Friday, June 25, 2010

Are Things Looking Up in Harris County?

After reaching a post 2007 low in January, the median home price and home sales in Harris County, Texas bounced back in March. Is this a long term trend?

Take a look at the chart below:

Notice that the March 2010 sales figure returned to apporximately the same level as March 2009. We will continue to monitor this trend (if it is a positive trend in future months). What are your thoughts?

Friday, June 11, 2010

Conventional Mortgage Originations Drop!

The title of my blog post today is not necessarily a big surprise but the magnitude of this drop may be surprising to you. My chart below shows the monthly Conventional loan originations (Purchase and Refinance combined) from January 2009 to April 2010. When comparing January 2009 to January 2010, you can really see how drastic the drop has been in Conventional loan originations.

In January 2009, there was 389,460 Conventional loans as compared with January 2010 at 260,326 loans. See the chart below.

We will monitor this and see what happens over the summer.