This weekâs financial news was relatively limited due to the Memorial Day holiday and no economic reports being released on Wednesday. The biggest news in terms of housing and mortgages was the S&P/Case-Shiller Housing Market Indices (HMI) released on Tuesday.
The most recent S&P/Case-Shiller Indeces report showed all three composites posting double-digit increases over the last four quarters. The national composite, which is the broadest based index, showed an increase of 10.2% annually.
The National Association of REALTORS reported that sales of existing homes in April reached 4.97 million on a seasonally-adjusted annual basis. This is the highest report since November 2009.
Home builders are gaining confidence in current and future market conditions for new homes, but continue to see below-average foot traffic in new homes.
RealtyTrac recently reported that national foreclosure filings are down while foreclosure filings are seeing marked increases in some states.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly Non-farm Payrolls and National Unemployment Rate for April last Friday. These two reports are collectively called the Jobs Report.
165,000 jobs were added in April, while the unemployment rate dropped from 7.60 percent in March to 7.50 percent in April.
Housing markets continue to improve according to the S&P Case Shiller Home Price Indices released April 30 for Februaryâs data.
The Indices consist of a 10-City Composite Index and a 20-City Composite Index with housing markets for each city reported based on a three-month rolling average of home prices.
The data released yesterday comprised the Indicesâ highest growth rates since May 2006.
The National Association of REALTORSÂ® released its Existing Home Sales report for March on Monday.
Sales dipped from Februaryâs seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.95 million to 4.92 million existing homes sold in March, a decrease of 0.6 percent month-to-month.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) report for April shows that builder confidence slipped by two points to a rating of 42 from the March reading of 44.
Home sales rose for the 11th consecutive month according to the National Association of REALTORS® Existing Home Sales Report for January.