By the Numbers

FHFA announces conforming loan limits for Fannie and Freddie mortgages
FHFA announces conforming loan limits for Fannie and Freddie mortgages

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently announced its 2022 conforming loan limits (CLL) for conventional loans acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Mortgage applications fall over Thanksgiving week as rates rise
Mortgage applications fall over Thanksgiving week as rates rise

“Despite higher mortgage rates, purchase applications had a strong week, mostly driven by a 6% increase in conventional loan applications.” — MBA associate vice president of economic and industry forecasting Joel Kan

Are investors to blame for low housing inventory?
Are investors to blame for low housing inventory?

Investors across the country are looking to cash in on skyrocketing house prices and rents, putting them in competition with new buyers trying to work their way to homeownership. Real estate investors bought a record 18% of the homes sold in the third quarter, according to a new Redfin report.

S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller: Home-price gains take a pause
S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller: Home-price gains take a pause

“If I had to choose only one word to describe September 2021’s housing price data, the word would be ‘deceleration. Housing prices continued to show remarkable strength in September, though the pace of price increases declined slightly.” — S&P DJI managing director Craig Lazzara.

Pending-home sales rebound in October
Pending-home sales rebound in October

“Motivated by fast-rising rents and the anticipated increase in mortgage rates, consumers that are on strong financial footing are signing contracts to purchase a home sooner rather than later.” — NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun

New-home sales flat in October as median price hits new high
New-home sales flat in October as median price hits new high

The seasonally adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of September was 389,000, representing a supply of 6.3 months at the current sales rate, the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reported.

Atlanta home sales slide in October as prices rise
Atlanta home sales slide in October as prices rise

Atlanta’s housing inventory totaled 8,822 units in October, a year-over-year decrease of 28.3%, while new listings slid 2.2% from September and 9% from October 2020 to 7,851, Atlanta REALTORS Association reported.

NAR: Existing-home sales rise again in October
NAR: Existing-home sales rise again in October

The U.S. housing market kept firing on all cylinders, as the demand for residential real estate drove prices higher for the 116th month in a row, marking the longest streak on record.

RE/MAX: Signs of Atlanta’s tight housing market persist in October
RE/MAX: Signs of Atlanta’s tight housing market persist in October

Among the 51 metro areas surveyed in October, closed transactions were down 6.4% from September, nearly twice the average pre-pandemic decline of 3.3% between 2015 and 2019, RE/MAX said, citing its National Housing Report.

NAHB: Builder confidence continues to rise in November despite supply issues
NAHB: Builder confidence continues to rise in November despite supply issues

November’s reading of 83 was up three points from October, driven by low existing inventories and strong buyer demand, the National Association of Home Builders reported, citing the latest NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index.

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