Tag Archive for ‘home mortgage’

30-Year Mortgage Rate Retreats

For the third straight month, information compiled by Freddie Mac shows that mortgage rates continued to fall in February 2019. The 30-year FRM – Commitment rate, fell by nine basis points to 4.37 percent from 4.46 percent in January. The cycle peak was 4.87 percent in November. The Federal Housing Finance Agency reported that the contract rate for newly-built homes,… Read More ›

Equity Rises for U.S. Homeowners

The fourth quarter of 2018 Federal Reserve’s Flow of Funds report shows the market value of all owner-occupied residential real estate. A previous post referred to banks bracing for a tight lending environment in 2019, per the Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey, with banks expecting to tighten standards for all borrowers, including homeowners. However, homeowners can draw from their equity built… Read More ›

Increase in Housing Wealth

Home owners’ equity in real estate improved as home prices continue to increase and mortgage debt expands slowly. Previous analysis of household balance sheets from the 2016 Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) indicated that the primary residence was the largest asset category on the balance sheets of households in 2016 and it accounted for about one quarter of all assets… Read More ›

30-Year Mortgage Rate Falls

For the second straight month, information compiled by Freddie Mac shows that mortgage rates continued to fall in January 2019. The 30-year FRM – Commitment rate, fell by another 17 basis points to 4.46 percent from 4.64 percent in December. The cycle peak was 4.87 percent in November. The Federal Housing Finance Agency reported that the contract rate for newly-built… Read More ›

Serious Delinquency Rate Continues its Decline

The most recent results of the National Delinquency Survey produced by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) show that, as of the 4th quarter of 2018, mortgage servicers serviced 29.9 million non-government-insured mortgages, also known as conventional mortgages. Beginning with the first quarter of 2017, the MBA had discontinued its long-held classification of conventional loans into the prime and subprime categories,… Read More ›

Student Loans Crowding Out Home Purchases

Student and auto loans have historically dominated non-mortgage, non-revolving credit, as seen in the Federal Reserve’s G.19 Consumer Credit report. As of the third quarter of 2018, student loan debt totaled $1.6 trillion.  As student-loan debt has historically made up the majority of non-mortgage, non-revolving credit, homeownership is the opportunity cost for its accumulation. In January 2019, as part of its… Read More ›

Mortgage Market Moves

As has been discussed, information compiled by Freddie Mac shows that mortgage rates reversed coursed in December. The 30-year FRM – Commitment rate, which had been increasing since August, fell by 23 basis points to 4.64 percent from 4.87 percent in November. The Federal Housing Finance Agency reported that the contract rate for newly-built homes, inched up two basis points… Read More ›

U.S. Household Balance Sheet Continues to Recover in Q3 2018

The third quarter Federal Reserve Flow of Funds report showed continued improvement in the financial position of U.S. households with real estate, as the market value of all owner-occupied residential real estate (household owned) rose to $25.6 trillion. According to NAHB tabulations of the quarterly series, the asset or market value of owner-occupied real estate held by U.S. households increased… Read More ›

30-Year Mortgage Rate At The Highest Level In Nearly Eight Years

Information compiled by Freddie Mac shows that mortgage rates are continuing to increase after a slight slowdown in the summer months. The 30-year FRM – Commitment rate, inched up considerably by 20 basis points to 4.83 percent from 4.63 percent in September. The October increase of the 30-year FRM – Commitment rate, is the highest level since the beginning of… Read More ›