The median sales price of a new home sold nationwide in October 2019 was +17% more expensive than the median sales price of an existing home sold nationwide in October 2019, i.e., $316,700 for a new home vs. $270,900 for an existing home (source: Census Bureau, National Association of Realtors).

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In 2016, 46% of American homeowners ages 65-79 had outstanding mortgage debt on their primary residence, almost double from the 24% of this age bracket that had mortgage debt 30 years earlier (source: Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University).

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The Fed lowered short-term interest rates last Wednesday (10/30/19), its 3rd consecutive meeting that has resulted in a rate cut.  That’s the first time the Fed has reduced rates over 3 straight meetings since 12/16/08 or nearly 11 years ago (source: Federal Reserve).

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The 111.2 million households that existed in the United States on 9/30/09 were split 68/32 between 75.2 million owners and 36.0 million renters.  The 122.7 million households in the United States on 9/30/19 were split 65/35 between 79.5 million owners and 43.2 million renters (source: Census Bureau).

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The average loan-to-value ratio in the US housing market as of 6/30/08 was 55%, i.e., the average homeowner had home equity of 45%.  The average loan-to-value ratio in the US housing market as of 6/30/19 was 36%, i.e., the average homeowner had home equity of 64%(source: Federal Reserve).

 

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As of 12/17/18, 10 Wall Street strategists predicted where the yield on the 10-year T-note would be as of 12/31/19.  All 10 forecasted an increase in the 10-year note yield from its actual 12/31/18 yield close of 2.68%.  However, the yield on the 10-year note has fallen to 1.50% as of Friday’s close 8/30/19 (source: Barron’s).

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If the nation’s aggregate net worth of $113.5 trillion was spread equally across all 122.5 million US households, every American household would be worth $927,000 (source: Federal Reserve).

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The Federal Reserve Board consists of the 7 members of the Fed’s Board of Governors (which has 2 vacancies currently) and the presidents of the 12 regional Federal Reserve banks, i.e., there are 17 current members of the Federal Reserve Board.  At the 9/18/19 Fed meeting where an interest rate cut was approved, 7 of the 17 supported an immediate rate cut and saw the need for an additional rate cut later in 2019, another 5 of the 17 supported an immediate rate cut but anticipated no further action during 2019, and the final 5 of the 17 did not support the most recent rate cut or any other reductions in 2019(source: Federal Reserve).

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New residential construction in the US totaled 121,100 housing units in August 2019, its highest total recorded since August 2007.  The total includes 82,600 single family homes, 1,800 apartment buildings with 2-4 units and 36,700 apartment buildings with 5 or more units (source: Census Bureau).

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When banks and investors need to borrow cash on a short-term basis (e.g., overnight), other banks make their “excess” reserves available in multi-billion-dollar electronic transactions that take place late in the trading day.  In today’s interest rate world, the borrower would pay approximately 0.005% per day ($50,000 per day per $1 billion borrowed).  When the regular flow of “overnight” money (about $75 billion a day)disappeared on 9/16/19, lenders exploited the shortfall and the daily rate that was charged increased “fivefold,” i.e., a cost of $250,000 per day per $1 billion borrowed (source: Federal Reserve).

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