Government Scorecard Finds Progress In Recent Housing Data

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s monthly Housing Scorecard collects key market data and tracks the administration’s recovery efforts. The April report cites progress made in home sales and mortgage delinquencies but says there is continued fragility in the housing market. Mortgage delinquencies have declined for four straight months and existing-home sales are up more than five percent from last year’s level. Home prices, while still fragile, are beginning to show signs of stabilization and, in some markets, improvement. Also, inventory is at its lowest level in years, having fallen to levels typically associated with a healthy, balanced market. More here and here.

Gov’t Scorecard Finds 2012 Off To A Strong Start

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of the Treasury released their March housing scorecard,which compiles key housing market data and the results of the government’s recovery efforts. And though the report still finds fragility in the market, it also shows that home sales are off to their strongest start since 2007, after upwardly revised January numbers and a solid February for existing-home sales. Also, mortgage delinquency rates continue to fall and are substantially below last year’s levels. And, according to the scorecard, the administration’s recovery efforts have started more than 5.8 million mortgage modification arrangements since April 2009, including 1.8 million HAMP trial modifications. More here.

Housing Inventory At Lowest Level Since 2006

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Department of the Treasury released their February 2012 Housing Scorecard, which compiles key market data and the results of the administration’s recovery efforts through the end of January. According to the report, the supply of existing homes currently for sale would take 6.1 months to sell and the number of new homes on the market represents a 5.6 month supply, the lowest level since 2006. In addition to falling inventory levels, existing-home sales rose to their highest pace since May 2010 and home prices dipped during the month. Also, recent enhancements to the Home Affordable Refinance Program resulted in another 300,000 families beginning the process of refinancing their homes. More here and here.