The year 2006 brought one of the most profitable side jobs for Americans, flipping houses. In fact, that year, it was reported that one in ever ten homes purchased were to flip. In 2008, it all came crashing down. Many went bankrupt because they were stuck with owning flips that were on the fast pace to a dramatic depreciation in value. The housing crash not only affected the housing market, but also caused Americans to loose their jobs and businesses. Fortunately things are turning around for the housing market. Today, housing stocks are one of the best investments out there.

According to Forbes.com housing stocks are currently booming. NVR Inc., a homebuilder, is a slam dunk. It was reported that in February 2019, NVR stocks were at a 45% gain beating the S&P 500 at 10%. Those that purchased the stock back in February have made a lot of money. According to the site’s research, housing stocks will be the way to go for years to come.

Another two stocks to invest in are Vulcan Materials (VMC) and Martin Marietta Materials (MLM). Both companies sell concrete and gravel which is used a lot in the house building industry. Homebuilders use both for housing foundations, roads and sidewalks. According to the chart, these two stocks have rocketed in the past year. Revenues in the company are rising and hitting all-time highs.

Housing expert Barry Habib, founder and CEO of MBS Highway, has the insider knowledge from the top players in the US housing market. The biggest issue he sees is supply and demand. Since 2009, only 900,000 homes have been built per year. Habib says this is the lowest inventory since the 1950’s. This is one of the biggest housing shortages we have had. He says that with existing inventory, it would take under six months to sell everything currently on the market.

“The most important driver of home prices is supply and demand. And right now, there is a chronic undersupply of homes in America,” Habib stated.

Habib believes the market is about to be flooded with homebuyers. Millennials have been recorded to be the biggest generation the country has seen. The National Association of Realtors states that one in three homebuyers today is a Millennial.

“On average, folks buy their first home at age 33. Guess what the median age of Millennials is right now? 34. In the past year or two, the first wave of young homebuyers came into the market. But every year for the next decade, tens of millions of Millennials will hit home-buying age.”

This flood will definitely play an important roll in the prices of homes. Supply and demand is the most important driver for home prices. With such a tight supply in inventory the housing market will continue to boom.

What does that mean for homebuilders? They will have job security for a while to come. This fall, new home starts rose to their highest level since the summer of 2007 and building permits are at the highest level since the spring of 2007. Habib believes “the American housing boom has years to run.”

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Freddie Mac reported a small bump up in the 30-year rate in their last data released, however it is predicted that the rates will come down this fall. According to the latest data, the 30-year fixed-rate average is now at 3.65 percent with an average 0.6 point and the 15-year fixed-rate is now at 3.14 percent with an average 0.5 point.

Many lackluster economic views are putting pressure on the mortgage rates to fall. Bankrate.com reported that close to three-quarters of economic experts predict the rates will fall this week. The U.S. Treasuries rose and yields have fallen. The 10-year bond dropped to 1.6 percent at the beginning of Oct. 2019 and just two weeks ago, it was reported at 1.8 percent. When U.S. bonds dip, the mortgage rates usually follow.

“Fueled by low rates and solid home-buyer demand, this fall’s mortgage market continues to be busy,” said Bob Broeksmit, MBA president and CEO. “Mortgage applications for both refinances and home purchases increased last week, and the year-over-year gains were even more impressive. With rates expected to stay around 4 percent, overall activity in the final three months of 2019 should stay solidly above last year’s levels, when borrowing costs were much higher.”

The Mortgage Bankers Association reported that mortgage applications are on the rise. Their report shows an 8.1 percent increase from the previous week’s report. The report also relayed a 14 percent jump in the refinance index and a 1 percent jump in the purchase index.

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Come see art from artists around New Orleans in Covington.

The Northshore Invitational

When: November, 2019
10am-4pm Tue-Fri, 11am-4pm Sat

Where: St. Tammany Art Association Barranger Gallery
320 N. Columbia St.
Covington, LA 70433

What: Free to Enter.

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Enjoy your weekend at the Northshore Food Truck Roundup in Covington.

Northshore Food Truck Roundup

When: November 1, 2019
5:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: Abita Brewing Company
166 Barbee Rd
Covington, LA 70433

What: Free to Enter.

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The year is coming to an end and we have now seen the second cut in rates in 2019. The Federal Reserve announced that there will be a reduction in the key, short-term federal funds rate by 25 basis points to a top rate of 2%. The cut stems from a set of increases enacted in 2018.

Another big move on the Fed’s part was a reduction in the interest rate it pays on bank reserves. This move came in hopes to improve the ability of the Fed to target the federal funds rate in markets.

Concerns in the future economy has the Fed’s leadership in disagreement and their hold on the interest rate it pays on bank reserves in a weaker state. Fed regional presidents, members of the FOMC, had a disagreement that was the highest number since the year 2014. Three of the Fed regional presidents voted no for the change in in the rate. Two opposing it altogether and one urging a 50 basis point reduction.

Even with a few concerns the Fed’s still believe the labor market is strong and the economy is still rising at a “moderate” rate. This fares the same in the home building industry. Household spending is still going strong.

The action of reversing the high cycles of 2018 has been a positive in the decline in rates this year. This has been a net positive for what the future holds for the housing demand and home construction. This comes off the 10-year low for housing affordability that occurred last Fall.

The National Home Builders Association forecast there will be another cut before year end.

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A day ago CNBC.com reported that the Fall housing market will shift to a buyer’s market. Good news for those searching for a home to purchase but not quite what a potential seller of a home wants to hear. According to the website, fewer consumers believe now is a good time to purchase a home. The site reports that appraisals have gotten more stringent and potential buyers are more cautious and are willing to take their time when it comes to purchasing a home.

These factors are contributing to  an increasingly crowded housing market. There is more competition sellers have to face. If you are planning to sell your home in the near future, here are seven tips to follow to help stand out in the crowded market.

Just like the game show title, “The Price Is Right”, price your home out of the market and it will be bypassed by potential buyers. Pricing becomes crucial in a crowded market. It is a fine line for those selling their home who want to get top dollar but want to sell fast. Pricing your home slightly lower (approximately 2% lower) than comps in your area will make your home stand out above similar listed homes in your neighborhood. The slightly lower price will be inciting to buyers when there is an abundance competition.

Always have your home’s “game face” on. If someone comes knocking at your door unexpectedly and wants to see your home, they should be welcomed into a show-ready home. It is always good to deep clean and de-clutter before you list your home. Remember, to always maintain a tidy house throughout your listing. Sellers need to be able to showcase their home at a drop of a hat.

Remember the saying “try to see it through someone else’s eyes”? This also holds true when it comes to selling your home. Homeowners get used to the clutter or how their home looks after they have lived there for a long time. The cramped closet or clutter in the corner becomes a part of your home that you really do not notice anymore. Walk into your home looking at it from a buyer’s point of view. What should be fixed or de-cluttered? You want to put extra emphasis on features that buyers would like to have in their home.

Now days many buyers look through photos via their Realtor or the internet. The same floorplan can look very different when presented in a photo. It is crucially important to have professional photographs done of your home. A professional photographer knows how to stage and photograph a home to give it an edge over the other homes listed for sale in your neighborhood.

Again the age old saying “keep your friends close and your enemies closer” can come in handy when you and a good many of your neighbors are selling your home at the same time. Do not look at your neighbors as competition, rather look at them as teammates. Get together and work on selling you neighborhood as a great place to live. A great way to do this would be to hold a joint open house.

Highlight your homes best assets. If you renovated or made any upgrades, show them off. Make sure your home’s listing features a list of upgrades or renovations that sets your home apart from the other listings.

Last and most importantly work with a Realtor. Choose a Realtor who has a lot of inside knowledge on your neighborhood. A Realtor is trained to look at real estate trends to determine how best to sell your home and give it a leg up on the competition.

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Many potential home owners have many different preferences when it comes to buying a home. According to the NAHB Economics team, millennials show an increase in interest in new homes built for sale and offered by a builder.

Statistics show that between 2007 and 2018, millennials who desired to purchase a new home, went from 28% to 41%. Existing homes stayed around 40% in the 11-year time span and custom-built homes fell from 37% to 18% during the same time span.

The data shows that millennials, at 41%, are the first in the running when it comes to wanting a brand new home offered by a builder.  The next generation for this preference was seniors coming in at 31%. The bottom two were baby boomers at 29% and gen x at 28%.

Several factors play into the desire for new homes for millennials. They want to live in the central city, which is opposite for the majority that still want to live in the suburbs. Millennials want a set of amenities that are not necessarily custom such as trash compactors, wet bars, built-in kitchen seating and an exercise room. Millennials are okay with smaller homes on smaller lots if they are able to get what they want in amenities and finishes.

Other data that was reported in the study looked at existing homes and custom homes built on owned lots. When it came to existing homes, baby boomers were the highest at 48%, gen x at 47%, seniors at 43% and millennials came in last at 41%. Those that desired a home custom built on an owned lot all hovered between 18% to 27%.

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New home sales are on the rise but the existing home sales are keeping up. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) total existing home sales reported a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.42 million.

The NAR reported that on a year-over-year basis, existing home sales were 0.6% up than a year ago which included single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops. This is the first year-over-year gain in almost a year and a half.

Homes stayed on the market 29 days in July 2019 with 51% of homes on the market selling in less than a month. All-cash sales composed 19% of transactions up from June 2019. Median sale price of existing homes in July was up 4.3% from a year ago at $280,000 and existing condominium/co-op prices were up 2.5% with a median price of $254,300.

Sales by regions saw an increase, except for the Northeast and West, for existing homes sales in July 2019. Existing home sales in the Midwest grew 0.8% and in the South existing homes rose to 2.7%.

NAR has encouraged the market to add more inventory which is a good sign. The falling mortgage rates, July 2019 at 3.77%, and lower home prices are a big plus.

“We are optimistic that the latter part of this year and the early months of 2020, at least, will see a significant upturn in sales. That, in turn, will boost construction activity in due course,” wrote Ian Shepherdson, founder and chief economist of Pantheon Macroeconomics, in a research note.

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This year the housing industry has been on an uphill victory. According to NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz newsletter, Eye on the Economy, there are two main factors that are helping the single-family housing sector.

Job growth has been on a positive path in 2019. It is reported that there is a historically low unemployment rate at 3.7%. In June 2019 there were 224,000 jobs added to the country’s workforce. The first six month of the year saw an average of 172,000 new jobs per month.

In the residential construction industry alone the increase was 21,000 jobs in June. The average for the first six month of the year in residential construction stands at 5,800 per month. Since the recession, there have been a total of 923,800 positions added in residential construction.

Also to aid in the booming housing industry is lower mortgage rates. Freddie Mac reports that the averaging 30-year fixed-rate is 3.8%. This is the fifth straight month that mortgage rates have fallen making this one of the best times to finance a home.

A recent industry survey shows that the mortgage loan applications for both purchase and refinance surged in the first week of June 2019.

In the most recent survey put out by the Freddie Mac’s research team it states that this “will help sustain the momentum in the housing market in 2019.”

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