Single-Family Construction Spending Rose by One-Third Last Year, what does this mean to us average folks today

Rising Rates Propel Surge in Refinancing

The week of January 28thhad the highest non-holiday-related increase in mortgage volume since the last week of March 2020, after a 7% drop the previous week. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), its Market Composite Index, which measures mortgage loan application volume, jumped 10.0 percent from a week earlier. 

The Refinance Index gained 18 percent from the previous week. Refinancing accounted for 57.3 percent of applications, up from a 55.8 percent share the last week.  It appears that the recent rise in mortgage rates has spurred a new round of homeowners rushing to take advantage of the still low rates before they increase further.

Single-Family Construction Spending Rose by One-Third Last Year

In 2021, construction spending reached $1.599 trillion, up 8.2% over the previous year’s $1.470 trillion. With a 22.9 percent increase, public and private residential expenditure were the only sectors with double-digit growth, while several other categories saw spending decline.

According to the US Census Bureau, all types of construction investment increased by 0.2 percent in December from November to $1.640 trillion, up 9.0 percent over the previous month. 

There was strong growth of spending on single-family and multifamily construction, while spending on improvements slipped. Single-family construction spending increased to a $435 billion annual pace in December, up by 2.1 percent over the upwardly revised November estimates,” said Na Zhao, an analyst with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

Home Price Appreciation Update Including 2022 Forecast

In the 12 months ending in 2021, home prices increased by 15% year over year, compared to a 6.0 percent increase in 2020. Compared to the previous December, CoreLogic’s Home Price Index (HPI) was up 18.5 percent.

This year’s price projection from CoreLogic predicts a ten percent increase in the first three months, followed by a gradual decline to 3.5 percent by December 2022. After that, on average, the increase will be 9.6% per year. 

At 28.4 percent, Arizona is still the state with the most significant increase, followed by Florida at 27.1 percent and Utah at 25.2 percent. At 37.6 percent and 35.7 percent, respectively, two Florida communities, Naples and Punta Gorda saw the highest gains among metro regions.

Next weeks potential market moving reports are:

  • Monday, February 7th – Consumer Credit      
  • Tuesday, February 8th – Small Business Index, Real Household Debt
  • Wednesday, February 9th – Wholesale Inventories
  • Thursday, February 10th – Initial Jobless Claims, Continuing Jobless Claims, Federal Budget
  • Friday, February 11th – Consumer Sentiment Index, 5-Year Inflation Expectations

As your mortgage and real estate professional, I am happy to assist you with any information you may need regarding mortgage or real estate trends.  I welcome the opportunity to serve you in any way I possibly can. Please feel free to reach me at (800) 216-1047.

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Is Now An Opportune Time For You To Upgrade Your Home Such as Adding A Rental Unit or Other Improvements To Your Property?

With property values continuing to rise in nearly every California neighborhood, adding an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) continues to be way to increase the living space in your property and potentially increase the value of your home. So, is this the year you decide to make a big change and add an ADU to your property? Could you convert your garage to additional living space, add a “granny flat” or otherwise expand your home?

Decide what your goals will be for the ADU

Before you start the process of planning an ADU, getting the required permits, and obtaining financing, decide why you want to add it in the first place. Do you have family members who will move in once you have space for them? Or is your family crowded already, and could use the extra space? Each situation dictates a different timeline.

If you’re planning to add an ADU and use it as a rental, are you in financial need, or are your plans more along the lines of increasing your property value over the longer term? If you’re looking to increase your property’s value with an ADU, your project may not be as urgent as one which will accommodate family members or serve as a rental.

Your home value vs. the cost of the ADU

According to Zillow, home sale prices in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim metro area are going to increase about 1.4% in 2020. This isn’t quite as much as Los Angeles proper, where home values are set to increase by 3.5%. With median sales prices in the metro area of $443 per square foot compared to the average cost of building an ADU at about $300 per square foot, you will increase your home’s value by about 50% — on average. ADU projects can vary in cost and benefit to your property, so all of these calculations can change.

Interest rates are predicted to hold steady for 2020

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and other home loan corporations predict that interest rates will probably hold steady in the year to come. If you want to increase the space your home has for your family or add value to your property, 2020 can be an excellent year to start a home renovation project adding an ADU. Work with an experienced home lending professional to learn what your options are in an ADU.


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Thinking of Remodeling Your Crib Anytime Soon? Consider a HELOC or Refinance to Upgrade Your Home. Find Out Which Improvements Add the Most Value

Have you been thinking about updating or upgrading your home with a home equity loan, cash out refinance, or home equity line of credit (HELOC)? Every year, Remodeling Magazine conducts a survey of home remodeling projects that keep track of which home improvements can earn back your investment when it comes time to sell your home. While resale value isn’t the only reason you could want to upgrade your home’s appearance or amenities, before you sign your loan documents and get started with your remodeling project, you should probably know the types of projects that do add value, and be aware of the ones that don’t.

Which home improvements add the most to resale value?

According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2019 survey of home improvement projects, the average cost of a project was $63.4 thousand, and the average return-on-investment (ROI) was $37.5 thousand for 66.1% cost/value ratio. This comparison includes nearly every type of remodeling project you could think of, from master bedroom suite room additions to bathroom and kitchen remodels. 

None of the home remodeling projects surveyed have a 100% or greater return on investment, but the top improvement in 2018 and 2019 was an upscale garage door replacement. At an average cost of $3,611, the improved garage door returned over 97% at resale ($3,510). Replacing doors, windows, and entryways all averaged between 70% and 76% ROI.

A wood deck addition returned over 75% of its cost at resale, but composite decks: not so much. At an average cost of almost $20,000, they returned only about $13,200. 

If you’re thinking about doing your kitchen over, it’s worth considering the scale you’re willing to invest in. Major kitchen remodels costing over $130,000 returned less than 60% of their investment, while minor kitchen remodeling projects of about $22,000 came the closest to paying for themselves, at an 80.5% ROI.

You may be doing some remodeling projects for yourself, and your enjoyment of your home should always come first. Over the years and in general, home improvement projects that add more to the value of your home tend to fall in the “curb appeal” category, like landscaping, entry doors, window replacements, and new, upgraded garage doors. 

With home mortgage refinance rates expected to remain low for 2020, this year could be the time for you to consider making changes to your home. A mortgage loan and refinance professional can help you to find the right loan product to pay for your remodeling project.


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