Housing Boom Cooling? Manhattan Office Supply Hits Another Record…

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Housing boom may be cooling as weekly mortgage demand drops again

  • The average interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 3.17% from 3.18% last week, but the Mortgage Bankers Association said applications for a mortgage to purchase a home fell 3% and were 2% lower than the same week a year ago.
  • “Tight housing inventory, obstacles to a faster rate of new construction, and rapidly rising home prices continues to hold back purchase activity,” said Joel Kan, an MBA economist.

High prices and low supply are finally taking some of the heat out of the housing market.

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Even with interest rates falling slightly, mortgage application volume fell 4% last week from the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s seasonally adjusted index. It fell to the lowest level since February 2020.

Applications for a mortgage to purchase a home fell 3% for the week and were 2% lower than a year ago. This is the second straight week that purchase demand was lower than a year earlier, even though mortgage rates are still lower.

Manhattan Office Supply Hits Another Record…

(Bloomberg) — Manhattan’s supply of office space has reached a fresh record even as leasing picks up.

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The availability rate rose for a 12th consecutive month in May to 17%, according to a report Tuesday from Colliers. Since the pandemic started last March, the amount of space up for grabs jumped 70% to a total of 92 million square feet (8.5 million square meters).

There are signs that demand is turning a corner. Leasing climbed 8% from last May, while average asking rents ticked up 0.4% to $73.26 a square foot.

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