Now we have people like JPMC’s Jaime Dimon speculating about 7 rates increases in 2022 and other bankers speculating about a faster than expected withdrawal of the The Fed’s monetary stimulus in the form of asset purchases, we have to anticipate what the result will be in markets.
Like what will happen to housing starts if and when the stimulus is removed.
Today, we saw 1-unit housing starts fall 2.25% from November to December, but multifamily (5+ unit) starts rise 13.7%.
Of course, home price growth of near 20% YoY combined with declining REAL hourly earnings points to more multifamily housing and less single-family detached housing.
Here is the rest of the story, as Paul Harvey used to say. 5+ unit permits are up 19.9% in December while 1-unit permits are up 1.99%.