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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