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Construction Spending Up in February

Construction spending rose 1.2 percent month-over-month in February, according to the Census Bureau. On an annual basis, construction spending was up 7.9 percent in February, reaching an annual rate of $885.1 billion. Residential construction spending increased 2.2 percent over the month, while nonresidential construction spending increased 0.4 percent. Within the residential sector, multifamily construction spending decreased in February while single-family construction spending rose.

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Commentary: No News Is…

The explanation from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) for the drop in the Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) for February has to be viewed with a jaundiced eye. According to the NAR, the PHSI dropped because of the low inventory of homes for sale. Of course, that wasn't offered as an explanation one month earlier, when the inventory of homes for sale dropped to its lowest level since December 1999 and the PHSI increased. But when the PHSI fell in February, and the inventory of homes for sale increased, the still-low inventory became a convenient excuse.

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Survey: 1 in 5 U.S. Households Reside in a Multifamily Rental

The Census Bureau and HUD released the results of its new 2012 Rental Housing Finance Survey, revealing that one in five American households live in multifamily rental buildings. The survey, which was conducted in the winter and early spring of 2012, found that there are nearly 2.3 million multifamily rental properties in the United States, 67 percent of which are owned by households or individuals. Among other findings: 1,337, or 59.4 percent, of multifamily rental properties examined in the survey have at least one mortgage.

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Report: Booming Multifamily Sector Lacks Affordable Housing

The rental market may be flourishing, but finding decent, affordable housing is still a challenge for many renters, especially among the lower-income households, the National Low Income Housing Coalition revealed in a recent report titled Out of Reach 2013. A person working full-time would need to make about $18.79 an hour to afford a decent apartment, yet the hourly wage earned by the average renter is $14.32, according to the report. Among extremely low income (ELI) renter households, affordable housing is an even greater issue. The report estimates there are 10.1 million ELI renters in the country, and 76 percent of the ELI rental segment spends over half of their income on housing costs.

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Commercial, Multifamily Debt Grows in Q4

In the fourth quarter of 2012, commercial and multifamily mortgage debt continued to grow, reaching the highest level in four years, according to a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). Commercial and multifamily mortgage debt was up by $21.8 billion, or 0.9 percent, from the previous quarter and up $29.7 billion, or 1.2 percent, from the fourth quarter of 2011, the MBA reported.

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Multifamily, Commercial Loans Fared Better During Recession: MBA

When economic times were especially shaky, commercial and multifamily mortgages stood firmly in place compared to other loan types held by banks and thrifts, according to a DataNote from the Mortgage Bankers Association. For example, during the recession, the association noted the amount of commercial and multifamily mortgage debt extended and held by financial institutions remained steady. In addition, commercial and multifamily mortgages had the lowest charge-off rates compared to other loan types.

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Survey Profiles Population of Single-Family Renters

The fast-growing population of single-family renters is more likely to dwell in their home for longer periods of time compared to multifamily occupants, which suggests demand for single-family rentals offers greater stability than the multifamily market, according to a new survey from Premier Property Management Group. In a survey of renters conducted by ORC International, 26 percent of single-family renters said they were more likely to stay in their current home five or more years compared to 22 percent of apartment dwellers. Single-family renters were also characterized as earning more income, but are more likely to have a bigger household.

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Report Recommends More Supervision for GSEs’ Multifamily Businesses

The Office of the Inspector General for the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA-OIG) says in a new report that the agency needs to provide better guidance for investigators examining the GSEs' multifamily loan portfolios. Given the size of their investment and their dominant role in the secondary market, OIG says it is ""imperative"" for FHFA--as conservator of the GSEs--to supervise Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's multifamily businesses and ensure underwriting standards are being upheld.

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Risk of Default for Renters Down from Year Ago, Up Quarterly

Renters across the country are less likely to default compared to a year ago, but the risk of not fulfilling lease obligations has increased on a quarterly basis, according to CoreLogic’s SafeRent Renter Applicant Risk (RAR) index report. With an index value above 100 indicating less risk, CoreLogic's national index stood at 103 in the Q4 2012, up from 101 in Q4 2011, but down from 106 in Q3 2012.

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Starts Plunge in January; Permits at 4 1/2-Year High

Housing starts plunged 8.5 percent in January--the steepest drop in two years--to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 890,000, the Census Bureau and HUD reported jointly Wednesday. Applications for residential permits rose 1.8 percent to a rate of 925,000, the highest level since June 2008. Economists had expected start activity to drop to 914,000 in January from the initial report for December of 954,000 starts. Permits, according to the consensus forecast, were expected to increase to 920,000 from the original report of 903,000 in December.

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