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US housing market in ‘deep recession' as homebuilder confidence tanks: economist

Added 09-19-22 02:18:03pm EST - “Housing has been "in a tailspin for the whole of this year," a prominent economist said.” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “US housing market in ‘deep recession’ as homebuilder confidence tanks: economist”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The US housing market is in the midst of a “deep recession” that could put pressure on the Federal Reserve to ease up on interest rate hikes, a prominent economist warned on Monday.

Home builder confidence declined for the ninth straight month in September as surging mortgage rates and steep prices priced many buyers out of the market, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

Builder confidence fell to its lowest level since 2014 when excluding the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the index showed.

The prolonged downturn in confidence shows the housing market has been “in a tailspin for the whole of this year,” according to Pantheon Macroeconomics Chief Economist Ian Shepherdson.

“Activity tracks mortgage applications with a lag, and the early September numbers are grim, even before the full hit from the rebound in mortgage rates in recent weeks works through,” Shepherdson said in a note to clients on Monday.

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