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Recommendation: Should REIT investors fear an accelerated taper?
Last week, we had some stronger-than-expected data with housing starts and some of the industrial production data. Does that mean the Fed will accelerate tapering?
Must-know: Home prices increase 7.4% YoY
The 7.4% year-over-year (or YoY) gain resembles the gains we saw during the bubble years. On a month-over-month basis, the increase was only 1.2%. It was decent. The prices for ex-distressed sales increased 6.8%. Prices are still 11.9% below their peak in April 2006.
April Federal Housing Finance Agency House Price Index rose 7.4%, good for investors
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) House Price Index The FHFA House Price Index differs from the other house price indices like Case-Schiller and Radar Logic in that it only looks at houses with mortgages guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. This means all the home prices are below the conforming threshold, which is $417,000. […]
Why The Fed Continues To Anticipate Lower Unemployment
At the March 2013 meeting, the Fed was forecasting that 2015 unemployment would be 6.7%–7%. Now, the Fed is forecasting that unemployment will be 5.2%–5.3%.
FHFA Home Price Index rises in June, good for non-agency REITs
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) House Price Index The FHFA House Price Index differs from the other house price indices like Case-Shiller and Radar Logic in that it only looks at houses with mortgages guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. This means all the home prices are below the conforming threshold, which is $417,000. It […]
Why steeply falling originations mean bad news for non-agency REITs
Mortgage originators have had a difficult time over the past year, as rates have begun rising. The increase in interest rates pretty much stopped the refinance boom in its tracks.
The CoreLogic Index shows home price appreciation is decelerating
The CoreLogic Index is a widely followed index of real estate values. Unlike the other major indices—like Case-Shiller or Radar Logic—CoreLogic separates distressed sales from non-distressed sales.
Understanding American Capital Agency versus peers like Annaly
American Capital Agency (AGNC) is a diversified agency mortgage REIT that invests all across the agency mortgage-backed security (MBS) space.
S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index rises in March
The Standard and Poor’s/Case-Shiller index of real estate prices increased 10.9% year-over-year in March, hinting that the real estate market bottomed around this time last year. The Case-Shiller index The Case-Shiller index is the most widely quoted index of real estate values. Real estate values are big drivers of consumer confidence and spending, and, therefore, […]
Recommendation: Don’t read too much into the emerging market selloff
Bonds have been rallying as emerging markets sell off. Does a sell-off in emerging markets change the Fed’s decision-making regarding tapering?
American Capital Agency’s 3rd quarter earnings: Company overview
American Capital Agency is one of the biggest REITs in the U.S. by market capitalization. Annaly Capital Management is the other. As such, AGNC is one of the biggest ultimate lenders in the mortgage market.
FHFA House Price index is within 9% of April 2005’s peak levels
The 7.6% year-over-year gain was the second highest since mid-2006, and it puts the index back at April 2005 levels. The rate of price appreciation appears to be slowing.
Why State Laws Matter For Home Price Appreciation
Borrower behavior is heavily influenced by consumer protection laws—particularly at the state level. States that require a judicial review of foreclosure activity tend to have higher delinquency rates.
The week ahead: Jobs plus Annaly and other mortgage REIT earnings
We have a big week ahead, with a slew of important economic data and earnings from the mortgage REIT sector. The biggest REIT will be Annaly Capital reporting on Wednesday.
Case-Shiller Index improves in February
The Standard and Poor’s/Case-Shiller index of real estate prices increased 9.3% year-over-year in February, hinting that the real estate market bottomed around this time last year. The Case-Shiller index The Case-Shiller index is the most widely quoted index of real estate values. Real estate values are big drivers of consumer confidence and spending, and, therefore, […]
The Case-Shiller Index Is 10% below Its 2006 Peak
In April, the Case-Shiller Index rose by 1% month-over-month. It’s up by 5.4% YoY. Prices are still about 10% below the peak set in the summer of 2006.
Must-know: Understanding non-qualified mortgage loans
Non-QM loans would typically be useful for borrowers with sporadic income, but a large amount of assets. However, lenders will only consider low loan-to-value (or LTV) loans—like 80% maximum, which really is a ceiling. Most lenders are below that.
Recommendation: With the economy picking up steam, what is a yield investor to do?
This is an unfriendly environment for bonds, and with the stock market at all-time highs, yield is hard to come by.
Recommendation: Why swap interest rate risk for credit risk?
The most important economic report these days came out last Friday, which is the the monthly jobs report. The Street had set the bar relatively low.
Case-Shiller’s biggest gain in 8 years is good for non-agency REITs
The index increased 1.03% month-over-month and 13.3% year-over-year. Prices have risen the most in the areas that were hit the hardest.
Must-know analysis: Can mortgage REITs be too big to fail?
The biggest names in the REIT sector are Annaly (NLY) and American Capital Agency (AGNC). They bear no credit risk, but they do bear a lot of interest rate risk.