US Housing Starts, Permits Collapse In May

US Housing Starts, Permits Collapse In May

Amid surging layoffs in the real estate market, slumping homebuilder sentiment, soaring rates and plunging mortgage applications, it is no surprise that analysts expected a drop in Housing Starts and Permits in May (-1.8% MoM and -2.5% MoM respectively). Those numbers were destroyed as Housing Starts crashed 14.4% MoM and Permits plunged 7.0% MoM…

Source: Bloomberg

This is the biggest drop in housing starts since the economy was shutdown by the government in April 2020.

Starts have fallen to their lowest since April 2021 and Permits to their lowest since Sept 2021.

Source: Bloomberg

And given where homebuilder sentiment is going, we suspect permits (forward-looking) will only get worse…

Source: Bloomberg

And given the layoffs are already starting, we suspect the new home inventory won’t get any help anytime soon as affordability crashes to multi-decade lows.

Tyler Durden
Thu, 06/16/2022 – 08:36

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