Tag Archive for ‘interest rates’

FOMC Statement: All Eyes on December

The statement released following the September meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) fell in line with market expectations as the committee chose to keep the federal funds rate unchanged.  The Committee’s assessment of the economy remained positive, leaving a December rate hike very much in play.  In the statement, the Committee continued its upbeat assessment of labor and economic activity…. Read More ›

Home Price Appreciation in September

S&P Dow Jones Indices and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their home prices indexes for September, respectively. The Case-Shiller (CS) national house price index accelerated to a 10.4% seasonally adjusted annual pace in September while the price index from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) rose at a 9.5% pace. A surge in sales pushed existing house… Read More ›

Effective Rate on New Home Loans Dips to 4.02 Percent

After two months of near perfect stability, interest rates on conventional mortgages for newly built homes declined noticeably in October, according to data released this week by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).  The FHFA data show the average contract rate on the loans dropping from 3.98 to 3.92 percent, while average initial fees and charges went from 1.16 to… Read More ›

Consumer Confidence in October – More Consumers Planned to Buy a Home in the Near Future

The Conference Board recently released the Consumer Confidence Index and its two subcomponents, the Present Situation Index and the Expectations Index, for October. The Consumer Confidence Index dropped to a level of 97.6 in October following the September’s optimistic assessment of 102.6. The present situation index declined to 112.1 from 120.3 in September, and the expectations index also decreased from… Read More ›

New Home Mortgages: Rates Change Little, Loan Size Surges

Data released today by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) show that interest rates on mortgages for new homes declined in September, but the changes were very small.  The average contract rate on conventional loans used to purchase newly built single-family homes edged down by two basis points, from an even 4.00 to 3.98 percent—a decline too small to see on the chart… Read More ›

Consumer Confidence Rebounded in September

The Conference Board released its Consumer Confidence Index for September. The index is a composite of separate indexes tracking consumers’ assessments of current business, income and employment conditions, as well as their expectations for the future. The Consumer Confidence Index increased to a level of 103.0 in September from 101.3 in August. The present situation index rose to 121.1 from… Read More ›

Rates on New Home Loans Hit 2015 High

On average, the contract rate on conventional mortgages used to purchase newly-built homes increased 12 basis points in July, to 3.98 percent, according to data released yesterday by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).  At 3.98, this is the highest the contract rate has been since December of last year. Initial fees have some ability to offset increases in a… Read More ›

New Home Loans: Rates and House Prices Both Increase

Interest rates on conventional mortgages used to buy newly built homes increased in June, according to data released earlier today by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).  The data show the average contract interest rate increasing by 9 basis points to 3.86 percent, the highest it’s been since January. The average initial fees and charges on the loans decreased by… Read More ›

Rates on New Home Loans Fall to Two-Year Low

Data released today by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) shows a one basis point decline in the average contract interest rate on conventional loans used to purchase newly built homes.   Small as this change was it took the contract rate on new home loans down to 3.77 percent in May—which is the lowest it’s been since June of 2013…. Read More ›

Rates on New Home Loans Stable, Under 4 Percent

On May 28, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) reported that mortgage rates overall were nearly stable in April, changing by a mere 2 basis points.  The same was true for the subset of mortgages used to purchase newly built homes.  The average contract interest rate on conventional mortgages for new homes edged down by 3 basis points, while the… Read More ›