By the Numbers
“Builders are responding to higher mortgage rates and are chasing rising rents, with fewer homebuyers and more renters being forced to renew their leases.” — NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun
The release of the monthly survey from the National Association of Home Builders comes as the Biden Administration unveiled a housing-supply action plan that aims to boost the supply of affordable apartments and new homes.
The data illustrates the struggle for first-time homebuyers trying to get a foot in the housing door in the country’s largest markets.
Despite a slow start to the spring homebuying season, prospective buyers are showing some resiliency in the face of higher mortgage rates, as seen by two weeks in a row of increasing loan applications.
Seventy percent of the 185 metros surveyed by the National Association of REALTORS® saw double-digit price gains in the first quarter, compared to 66% in the preceding period.
Overall mortgage-application volume was at its lowest level since 2018, the Mortgage Bankers Association said.
Home prices nationwide continued to climb higher in February compared to 12 months ago, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indicies.
Low inventory and rising interest rates have reduced prospective homebuyer purchasing power.
Rising interest rates and home prices have taken a toll on would-be homebuyers’ purchasing power, leading to increased inventory and another monthly slowdown in sales.
Single-family home starts declined compared to February, while new apartment construction was up, according to government statistics.