Tag Archive for ‘mortgages’

Average New Home Loan Rate Dips Below 4 Percent

Earlier today, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) reported a 10 basis point decline in mortgage interest rates for the month of January.  Looking into the data a little further shows that the story was essentially the same for the subset of mortgages used to purchase newly built homes, On conventional mortgages for new homes, FHFA tables show the average… Read More ›

Share of Delinquent Mortgages Continues to Fall

According to the most recent release of the Mortgage Bankers Association’s National Delinquency Survey, the share of mortgages that are considered delinquent continued to fall. On a seasonally adjusted basis, the share of mortgages past due declined to 5.68% in the fourth quarter of 2014, 17 basis points from the third quarter of 2014 and 71 basis less than its… Read More ›

Fed Provides Deeper Look at Lending Standards on Residential Mortgages

The Federal Reserve Board recently released its survey of senior bank loan officers. The January 2015 Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices (SLOOS) addressed changes in the standards and terms on, and demand for, bank loans to businesses and households over the fourth quarter of 2014. The January 2015 iteration of the survey featured revised and expanded categories of… Read More ›

Effective Rate on New Home Loans Continues Downward Drift

On average, the contract rate on conventional mortgages used to purchase newly-built homes, remained a constant 4.03 percent in December, according to data released yesterday by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). However, initial fees and charges on the loans dropped form 1.23 percent in November down to 1.16 percent. As a result, the average effective rate on new home… Read More ›

New Research Highlights Finance Constraints on Housing Demand

An interesting new paper published by economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York demonstrates the important role downpayment and wealth constraints play in shaping housing demand, particularly for lower-income homebuyers. Using survey data, the authors (Andreas Fuster and Basit Zafar) employ a strategy to measure housing demand impacts that contrasts with the often used user cost model of housing in… Read More ›

Rates Lower, Loans Larger on New Home Mortgages

Interest rates on conventional mortgages used to buy newly built homes declined in November, based on data released earlier today by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). The data show the average contract interest rate declining by 7 basis points to 4.03 percent, the lowest it’s been since May, while the average initial fees and charges increased by a scant… Read More ›

Is it Easy to Obtain a Mortgage?

For many households, obtaining a mortgage is the most important step when seeking to purchase a home. As housing analysts, a natural question to ask when assessing the prospects for home buying is “how easy is it for households to obtain a mortgage?” The Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA) or Fannie Mae attempts to shed light on this question with… Read More ›

Households Show Willingness to Take on Most Forms of Debt

Data released by the Federal Reserve Board indicates that consumer credit outstanding increased over the month of October 2014. The data released by the Federal Reserve Board covers most short- and intermediate-term credit extended to individuals, excluding loans secured by real estate. According to the release, total consumer credit outstanding expanded by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5%. Both… Read More ›

Interest Rates Remain Stable on New Home Loans

Earlier today, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) reported a 5 basis point increase in mortgage interest rates for the month of October.  However, the increase was due entirely to loans on existing homes.  The effective interest rate on conventional loans used to purchase newly built homes, meanwhile, remained unchanged. In fact, the average contract rate on the new home loans actually inched… Read More ›