Tag Archive for ‘mortgages’

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 ›

Mortgage Delinquency Rates Fall

Recently released data from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) shows that the share of mortgages that are considered delinquent fell. On a seasonally adjusted basis, the share of mortgages past due declined over the third quarter of 2014 by 19 basis points to 5.85%. Over the past year, the proportion of mortgages past due decreased by 66 basis points from… Read More ›

Rate on New Home Loans Stays Just Above 4 Percent

Earlier today, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) reported that mortgage interest rates declined in September.  That was true as well for the subset of mortgages used to purchase newly built homes, but the changes were very small.  On conventional mortgages for new homes, the average contract interest rate edged down by just 2 basis points, to 4.11 percent. Meanwhile, the average… Read More ›

In 6 Months, Mortgage Standards Cost Builders 18,000 Sales

In an August survey asking single-family builders to describe mortgage lending standards in the areas where they build, well over half indicated that standards were tight or very tight.  Only 11 percent indicated that lending standards were somewhat easy and none described them as very easy. The survey took the form of special questions appended to the monthly instrument used… Read More ›

Interest Rates Stay Flat on Loans for New Homes

Today, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) reported that interest rates on home mortgages remained essentially the same in August. The same was true for the subset of mortgages used to purchase new homes. On conventional mortgages for new homes, the changes in August were both very small and offsetting. While the average contract interest rate increased by a single… Read More ›