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Housing Starts Grew in June

Housing starts increased to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.215 million in June, 8.3% above the revised May rate of 1.122 million and 2.1% above the June 2016 rate. Housing activity increased 1.6% in the West and jumped 83.7% in the Northeast. The Midwest’s housing activity grew 22.0%, while the South’s decreased 3.8%. New building permits increased during the ...

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Builder Confidence Declines Slightly in July

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index slowed to 64 in July, a two point decrease from July’s downwardly revised reading of 66. “Our members are telling us they are growing increasingly concerned over rising material prices, particularly lumber,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald, a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas. “This is hurting housing affordability even ...

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N.Y. Fed Sees Rise in Credit Rejection Rates

Individuals who have applied for credit reported higher rejection rates in June than they reported in February, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's latest Credit Access Survey released today, which gauges consumers' experiences and expectations regarding credit over the previous year.

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ABA Outlines Tax Reform Priorities in Letter to Sen. Hatch

As tax reform discussions continue on Capitol Hill and with legislation potentially moving in the coming months, ABA President and CEO Rob Nichols today shared the association’s views on tax reform in a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).

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