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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 ›

Q2 2020 National Delinquency Survey

Amid widespread job losses and other economic hardship resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, all the U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia experienced quarterly percentage increases in home loans past due, according to the seasonally adjusted Q2 2020 results of the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Q2 2020 National Delinquency Survey. In the second quarter of this year, on… Read More ›

Mortgage Applications Decrease Slightly

The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) latest Weekly Application shows a slight decrease in applications for the week ending July 24, 2020. The Market Composite Index decreased by 0.8% from the previous week on a seasonally adjusted basis. Refinancing activity, one of its determinants, decreased by 0.4% from the previous week, while purchasing activity decreased slightly more by 1.5%. The MBA’s… Read More ›

Home Refinancing Surges

The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) latest Weekly Application shows an uptick in applications for the week ending July 10, 2020. The Market Composite Index increased by 5.1% from the previous week on a seasonally adjusted basis, owing mainly to the surge in refinancing activity of 11.9% compared to a week before. The increase was partially offset by the slowdown of… Read More ›

Correlation Between Low Housing Supply and Purchase Loan Size

Despite the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) tracked 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage rate moving further downward, by one basis point from the previous week to a new record low of 3.29%, mortgage activity slowed, per the latest Weekly Application Survey. The Market Composite Index, representing purchasing and refinancing activities, decreased by 1.8% on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier, with… Read More ›

Virus Impacts: Single-Family and Multifamily Market Concentrations

The first quarter of 2020 witnessed a shift in home building towards less population-dense housing markets in the United States, a trend which was greatly hastened by the onset of COVID-19. While most states issued statewide stay-at-home orders with exemption for construction, some of the hardest-hit states had no exemptions for construction when the pandemic first hit. While NAHB’s Home… Read More ›