Census Bureau: Webinar on Accessing Data in 2019 Scheduled for June 20th

What: The U.S. Census Bureau will hold a webinar to show participants how to access data using data.census.gov. The Census Bureau has developed a new way of accessing data and is close to the official launch of data.census.gov and the retirement of American FactFinder in June. Starting in July, data.census.gov will be the primary way […]

FHFA: 2018 Report to Congress Includes Legislative Recommendations

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today released its 2018 Report to Congress.  The report meets the requirements of the Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992, as amended by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008.  It provides information about FHFA’s 2018 examinations of Fannie Mae […]

FHA: U.S. House Prices Rise 1.1 Percent in First Quarter 2019

U.S. house prices rose 1.1 percent in the first quarter of 2019 according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) House Price Index (HPI).  House prices rose 5.1 percent from the first quarter of 2018 to the first quarter of 2019.  FHFA’s seasonally adjusted monthly index for March was up 0.1 percent from February. The HPI […]

Federal Reserve: Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households Issued

The Federal Reserve Board’s latest Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households found that most measures of economic well-being and financial resilience in 2018 were similar to, or slightly better than, those in 2017. Overall, the financial experiences reported by the 11,000 adults surveyed in 2018 were largely positive, and many […]

FHFA: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Total Refinance Volume Increases in March 2019 as Interest Rates Falls

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today reported that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) completed 234,716 refinances in the first quarter of 2019.  FHFA’s first quarter 2019 Refinance Report also shows that 901 loans were refinanced through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), bringing the total number of HARP refinances […]

HUD and Census Bureau: Residential Construction Activity Report for April 2019

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau jointly announced the following new residential construction statistics for April 2019. Building Permits Privately owned housing units authorized by building permits in April were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,296,000. This is 0.6 percent […]

FHFA: Index Shows Mortgage Rates Decreased in March 2019

Nationally, interest rates on conventional purchase-money mortgages decreased from February to March, according to several indices of new mortgage contracts. The National Average Contract Mortgage Rate for the Purchase of Previously Occupied Homes by Combined Lenders Index was 4.36 percent for loans closed in late March, down 10 basis points from […]

ABA: Report Shows Credit Card Market Expanded in Fourth Quarter 2018

Credit card use continued to expand in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to the American Bankers Association’s latest quarterly Credit Card Market Monitor. Compared to the previous quarter, purchase volumes increased for super-prime (+2.7 percent) and prime accounts (+1.4 percent), but declined modestly for subprime accounts (-0.9 percent). On […]

FHFA: New Report Details Progress on the 2018 Scorecard for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) issued a Scorecard Progress Report today summarizing the 2018 activities of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) to further FHFA’s three strategic objectives as conservator:  Maintain, Reduce, and Build.    Interested parties are invited to provide input on this Report. Feedback can be submitted […]