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The mortgage rates have risen higher than many economists have predicted. Increasing mortgage rates have not yet tipped the balance in residential construction - not yet. My focus is on "long early indicators", i.e. business statistics that are usually one year or more ahead of macroeconomic developments.

Maybe the individual of those I have most often debated is living. Among these indictors, residential construction is somewhat one-of-a-kind. However, residential construction is at the crossroads of all three: output through home construction, final consumers through enormous expenditure on everything to do with living, and financing through mortgage loans.

Last year, the big issue was how the rise in interest rates and ever-increasing price levels could at last take a bit out of the mart. To investigate this and put this morning's reports on residential approvals and launches into perspective, I would first like to take a back seat and give you a "big picture" of the residential properties information - because there is a model in the order in which residential property is changing.

Like I mentioned in the past, even if "too high" pricing causes the drop in revenue, revenue will turn first, even if it rises for a while. To show the order I have outlined above, let's begin with interest rates (inverted, blue) and turnover, based on single-family house approvals (red): As you can see, higher interest rates in 2014 and last year again led to a deceleration (though not a decline) in residential building approvals.

Given that the processing times vary on avarage between 6 and 9 month, this strongly indicates that the granting of approvals should be stagnant. What am I doing concentrating on single-family homes? This is because they are the least volatile of all building datasets and are just as prominent as the total approvals (first chart below) and slightly more dominant than the residential construction launches (second chart below) (these do not contain this morning's data):

It is also *much* less than the new home purchases, which are also very much revised: To return to our sequentiell Paradigma, let us now check the same registration code against the selling price (measured by the Case Shiller Index): The selling has quoted the price for about 12 month. Recently, although the effect has acknowledgedly been small, the YoY% increase in residential construction has slightly picked up, about a year after the YoY summit.

Lastly, we are comparing our price (green) with the stock in the shape of new buildings for selling (purple): you can see, especially in the years 2005-13, that the price of housing peaked and bottomed about 3 to 6 month before intakes. Even though the stocktaking is much more flexible, the general tendency in recent years for new housing is that the stocktaking has increased.

Mortgage rates have increased significantly over the past 24-month period. Was it enough to disappoint apartment selling? Considering the above order, we take a look at today's overall case launches (blue) and registration dates (red): These are the less volatile detached launches (blue) and permissions (red):

There' been a strong deviation this time. Whilst the launches - for both total and single-family households - remained close to the one-year low and at a level no better than the annual mean two years ago, approvals recovered. The most important thing is that the approvals for single-family homes recovered to a five-month high and only 2% below their February high.

The most important thing is that both overall and single-family approvals declined this year a few short months before the start of the programme. It looks as if this permission is going to recover strongly, suggesting that the beginnings will come in a year or two. In fact, the general YoY% increase in approvals has been a slowdown, but not nearly enough to become negative:

Again, because permissions tended to pass beginnings through a month or so, I anticipate beginnings to better toward good permission numbers next month. What's more, I'm looking forward to the next one. Relatively good headlines from the approvals are particularly important as this is the first 4 weeks trading mean of buy mortgage requests in several years to be down this weekend at a level near an 18 months low.

Finally, while we are nearing the point where higher interest rates and higher inflation are enough to get over the strong demand for residential construction, we do not seem to be quite there yet.

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