sale in 2018

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  • Supply of completed new homes has increased from 5.6 months to 7.4 months since January.
  • Current supply is the highest rate since March of 2011.
  • Builders are sitting on 74,000 completed homes built on speculation vs 63,000 in January.
  • On January 4, the 30-year mortgage rate was 3.95%. On November 15 it was 4.94%.
  • The Fed is committed to more rate hikes.

Please note that New Home Sales Dive 8.9% in October, Down 12.0% From Year Ago.

Meanwhile, Trump is committed to a trade war he cannot possibly win.

What can possibly go wrong with this picture?

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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New Home Sales Surge, Prices Down, Revisions Negative

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New Home Sales Top Estimates, Hit Four-Month High, Huge Surge in the West

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Existing Home Sales Drop 6th Consecutive Month

Existing home sales declined 3.4% in September. This was the 6th month and the 5th month below the consensus estimate.

New Home Sales Rise Following Huge Two-Month Downward Revisions

I apologize for the diversion from political slime into actual economic reporting. But let's discuss new home sales.

Existing Home Sales Unexpectedly Decline

Existing homes sales fell 0.4% in April. The Consensus expected a rise.