Home Loans and New Home Sales Continue to Increase, Even With Increased Rates
Home Loan Colorado and the housing recovery are on a normal trajectory and gradual increases in home loan Denver interest rates won’t slow it down, according to Home Builder Lennar CEO Stuart Miller.
With home loan Iowa interest rates at historic lows, Miller expects that as home loan Nebraska and home loan Omaha rates move up, slight increases “are not going to stop the progress forward” of the housing recovery. “Housing continues to find its rebound and gain strength,” he said. “Over the past five years we have under-constructed for a growing household formation that has been stymied by economic downdrafts.”
Miller estimates that the country needed 1.25 million to 1.5 million homes per year over the past few years, but instead only about 500,000 homes were constructed. “We’re going to have to catch back up in order to serve the needs of a growing population,” he said. “We have to make up for the deficit we’ve had in the past years.”
The key force is a tight supply of housing exacerbated by a lack of land availability, he said. “What you’re seeing with the builders is an inability to really get the land that we need to be able to build the homes to meet the demand,” he said. “So you have inventories that are very, very low, and that is driving prices up.”
Miller also said that the cost of commodities for builders is a “mixed bag”
and that prices of homes are rising faster than costs. “I don’t think you can read a lot from costs,” he said, adding that although costs of raw materials are going down, other factors, like labor, are getting more expensive.
“We’re starting to see a real recovery in housing that is not likely to be pulled back,” he said.