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Monday, April 21, 2014

Tuesday: Existing Home Sales, Richmond Fed Mfg Survey

by Calculated Risk on 4/21/2014 06:59:00 PM

Another builder reports below consensus results, from housing economist Tom Lawler: NVR: Net Orders Off Despite Jump in Community Count; Increased Mortgage Regulations Hit Mortgage Banking Income

NVR, Inc. the nation’s fourth largest home builder with a heavy concentration in the Mid-Atlantic region, reported that net home orders in the quarter ended March 31, 2014 totaled 3,325, down 5.3% from the comparable quarter of 2013. The company’s sales cancellation rate, expressed as a % of gross orders, was 12% last quarter, down from 13% a year ago. The company’s average community count last quarter was 481, up 10.6% from the comparable quarter of 2013. Home settlements totaled 2,211 last quarter, down 2.7% from the comparable quarter of 2013, at an average settlement price of $361,400, up 9.4% from a year ago. The company’s order backlog at the end of March was 6,059, down 2.5% from last March.

NVR’s operating income from its mortgage banking operation plunged by 91% from a year ago last quarter, with the decline attributed to a “more competitive” mortgage lending market, as well as higher G&A expenses “due to increased staffing in response to increased mortgage regulations and expected higher loan volume.”

NVR owned or controlled 65,800 lots at the end of March, up 10.2% from last March.

The company’s overall results last quarter were well below “consensus.”
• Early, the Black Knight "First Look" at Mortgage performance (delinquencies and foreclosures) in March.

• At 9:00 AM ET, the FHFA House Price Index for February 2013. This was original a GSE only repeat sales, however there is also an expanded index. The consensus is for a 0.3% increase.

• At 10:00 AM, the Existing Home Sales for March from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The consensus is for sales of 4.56 million on seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) basis. Sales in February were at a 4.60 million SAAR. Economist Tom Lawler estimates the NAR will report sales of 4.64 million SAAR.

• Also at 10:00 AM, the Richmond Fed Survey of Manufacturing Activity for April. The consensus is for a reading of 0, up from -7 in March.