Morning Roundup (11/17/2021)– Rent Prices Up 10% YOY, Auctions Prove Popular Alt Buying Option

Good Morning! Today is Wednesday, November 17. A violent clash erupted when migrants attempted to cross the border between Poland and Belarus yesterday. The House will vote today on censuring Paul Gosar, who tweeted a video depicting violence against President Biden. LA’s Staples Center will be renamed Crypto.com Arena. And in mortgage and housing news… Double-Digit Rent Growth: Rent prices rose 10.2.% YOY in September as growth remains at record highs, according to CoreLogic’s Single-Family Rent Index. nCino Acquires SimpleNexus: Fintech nCino is expanding its mortgage market reach by acquiring SimpleNexus for $1.2 billion in stocks and cash. Homes At Auction: More than 60% of US consumers would buy a home at auction, including 75% of Millennials, a ServiceLink survey…

60% Of US Households Can’t Afford Newly Built Homes

As potential homebuyers struggle to find affordable houses, new construction may not be a reliable fix. Prices for newly-constructed homes outpaced median income, pricing out most Americans, according to a study from real estate tech firm Knock. Knock reported that prices for newly-constructed homes are unseasonably high, with August’s median new home price staying the same from July at $390,900. That price outpaces the national median household income, which has dropped 2.9% to $67,521 from 2019 to 2020. It is the first decline since 2011, and early forecasts show only small rebounds in 2021. “To put things in perspective, the minimum total household income for a mortgage on a $390,900, with a 6% down payment, typically falls just under $80,000,”…

Advocates Rally For “Robust” Housing Spending In Economic Plan

Housing stakeholders gathered at the nation’s capitol to call for the budget reconciliation package being negotiated in Congress to substantially support housing. The group included National Association of Realtors (NAR) CEO Bob Goldberg, members of the National Housing Conference (NHC), Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), Habitat for Humanity, National Association of Homebuilders, and others. Representative Sherrod Brown (D-OH), chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, and Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, also attended. “Housing is fundamental to an economy that works for all. Democrats and President Biden understand this,” Chairman Brown said in his speech. “Robust housing investments support families and kids, improve health outcomes, and address climate change – while creating…

Home Builders More Confident Despite Continued Supply, Labor Shortages

Despite continuing supply chain issues and labor shortages, builder confidence rose in September thanks to falling lumber prices and high demand, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/ Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) reported. Builder sentiment in the market for newly-built single-family homes increased to 76, one point higher than last month. The data broke a three-month streak of downward expectations. “Builder sentiment has been gradually cooling since the HMI hit an all-time high reading of 90 last November,” said NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke. Fowke builds custom homes in Tampa, Fla.  “The September data show stability as some building material cost challenges ease, particularly for softwood lumber. However, delivery times remain extended and the chronic construction labor shortage is…

NAHB Seeks To Block CDC Eviction Ban

The National Association of Home Builders has filed suit in federal court challenging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s order that bans residential evictions through the end of the year to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The CDC order, issued in September under the Public Health Service Act, covers renters of apartments or residential properties – but does not include a ban on foreclosures on home mortgages. It requires renters to certify to landlords that they would become homeless or forced to live with others “in close quarters” if they were to be evicted. NAHB objects to the order because it provides “no relief for landlords who must continue to pay bills, maintain the units and pay their employees…

NAHB Backs Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee

The National Association of Home Builders on Tuesday came out in support of Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to be the next U.S. Supreme Court justice. “NAHB supports President Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett as Associate Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court,” NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke said. “Throughout her distinguished career as a federal appellate judge and Notre Dame law professor, Judge Barrett has been recognized for her sharp legal mind and as a steadfast defender of the Constitution. In her court decisions, Judge Barrett has been a bulwark against government overreach, ruling in favor of private property rights and providing certainty for small business owners who must constantly grapple with burdensome regulations.” Trump nominated Barrett on Saturday. Senate…