Housing Starts exceeded expectations and also beat October’s reading of 889,000. November housing starts were posted at 1.09 million against a consensus of 963,000. This reading is more in line with the NAHB/Wells Fargo Home builder Market Index, which reached a four month high with December’s reading.
What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week-September 30, 2013
Last week didn’t feature any housing-related news other than Freddie Mac’s weekly survey of mortgage interest rates. Reports on consumer credit, job openings and weekly jobless claims suggest that without some relief in the jobs market, Americans may be taking a “wait-and-see” stance toward buying homes.
Last week was relatively calm due to the Labor Day Holiday on Monday little mortgage and housing related news. However, there were several positive indicators for overall economic conditions.
The National Association of REALTORS reported Wednesday that pending sales of existing homes fell by 1.30 percent in July. According to the organizationâs Pending Home Sales Index, this was the second straight month that pending home sales dropped. Julyâs Pending Home Sales Index reading was 109.50.