Tag Archive for ‘coronavirus’

Home Purchasing Continues Gains

The latest round of the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Application Survey showed a decline in its benchmark Market Composite Index for the week ending on May 29 by 3.9% from the previous week on a seasonally adjusted basis. Refinancing activity, fell sharply from the previous week by 8.6%. However, purchase application activity rose by 5.3%. Continuing the trend that… Read More ›

HBGI: Increased Home Building in Lower-Density Markets Ahead

The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to hasten a housing trend already taking place across the nation – residential construction activity that is expanding at a more rapid rate in lower density markets such as smaller cities and rural areas. This conclusion is among the findings of the latest quarterly National Association of Home Builders Home Building Geography Index (HBGI). An… Read More ›

Continuing Jobless Claims Drop

The U.S. Department of Labor released the Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report for the week ending May 23rd. Initial claims have declined for the eighth straight week after it hit a record peak of 6.9 million in the week ending March 28th. Continuing claims dropped by 3.86 million in the week ending May 16th, suggesting some unemployed workers are finding… Read More ›

Mortgage Activity Buoyed by Growth in Purchasing

The latest home buying and refinancing data have shown an increase in overall mortgage activity, as indicated by the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Application Survey. The benchmark Market Composite Index increased by 2.7% on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. The Primary Mortgage Market Survey’s interest rate hovered 2 basis points above the historical low of 3.40% reached… Read More ›

Jobless Claims Pace Declines

The U.S. Department of Labor released the Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report. In the week ending May 16th, weekly jobless claims totaled 2.4 million, a decrease from the previous week. It was the seventh straight week of a declining pace after the record peak of 6.9 million during the week ending March 28th. In the week ending May 16th, the… Read More ›

Credit for Builders Tightens, Virus Blamed

For the first time since 2012, builders and developers reported tighter credit conditions on loans for land acquisition, development and single-family construction (AD&C) in NAHB’s AD&C financing survey for the first quarter of 2020.  The net tightening index derived from the NAHB survey jumped to 22.7, about 40 points higher than the -22.3 reported in the fourth quarter of 2019. … Read More ›

Muted Fervor in the Final Weeks of Spring Homebuying

Since its previous week’s reading, which also marked a record low in the series, the Mortgage Bankers Association’s 30-year fixed-rate mortgage contract rate edged up by 3 basis points to 3.43%. The Market Composite Index, measuring mortgage loan application volume for purchases and refinancings, increased by 0.3% on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week prior. The MBA cites the… Read More ›

Most Home Buyers Want a Home Office

Lock down orders implemented across the US to fight the spread of the coronavirus have given rise to more people working from home and engaging in other activities indoors that they would normally do in public spaces. With the major shift in where people spend their time, it is important to examine the data currently available on home buyers’ preferences… Read More ›

Loan Officer Survey Highlights Gaps In Mortgage and Construction Loan Demand

The theme of the latest Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey reflecting banks’ lending practices, in the first quarter of 2020, is one that is echoed in other reports produced by organizations in the financial services sector. Amid the continuing efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, focusing on existing assets and clients is more important than expanding balance sheets to… Read More ›