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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 ›

Consumer Credit Decreases in August

The Federal Reserve’s latest G.19 Consumer Credit Report shows trends in consumer credit, excluding loans secured by real estate, through August 2020. In August, consumer credit decreased at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2 percent from the previous month, with revolving debt1 decreasing at a staggering rate of 11-1/4 percent and nonrevolving debt2 increasing by 3/4 percent. Consumer credit… Read More ›

Refinancing Activity Surges

For the week ending October 2, 2020, the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Application Survey, showed a 4.6% increase in overall mortgage activity from the previous week on a seasonally adjusted basis, as seen in its Market Composite Index. The growth was driven primarily by the Refinancing Index, which shot up by 8.2% from the previous week, driven by a drop… Read More ›

Home Values, Owners’ Equity Rise in 2Q20

As the novel coronavirus took hold in the second quarter, households’ market values continued to rise, per second quarter 2020 Federal Reserve Flow of Funds report. In the second quarter, the aggregate value of all household mortgages rose by $80 billion to $10.6 trillion, while the aggregate value of the households’ market values, i.e., that of all owner-occupied real estate… Read More ›

Suburban Shift for Home Building in Q2 2020

The Q2 2020 results of NAHB’s Home Building Geography Index (HBGI) show geographical trends of the home building industry as the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, spread quickly through the United States. Although the pandemic caused widespread economic impacts for many businesses, housing has weathered the economic storm, rebounding quickly from an April slump. Moreover, data from the second quarter NAHB HBGI… Read More ›