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With its perfect mix of historic architecture and modern landmarks, Cuban and Spanish culture-infused flavor, vibrant business districts, beautiful waterways and beaches, Tampa is a wonderful place to work, play and unwind.Land Home Financial Tampa

Its downtown has come alive in recent years with more urban parks, including the gorgeous Tampa Riverwalk, more hip bars and innovative restaurants and amazing restorations to turn-of-the-century buildings

Tampa is known for being a great city for all ages and tastes, offering hotel accommodations that fit any budget and catering to everyone from the families to outdoor adventure seekers to foodies and wine connoisseurs. Once known as a melting pot for all cultures and settlers, Tampa remains a welcoming place for those seeking fun, opportunity and a chance to try new things.

New Homes TampaFor its 2018 Housing Forecast, realtor.com rated the top 100 markets according to factors including employment growth, household growth and unemployment. In all categories, Tampa Bay fares considerably better than the national average. The biggest demand will continue to be for “moderately priced homes” under $300,000.00.

The one category in which the bay area especially shines is new-home starts, predicted to soar by more than 20 percent next year.

That would ease one of the biggest constraints on the local real estate market — a shortage of homes for sale.

This will help increase inventory because it creates new homes for existing homeowners to trade up to and frees up existing homes. Tampa is not expected to have brisk sales growth but 1.3 percent is a pretty healthy market from the sales side.


6 Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving

Host Like a Champ!

FB_Thanksgiving_leaves_2018Whether it is your first time hosting or you are a Turkey-serving veteran, Land Home Tampa realizes hosting a Thanksgiving dinner can be a lot of work. However, if you keep organized, hosting Thanksgiving in your home can be a wonderful experience, full of happy memories.

1. Never turn down help.

Land Home can help you with home buyingThe beauty of Thanksgiving is friends and family coming together. There is no reason for you to be in the kitchen by yourself! Divide and conquer. Don’t be afraid to delegate those side dishes. It will make the day all the more memorable having everyone be a part of the process.

2. Prep!

Avoid those “When will the food be ready?” questions by planning your menu ahead of time. There may even be a few dishes you could make the night before. If not, look for ways to cut down on prep time early like peeling the potatoes, chopping the vegetables, or toasting the nuts.

And don’t forget the place settings! You can also prep the non-food tasks beforehand. Set your table the night before to eliminate one more task the day of.

3. Stick to what works.

Land Home First Time home buyer helpThanksgiving is all about the classics so it may not be the best time to experiment with a new recipe. If you want to spice up the menu, try a practice round a week or two before to work out the kinks.

4. Don’t stress over appetizers.

Fancy appetizers can be overkill—you don’t want your guests getting full before dinner!  Some crudités or store-bought cheese and crackers are perfect for your guests to nibble on before the main event.

5. Store bought is okay!

Making everything from scratch is a wonderful gesture but it is usually too much work for one person. If you haven’t delegated a few things to some guests, don’t be afraid to buy freshly baked rolls or a pie from your favorite bakery.

6. Enjoy the company of your family and friends!

Land Home Financial Helping families celebrateAt the end of the day, Thanksgiving is about being thankful. Be sure to take a moment to relax and enjoy sharing a meal with those you love. Down the road, your guests will remember the laughs and the stories much more than they will remember the meal.

We hope that our tips on hosting a memorable Thanksgiving in your home have helped you, Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Land Home Financial Services, Inc.


Single-Family, Townhome or Condominium?

Which Home Style fits You?

Whether you’re first-time home buyer, downsizer, upgrader or simply just trying to picture your life owning your own space in Tampa, we’ve broken it down to give you positives and negatives to owning each style of dwelling.

Single Family Home

Owning a home can offer a variety of positives as well as considerations based on your goals and desires as a person, couple or growing family. Certainly a single-family offers more space for families that are growing. In addition, homes tend to be a better investment vehicle with generally a higher demand and freedom to build, expand and renovate as needed. Land Home Financial Single-Family Home

Considerations to owning a single-family home versus a townhome or condominium usually mount up in cost to maintain. Owners are typically responsible for all maintenance.

Condominium

Usually less expensive by equal comparison to a single-family home as the building maintenance is managed by the homeowner’s association for a monthly fee. These costs go to lawn maintenance, the common areas including the gym, pool, mail center, security gates and general property care. Land Home Financial Condominium

Considerations to owning a condominium would be that there is less space for growing families yet may be ideal for singles or couples as well a few others. They are generally a weaker investment than a home and harder to differentiate with less options in expansion and renovation.

 

Townhome

Owning a townhome generally can be less expensive than a single-family home due to the maintenance being offset through the association fees as well as minimal yard and garden spaces to maintain. Land Home Financial Townhouse

A townhome is a weaker investment compared to a home yet stronger than a condominium. Also, you have fewer neighbors as well as more property to enjoy. The same considerations with expansion and renovation apply when choosing a townhome over a single-family home.

Final Words

Life’s filled with endless opportunities such as travel, study, flatting, social events, must-have retail products, thoughts of marriage and possible children.

Home ownership is often the afterthought, in a series of decisions that ultimately affects our financial position and timing in acquiring our own piece of turf.

If you aren’t lucky to have your parents fund your travels or university, there are choices to be made: do you work and save for a house? Or do you travel? Or do you study then work and save for a house? Or do you get married and have children then work and save for a house?

The end result is that there is always going to be a sacrifice along the way. So if home ownership is your ultimate goal, something is going to have to take the back seat.

 


The Power Purchase Program

The Power to Purchase

Power Purchase Program:

Power Purchase owning a home

 

LHFS is launching our personalized Power Purchase Program that is competitively priced conventional loan program that requires only a 1% down payment from the homebuyer. Combined with a 2 % Power Purchase grant, the 3% combined equity results with a 97% eligible conforming loan. This program is available for both 1st time homebuyers and repeat homeowner buyers on their primary residence. Refinance transactions are not eligible.

 

First mortgage must meet FHLMC Home Possible Advantage eligibility. Effective 10.01.2017 the 2% Grant funds will be provided by a Non-Profit agency vs. the LHFS Funding It Forward. To be aware of: Conforming loan amounts only, no manual underwriting allowed, manufactured Housing is not allowed, additional subordinate financing not allowed, LTV 97.00%/CLTV 97.00% only, 100% AMI Income Limit Cap and a benefit of having Mortgage Insurance that is lower than 25% coverage cost vs. standard 30% on a 97% LTV!

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* Score over 720 will have a lower MI factor vs. Government products
* Score 620-719, please refer to the MI quote for monthly factor

 

Power Purchase Program Manufactured Housing

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LHFS is launching our personalized Power Purchase Program for Manufactured Housing that is competitively priced conventional loan program that requires only a 5% down payment from the homebuyer. Combined with a 2 % Power Purchase gift, the 5% combined equity results with a 95% eligible conforming loan. This program is available for both 1st time homebuyers and repeat homeowner buyers on their primary residence. Refinance transactions are not eligible.

 

 

 

Features:
• First mortgage must meet FHLMC Home Possible eligibility
• Conforming loan amounts only
• No Manual Underwriting allowed
• 3% minimum borrower cash investment requirement, Appraised value or Sales Price, whichever is lower
• 2% NHF 2% Grant contribution is in the form of a Grant, no repayment required
• Additional subordinate financing not allowed, LTV 95.00%/CLTV 95.00% only • 100% AMI Income Limit Cap

*Please note all percentages and statements are subject to change based on regulations that may arise. The use of hypothetical, predictive, and current statements, by Land Home Financial Services are meant to illustrate current operation standards.


Experience the Difference

Experience the Difference

At Land Home Financial we pride ourselves on smart communication to our buyers and expediting the process as efficient as possible. Experience the Difference with Land Home Financial and allow us to find you the perfect home mortgage product.

Land Home Financial VA Loan

Meet Ms. Annie M.: A spouse of a veteran that used her deceased husband’s VA eligibility.

We were able to offer her our Amazing VA Loan Program and the mortgage transaction closed with no lender fees, no down payment, no PMI and no funding fee.

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Meet Nicholas K! Land Home Financial Down Payment AssistanceHe was able to take full advantage of an “exclusive” option to Land Home, our HOUSE2HOME mortgage product!

He was able to save thousands with this down payment assistance program. Feels great helping like we do!!

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Before you get started, call us (813) 918-1620, we’ll do our diligence to get you pre-approved quickly and guide to the best home mortgage product for your situation. By being a Direct Community Lender, we simply provide programs that other lenders simply cannot offer!

 

 


6 Tips to Get Approved for a Home Mortgage Loan

Some people don’t know the first thing about getting a mortgage loan. Applicants who don’t recognize key differences in the application process from anything they’ve applied for are often disappointed when a lender denies their mortgage loan application. Here’s six tips to help you get approved.

Educating yourself is key, and there are a number of ways to avoid this heartache and disappointment when applying for a mortgage loan.

Getting Your Mortgage Loan Approved

Buying a house is already stressful and being ill-prepared heightens the anxiety. Why put yourself through this? Learn how to think like a lender and educate yourself on the best ways to get your mortgage loan approved:

1. Know Your Credit Score

It literally takes a few minutes to pull your credit report and order your credit score. But surprisingly, some future home buyers never review their scores and credit history before submitting a home loan application, assuming that their scores are high enough to qualify. And many never consider the possibility of identity theft. However, a low credit score and credit fraud can stop a mortgage application dead in its tracks.

Land Home Financial Mortgage Approval TipsCredit scores and credit activity have a major impact on mortgage approvals. In addition to higher credit score requirements, several missed payments, frequent lateness, and other derogatory credit information can stop mortgage approvals. Pay your bills on time, lower your debts, and stay on top of your credit report. Cleaning up your credit history beforehand and correcting errors on your report are key to keeping up a good credit score.

2. Save Your Cash

Requirements for getting a mortgage loan often change, and if you are considering applying for a home loan in the near future, be ready to cough up the cash. Walking into a lender’s office with zero cash is a quick way to get your home loan application rejected. Mortgage lenders are cautious: Whereas they once approved zero-down mortgage loans, they now require a down payment.

Down payment minimums vary and depend on various factors, such as the type of loan and the lender. Each lender establishes its own criteria for down payments but aim for a higher down payment if you have the means. Lenders attach this extra insurance to properties without 20% equity, and paying PMI increases the monthly mortgage payment. Get rid of PMI payments and you can enjoy lower, more affordable mortgage payments.

Saving Tips from Land Home FinancialAdditionally, down payments aren’t the only expense you must worry about. Getting a mortgage also involves closing costs, home inspections, home appraisals, title searches, credit report fees, application fees, and other expenses. Closing costs are roughly 3% to 5% of the mortgage balance – paid to your lender before you can seal the deal. Not to mention, the new furnishings that you will be eager to buy to fill empty spaces. Be careful and wait for at least three months until you settle in and understand the full picture.

3. Stay at Your Job

Sticking with your employer while going through the home buying process is crucial. Any changes to your employment or income status can stop or greatly delay the mortgage process.

Lenders approve your home loan based on the information provided in your application. Taking a lower-paying job or quitting your job to become self-employed throws a wrench in the plans, and lenders must reevaluate your finances to see if you still qualify for the loan.

4. Pay Down Debt and Avoid New Debt

You don’t need a zero balance on your credit cards to qualify for a mortgage loan. However, the less you owe your creditors, the better. Your debts determine if you can get a mortgage, as well as how much you can acquire from a lender. Lenders evaluate your debt-to-income ratio when approving the mortgage. If you have a high debt ratio because you’re carrying a lot of credit card debt, the lender can turn down your request or offer a lower mortgage.

Paying down your consumer debt before completing an application lowers your debt-to-income ratio and can help you acquire a better mortgage rate. But even if you’re approved for a mortgage with consumer debt, it’s important to avoid new debt while going through the mortgage process.

As a rule, avoid any major purchases until after you’ve closed on the mortgage loan. This can include financing a new car, purchasing home appliances with your credit card, or cosigning someone’s loan.

5. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage loan before looking at houses is emotionally and financially responsible. On one hand, you know what you can spend before bidding on properties. And on the other hand, you avoid falling in love with a house that you can’t afford.

The pre-approval process is fairly simple: Contact a mortgage lender, submit your financial and personal information, and wait for a response. Pre-approvals include everything from how much you can afford, to the interest rate you’ll pay on the loan. The lender prints a pre-approval letter for your records, and funds are available as soon as a seller accepts your bid. Though it’s not always that simple, it can be.

6. Know What You Can Afford

I know from personal experience that lenders do pre-approve applicants for more than they can afford. After receiving a pre-approval letter from our lender, my husband and I wondered whether they had read the right tax returns. We appreciated the lender’s generosity, but ultimately decided on a home that fit comfortably within our budget.

Don’t let lenders dictate how much you should spend on a mortgage loan. Lenders determine pre-approval amounts based on your income and credit report; however, they don’t factor in how much you spend on daycare, insurance, groceries, or fuel. Rather than purchase a more expensive house because the lender says you can, be smart and keep your housing expense within your means.

Final Thought

If you don’t meet the qualifications for a mortgage loan, don’t get discouraged. Instead, let it be motivation to improve your credit and finances. Many people have risen above credit problems, bankruptcy, foreclosure, and repossession specifically in order to purchase their first house. Just be sure to implement a realistic plan and stick to it.


Stay Within Your Budget When Buying a House

5 Budgeting Tips

A house is likely to be the most expensive purchase you’ll ever make. And if you’ve waited a long time for this day to come, you’ve undoubtedly thought about the features you desire – maybe you’re craving a huge master bedroom with walk-in closets, or perhaps a gourmet kitchen. We’ve listed five budgeting tips for you to follow that will help you out.

While you don’t want to skimp on the amenities you love, adding too many can drive up the cost and destroy your budget. By thinking about your long-term financial goals and assessing your budget before you buy, you can score the home you want without experiencing buyer’s remorse.

1. Establish a Firm Price Limit and a List of “Must Haves”

When you’re pre-approved for a mortgage, your bank determines how much they think you can afford to spend on a house. But don’t assume the number they provide is the amount you should spend.

Go online and use a mortgage calculator – after you enter a sale price, a loan term, and interest rate, the calculator estimates your monthly payment, including home-owners insurance, property taxes, and private mortgage insurance. Also, research whether there are other expenses you’ll need to work into your budget after buying a home.

5 Home Buying Budgeting Tips with Land Home FinancialFor instance, association dues, a lawn or pest service or possible higher utilities; these costs can really add up and eat into your monthly budget. If you decide in advance which amenities are “must-haves” and which would simply be nice to have, you’ll be in a better position to stay within budget when you start looking at homes.

 2. Keep Tabs on Your Real Estate Agent

Land Home Financial Realtor PartnersI’ve had only positive experiences with my real estate agents, but not everyone is as lucky. Good agents respect your finances and only show you homes you can afford.

That being said, some agents may try to push the envelope and recommend properties outside your price point. Be firm and stick to your guns.

3. Don’t Compare Yourself to Others

It’s very easy to fall into the cycle of “compare and despair.” This is a nasty cycle to fall into, especially when it comes to buying a home. A house isn’t a pair of shoes or an expensive handbag – if you overspend when buying a house, it isn’t easy to recover from the mistake.

Rather than obsessing over the fact that your friend bought a house with an outdoor kitchen, offer your congratulations, and then get excited about what your budget can do for you. Maybe you’ll have four bedrooms instead of two, or you’ll have a gas oven instead of an electric one. Then, think about the ways you’ll benefit from staying within your budget, such as maintaining a healthy vacation or a retirement fund or starting a college fund for your kids.

4. Avoid Bidding Wars

Competing with other buyers is no picnic, and to win a bidding war, you often have to increase your offer. This isn’t necessarily bad, as long as you’re able to stay within budget – however, bidding wars can get out of hand quickly.

If you get caught in a bidding frenzy, you could end up spending more than you want. Decide how much you’re willing to pay for a particular house in advance, and resist the urge to exceed that limit. In other words, be willing to walk away.

5. Bid on Houses That Aren’t Selling

Some buyers shy away from homes that have been on the market for a long time, assuming that there must be some hidden defect. But sometimes, a home’s inability to sell is much more simple. For instance, maybe it just has bad curb appeal, or there’s too much inventory in a particular market.

Therefore, it is important that you do not automatically rule out a house just because it has been sitting for a long time. If anything, seek out these houses. The seller is probably motivated and willing to drop the asking price to move the property.

Even if the seller isn’t willing to drop the price, there are still more opportunities for negotiation when a home has been on the market for months. If you can identify the reason the property hasn’t sold, then you can ask the seller to reduce the home’s asking price or provide a cash allowance for the fix.

If you’re still concerned about possible hidden defects, state in your bid that the offer is subject to a satisfactory home inspection – which is a good idea no matter what.

Final Word

Staying within budget when buying a house takes discipline, so you must approach the buying process with care. Know what you’re willing to spend, and refuse to look at homes listed above your budget. If you’re unable to find a suitable property after a few weeks or months, revisit your budget to see if you have any wiggle room. If not, hold out – it’s only a matter of time before the right house comes along.

 


We’ll Take the Lost for You

We Lost for You to Gain

Nonbanks lost money originating mortgages so far this year, as per-loan profitability plunged into negative territory for just the second time in a decade, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) recently reported. Regardless, we are here to see you to get into your dream home!

Nonbanks reported a net loss of $118 per loan, down from a gain of $237 in the fourth quarter, the trade group said. The cause of this year’s loss was lower mortgage volume.

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In the first quarter of 2018, falling volume drove net production profitability into the red for only the second time since the inception of our report in the third quarter of 2008,” said Marina Walsh, MBA’s vice president of industry analysis.

“While production revenues per loan actually increased in the first quarter, we also reached a study-high for total production expenses at $8,957 per loan, as volume dropped.”

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Walsh said the losses were somewhat offset by increased servicing revenue.

Overall production expenses rose into new record territory. Total expenses increased by $482 per loan over the quarter to $8,857 per loan. Production expenses per loan were $2,733 higher in the first quarter of this year than the long-run average expense of $6,224 going back to 2008, the trade group said.

Driven by a sharp drop in rate-term refinancing activity, MBA is forecasting that overall mortgage volume will end the year down this year, clocking in at around $1.6 trillion, which is down about 6 percent from 2017.

Mortgage Application Volume

On a positive hopeful note, home-purchase loan volume is anticipated to gain about 5 percent, to $1.17 trillion, according to MBA’s most recent forecast. Now is the time to buy, stop renting and allow Land Home Financial to assist you with the right product.


Homeownership Month is Here

June is Homeownership Month

Land Home Financial and its new homeowners are celebrating National Homeownership Month in June. And with good reason: New research shows a household’s primary residence is its largest asset and continues to provide an important building block for long-term financial security.

One Quarter of All Assets

The latest edition of the Survey of Consumer Finances, published by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, reports that the primary residence accounts for about one-quarter of all assets held by households in 2016, ahead of other financial assets, business interests and retirement accounts.

Land Home Financial Homeownership month in June“Homeownership is a primary source of net worth for many Americans, and is an important step in accumulating personal financial assets over the long term,” said Randy Noel, NAHB chairman and a custom home builder.

Land Home Financial Loan Officers and Realtor Partners have a great opportunity to promote the benefits of homeownership during National Homeownership Month. Let’s see as many as we can get into a new home. With our mortgage products, expertise and sincere care, we can do it!!

Owning a Home Stabilizes Families

To have a place called “home” is priceless in stabilizing the growth and security of each member of the family. When a parent knows that their kids are safe, happy and have a place of their own, then they can be all they can be to provide for their household. For a child to know that their home and life is stable enables them to be free to  grow, play and learn to be the best they can be and enjoy living.


5 Things to know about Single-Family Home Investing

Single-Family Home Investing

  1. Know your investing criteria first

With any investment, be it stocks, bonds or real estate, you need to know what your objectives are and it is no different with single-family home investing. If you’re focused on safety and security, consider exploring low-risk investment homes that generate steady, reliable yield. An example of this may be a more expensive investment property in a good school district. You’re going to get a lower yield, but you may see better downside protection and less volatility. If you have a longer-term horizon or you’re seeking higher returns, you may want to take on a little more risk. Often, lower-priced homes will be more risky, but you may get higher yields and potentially higher long-term returns.

  1. Don’t limit your investment property search to where you live

If your primary residence, income property, and job are all located in the same area, you have a lot of concentrated risk and are more vulnerable to the swings of the local economy. An online marketplace for buying and selling leased single-family rental homes, spread risk by investing in markets outside of where they live. (Hiring a local property manager or a “local community lender” like Land Home Financial is key here.)

Diversification is just one reason to expand your investment property search. You won’t be able to find a great income property for $100,000 in Seattle, Denver, or Oakland, Calif.; but you can if focus on the Midwest, South and Southeast, including Florida.

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  1. Separate investing from operations

One of the appeals of investing in single-family rental homes is you can hire strong local property management firms to handle day-to-day management tasks of rent collection, repairs and maintenance, and leasing. Over the past several years, property managers have adopted new technologies and business processes to manage homes more effectively for owners.

While some people do choose to self-manage, hiring a property manager can save you a lot of time and potentially money in the long run. While property management companies typically charge between 7% and 8% of the rent, they manage properties for a living and can work to ensure the property is leased, in good condition, and the tenants are happy. Additionally, using a local property manager effectively allows you to buy properties outside of where you live, as self-managing is difficult if the property is not nearby.

  1. Real estate investing is a marathon, not a sprint

You might be familiar with the house-flipping reality TV shows in which a person buys a home, fixes it up, and sells quickly for a profit. While that can be an effective way to make a one-time profit, it’s the exact opposite of how you should approach single-family rental home investing, which is about building long-term wealth. Instead, treat it like a nest egg.

In addition, don’t be overly influenced or reactive to short-term fluctuations in your rental property portfolio. You may own a home for a few months and have to deal with a tenant moving out unexpectedly, but the next tenant might reside there for several years before you have another vacancy. Look at this investment over a multi-year horizon and consider your overall outlays and inflows over that long timespan. If you buy a decent house in a decent area, the returns tend to be quite attractive over time and can add a nice counterbalance to other types of investments.

  1. Take advantage of the tools and resources available to you

New developments in technology and data access are making real estate ownership more broadly accessible to the everyday investor.

Single-family rental homes currently is a $3 trillion industry, with 1 million homes trading hands among investors every year. The investment opportunities are ripe, and never has it been less complicated for investors to buy and own homes outside their geographic location.

*Whether you are buying or selling, Land Home Financial can assist. We have developed Partner Relationship all over Florida to accommodate our customers*


Builders Confidence Climbs to 70 in May

Builder Confidence in the Market

Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes rose two points to 70 in May after a downwardly revised April reading on the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). This is the fourth time the HMI has reached 70 or higher this year.

“The solid May report shows that builders are buoyed by growing consumer demand for single-family homes,” said NAHB Chairman Randy Noel. “However, the record high cost of lumber is hurting builders’ bottom lines and making it more difficult to produce competitively priced houses for newcomers to the market.”

“Tight housing inventory, employment gains and demographic tailwinds should continue to boost demand for newly built single-family homes,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “With these fundamentals in place, the housing market should improve at a steady, gradual pace in the months ahead.”

Derived from a monthly survey that NAHB has been conducting for 30 years, the HMI gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “good,” “fair” or “poor.” The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “high to very high,” “average” or “low to very low.” Scores for each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor.Builder Confidence in Land Home Financial

The HMI chart gauging current sales conditions increased two points to 76 in May while the indexes measuring buyer traffic and expectations in the next six months remained unchanged at 51 and 77, respectively.

Looking at the three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores, the West and Northeast held steady at 76 and 55, respectively. Meanwhile, the South and Midwest each edged down one point to respective levels of 72 and 65.

See detailed tables at nahb.org/hmi. More information on housing statistics is also available at housingeconomics.com.