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Housing redux

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While I’m on the subject, the Royal Instition of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), of which I’m a Fellow, publishes a great . Last week’s edition had a piece on the U.S. housing market doldrums, with a particular emphasis on the dearth of mortgage purchases (the secondary market which is vital to the liquidity of the mortgage business).

As you might guess, this important segment of the market peaked in 2005/6, and with a brief attempt at pick-up in early 2008, has been on a downward slide ever since. The index currently stands more than 60% down from the peaks of just 5 years ago. The trend continues downward, and fell 3.5% in the third quarter of this year.

Mortgage Purchase Index

They note that residential investment as a percentage of GDP currently stands at 2.2%, down from pre-recession levels of 6.6%. What’s more, the excess supply overhang will take years to absorb, according to their analysis.

The health — or lack thereof — us currently a front-burner issue for the Federal Reserve, which is now looking at the mortgage bond market as a means of helping to stimulate this anemic sector. Both FRB member Daniel Turillo and Vice Chair Janet Yellen have made public pronouncements in that direction recently.

Written by johnkilpatrick

November 8, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Posted in Finance, Real Estate

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