In 2021, single-family existing-home prices rose at the fastest pace in five decades at an average year-over-year pace of 18%, driven by strong job growth, historically low mortgage rates, a post-pandemic recovery in household formation, and inadequate housing construction and pandemic-induced supply bottlenecks.
At the national level, housing affordability fell in October compared to the previous month, with monthly mortgage payment up by 3.1% and median family income up by 0.7%.
Amid the economic uncertainty wrought by the emergence of the omicron COVID variant, fewer leases were signed and office occupancy fell again in 2021 Q4.
Consumer prices rose 6.8% in November, with higher food and gasoline prices; rents are accelerating and utilities are higher by 25%.
The year 2021 has been a record-breaking year for both home sales and home rentals, but with home prices and rents rising at a double-digit pace, is there anywhere still relatively cheaper to own than to rent?
Mortgage rates continued to remain roughly stable for the last 4 weeks, despite volatility in bond yields. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate slightly fell to 3.10% from 3.11% the previous week.
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NAR used estimates from the American Community Survey to provide a snapshot of housing in America in 2020.
The unemployment rate continued to plunge and is now at 4.2%, which is actually below March 2020 levels when the ugly COVID virus came to the country. This measurement should be taken with a grain of salt, however, since only those searching for a job are counted.
The industrial sector is on pace for a historical year despite the supply chain issues that had an impact on the shipping of goods.
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