Homeownership Rate

Will Millennials Ever Become A Generation Of Homeowners: BofA Has A Troubling Answer

"While young adults can generally afford housing, there are other constraints including the ability to make a large enough downpayment and tighter credit standards. Lifestyle changes are partly to blame.  These dynamics won't change in the medium-term which should translate to a lower equilibrium pace for single family housing starts."

Angst In America - Turning Today's Millennials Into Tomorrow's Debt Serfs

"Being young and having no job remains stubbornly common... Like medieval serfs in pre-industrial Europe, America’s new generation, particularly in its alpha cities, seems increasingly destined to spend their lives paying off their overlords, and having little to show for it. "

How Governments Outlaw Affordable Housing

The current planners don't want more housing. The government planners only want a certain type of housing. Meanwhile, the renters live in smaller and smaller units, and drive further and further. But there's one thing of which we can be sure. "Capitalism" will be blamed for it all.

Homeownership Among US Millennials At All Time Low

The homeownership rate for Americans 35 and younger slumped from 34.7% as of December 2016 to 34.3%, in line with the lowest rate reported by the Census Bureau going back nearly a quarter century.

"Home Prices Are Out Of Hand Again"

"Since 1999 year-end through 2015 home prices have risen 76% while household mean real income has grown less than 2%; the millennium-to-date gap between the two growth rates peaked at 84% during 2005-2006 and has risen back to 74% as of 2015 year-end. Gap at year-end 2007 was 75%."

NAR Stumped As Existing Home Sales Slide Continues; Lack Of Household Income Growth Blamed

"It's very concerning to see that inventory conditions not only show no signs of improving but have actually worsened in recent months from their already suppressed levels a year ago," said the NAr's Larry Yun. "While recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau (shows that household incomes rose strongly last year, home prices are still outpacing incomes."

Pending Home Sales Tumble For 2nd Month In A Row

Thanks to a series of negative revisions, pending home sales have now tumbled YoY for two consecutive months (dropping 2.2% in July versus an expectation of a 2.2% rise). The revisions enabled the MoM print of +1.3% to beat expectations optically (thanks to a surge in The West sales +7.3%). The good news for affordability is that NAR's Larry Yun notes homebuilders focusing down-market; the bad news, obviously, is that more supply will disable the low-inventory bid holding prices up at record highs. Probably time to hike rates...

Barack Obama Will Be The Only President In History To Never Have A Year Of 3% GDP Growth

Q2's US GDP growth data just crushed President Obama's 'fiction-peddling' that everything is awesome and those doom-and-gloom reality-pushers are cynical skeptics. Simply put, average annual growth rate during the current 'Obamanomics' business cycle remains the weakest of any expansion since at least 1949 leaving the orator-in-chief on track to be the only President in U.S. history to never have a single year when the economy grew by at least 3%.