Vladimír Urbánek (Kurzy.cz)
Macroeconomics  |  September 19, 2012 14:50:31

U.S. - the number of new housing starts grew by 2.3% and fell short of estimates

Number of new housing starts in the U.S. in August grew by 2.3% to 750,000 units in annual terms. The market expected to grow to an average of 767,000 housing starts in the overall estimates range from 740 to 800 000th U.S. real estate market recently thrive record low mortgage rates and real estate prices near lows. On the contrary, significant difficulties the sector has stricter rules for the granting of new loans and still high unemployment rate moving above 8%. The average 30-year mortgage interest fell last week to 3.55%, which is close to 3.49% of 26 July, which was the lowest level since the beginning of the observation data in 1971.

Number of new construction single-family homes rose by 5.5% to 535,000 units in annual terms, the largest increase since March 2010.
The number of newly initiated multi-generational homes including rental housing fell by 4.9% to 215,000 units.

Growth reported by 2 of the 4 major U.S. regions, led by 21procentním improvement in the Midwest. 3.7% scored South.
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