The US housing market has now totally broken
The housing market is deteriorating for the first time ever since the Federal Reserve began raising interest rates.
The resale market has been slumping from the beginning of 2022 when prospective sellers remain in their homes instead of giving up their the low rates of mortgage. New homes had provided buyers some peace. However, they are no longer. The recent rise in mortgage rates to up to 8 percent is too much for home builders. They’ll likely cut back on construction over the next few months since profit margins are falling. Apartment construction has also rolled into the past few months as developers have been hit by the slowing rent growth and high financing costs.
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The frustration among potential homebuyers is well understood. What are the macroeconomic consequences? Given the importance of housing for overall economic activity as a whole, slowing residential construction could slow the pace at which the economy can expand however not enough to trigger recession within the next couple of quarters. To the extent that the brutal sell-off in Treasuries has been in response to hotter-than-hoped-for economic data, a paralysed housing sector will offer some respite.
Investors need to be aware of this as the recent decline in Treasuries was a complete surprise. It is due to a strong consumer market, and expectations for real GDP growth in the third quarter. JPMorgan Chase. JPMorgan Chase estimates that the economy expanded at a more than 4 percent in the last quarter. The bulk of the growth is due to housing, which will boost GDP in the first time since early 2021 thanks to this summer’s pickup in single-family home begins. This trend is not likely to persist into the following quarter, or perhaps 2024, until interest rates decrease.
The resumption in student loan repayments, the United Auto Workers’ strike and the union representing radio and television actors are all factors that could affect consumption.
The convergence may give investors some relief from the flurry of hot economic data, which has been weighing on bonds and stocks by fuelling prospects for further monetary policy tightening. Should that turn out not to be the case, it will suggest that the labour market as well as consumers are experiencing more momentum than previously thought which is a worrying scenario considering that the highest costs for borrowing since the mid-2000s have already been a major blow to one market.
The housing market is responding in a very different manner to the latest rise in mortgage rates when in comparison to 2022. The strike of home sellers then boosted demand for newly built houses. The only bright spot on the market was the builders. Insufficient inventory kept prices at a high. This allowed businesses to use healthy profit margins in order to lower the mortgage rates of buyers. It doesn’t appear to be the case any more. It’s now easier to lower the interest rate on a home loan to 5.5 percent – the minimum for potential buyers, at around 7% than around 8%. The confidence of builders is decreasing, along with their profits and stock prices. In this month, the National Association of Home Builders/WellsFargo sentiment gauge fell to its lowest point since January. Builders will likely reduce their plans for production in the near future.
Multi-family housing starts experienced some stability during the first quarter of the year and units under construction were increasing as delays in supply chain prevented projects from being completed. Over the last two months, there’s seen a significant drop in housing starts. The September numbers were 31.5 percent lower than the previous year and the number of units under construction dropped for two months in a row. This suggests that we’re past this cycle’s peak. With fewer units being started and a declining number of units in construction, the rental market should be a drag on growth in the economy for a long time until 2024.