U.S. home construction starts jumped in June, buoying builders: Stocks rally

By: |
Updated: Jul 19, 2020 11:33 AM

The tumble in mortgage rates, which dipped below 3% this week, has fueled a flood of applications for loans to purchase homes.

 U.S. Home construction, Buying a new home, economy, real estate market, COVID-19, mortgage,High unemployment and a possible second wave of Covid-19 are also risks for the housing market.

Bloomberg: U.S. home construction starts rose 17% in June, with builders ramping up production as lockdowns eased.

Residential starts jumped to an annualized rate of 1.19 million, according to a government report released Friday. That matched the median forecast in a Bloomberg survey. The month-over-month increase was the biggest since October 2016, while the rate remains 4% below the level in June 2019.

Investing Abroad Made Simple
Powered by:
What is your goal?
Buy a home in US
What is your goal?
Holidaying in the US
What is your goal?
Medical treatment abroad
What is your goal?
Invest Globally
What is your goal?
Children’s education

Applications to build, a proxy for future construction, climbed 2.1% to a 1.24 million rate, missing estimates. The Commerce Department said single-family starts rose 17% compared with a month earlier.

Builders were hammered when the coronavirus outbreak shut down the U.S. economy in March and froze the real estate market. But the stocks of those companies have rallied, with an index that tracks the industry closing on Thursday at its highest level since March 4. It rose as much as 2.3% on Friday after the June numbers were released.

Rates Slide

The tumble in mortgage rates, which dipped below 3% this week, has fueled a flood of applications for loans to purchase homes. But with virus cases spiking across the U.S., there are fears that the economic recovery could stall. High unemployment and a possible second wave of Covid-19 are also risks for the housing market.

Inventory of existing homes has been tight as some sellers, wary of listing amid the shaky economy, have stayed on the sidelines. That means new houses are taking a bigger share of the market, according to Matthew Pointon, U.S. property economist at Capital Economics.

Buying a new home is a convenient option during a pandemic because so much can be done without leaving the house, from virtual tours to getting a mortgage from the builder, he said. And some buyers are eager to leave cities and move to the suburbs where new home communities are sprouting, he said.

“Homebuilders will be keen to ramp up production — their confidence has already bounced back from the dip,” Pointon said. “Some people prefer getting a newer, cleaner home rather than a dirty old one because of the virus.”

Get live Stock Prices from BSE, NSE, US Market and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Financial Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest Biz news and updates.

Next Stories
1‘Too big to fail’ is the new mantra for bulls in U.S. stock market
2U.S. manufacturing index expands at fastest pace since March 2019
3More HNIs look for international investment opportunities for high returns, tax advantage