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Refinancing Soars in First Full Week of New Year

The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) latest Weekly Application Survey shows that, for the week ending January 8, 2021, mortgage application activity increased by 16.7% from the prior week on a seasonally adjusted basis, as indicated by its Market Composite Index. One of its two constituent indexes, the Purchasing Index, increased by 8% from the previous week while the other, the… Read More ›

Multifamily Construction Shifts to Lower Density Markets in 3Q20

Multifamily construction shifted into less dense markets during the third quarter of 2020, per the latest NAHB Homebuilding Geography Index (HBGI). This change is similar to the evolving geography for single-family home building, as housing demand moved to lower cost, more affordable markets. The multifamily data confirm that these shifts in demand are not just occurring for single-family home building… Read More ›

Treasury-Mortgage Spread Significantly Narrows in November

In November, the yield on the 10-year Treasury trended upwards while the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate, as measured by Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS), continued to fall. Thus, the widely tracked spread between these two indicators, i.e. the spread, narrowed. The above figure shows that, per the latest month’s data, the spread was as low as 179 basis… Read More ›

Suburban Shift for Home Construction Continues into Third Quarter

A trend of higher demand for housing in lower-density areas reported in the second quarter National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Home Building Geography Index (HBGI) has persisted into the fall, as single-family and multifamily construction continued to overperform in lower cost markets like suburbs and exurbs. The third quarter HBGI reveals that a suburban shift for consumer home buying… Read More ›

Treasury-Mortgage Spread Significantly Narrows in October

In October 2020, the spread between the 10-year Treasury yield and the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate, as measured by Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS), significantly narrowed as Treasury rates were pushed upward in anticipation of a vaccine breakthrough and a rebound in the labor market and as mortgage rates remained low. At the beginning of October, the 10-year… Read More ›

Open-Ended Credit Rebounds in Third Quarter

The Federal Reserve’s latest G.19 Consumer Credit Report shows trends in consumer credit, excluding loans secured by real estate, through September 2020. In the third quarter of 2020, consumer credit increased at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2-1/4 percent, while nonrevolving credit increased by 4 percent and revolving credit decreased by 2-1/2 percent. In September, consumer credit increased at… Read More ›

Six Months of Year-over-Year Gains for Purchase Mortgages

The Mortgage Bankers Association’s latest Weekly Application Survey shows that, for the week ending October 30, 2020, mortgage application activity increased by 3.8% from the prior week on a seasonally adjusted basis, as indicated by its Market Composite Index. One of its two constituent indexes, the Purchasing Index, decreased by 0.1% from the previous week while the other, the Refinance… Read More ›

Upper End of Mortgage Market in Full Swing

The Mortgage Bankers Association’s latest Weekly Application Survey shows that, for the week ending October 23, 2020, mortgage application activity increased by 1.7% from the prior week on a seasonally adjusted basis, as indicated by its Market Composite Index. Its two constituent indexes, the Purchasing Index and the Refinance Index, increased by 1.7% and 0.2%, respectively. The MBA’s tracked 30-year… Read More ›

Year-over-Year Mortgage Gains Continue

For the week ending October 9, 2020, the Mortgage Bankers Association Weekly Application Survey showed a 0.7% drop in overall application activity from the previous week on a seasonally adjusted basis, as shown in its Market Composite Index. The constituent indices for Purchase and Refinance decreased by 1.6% and 0.3%, respectively, for the week. Despite the weekly declines, year-over-year gains… Read More ›

Mortgage-Treasury Spread Trended Lower in September

In September 2020 and thru the first week of the 2020’s fourth quarter, the 10-year Treasury Constant Maturity rate trended slightly higher, while the 30-year fixed mortgage rate, as determined by Freddie Mac’s Primary Market Mortgage Survey (PMMS), trended lower. The net result of these movements was that the overall spread trended lower in September. The PMMS’s latest mortgage rate… Read More ›