New Home Mortgage Applications in U.S. Spike 18 Percent Annually in June

WORLD PROPERTY JOURNAL | July 15, 2019

New Home Mortgage Applications in U.S. Spike 18 Percent Annually in June
The Mortgage Bankers Association Latest Builder Application Survey for June 2019 shows U.S. mortgage applications for new home purchases increased 17.9 percent compared from a year ago. Compared to May 2019, applications decreased by 14 percent. This change does not include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns. "Ongoing concerns about economic growth and trade policy likely kept some potential buyers out of the market despite lower mortgage rates," said Joel Kan, MBA's Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry Forecasting. "Our seasonally adjusted estimate of new home sales was down in June after two of the strongest months in the survey's history dating back to 2013, but remained higher than a year ago. The average loan amount for new home purchase applications fell slightly to its lowest level since November 2018, as home price growth continued to slow in many markets and purchase transactions have shifted away from the higher end of the price spectrum." MBA estimates new single-family home sales were running at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 646,000 units in June 2019, based on data from the BAS. The new home sales estimate is derived using mortgage application information from the BAS, as well as assumptions regarding market coverage and other factors.

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In a constantly evolving world, even a traditional sector such as real estate changes and innovates. In our view, the future of real estate is directly linked with innovation. The startups of today are the potential industry leaders of tomorrow. Incumbent firms that want to not only survive, but also thrive, should constantly follow developments and trends of these innovations and startups as there are numerous lessons to be learned. This document provides examples and insights into the innovations and startups that might shape the future real estate landscape.