Tag Archive for ‘mortgages’

Mortgage Application Volume Declines

In the latest tally of mortgage activity, for the week ending November 29, 2019, the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Application Survey showed a 7.5% drop from the previous week in conventional mortgage activity, which includes both purchases and refinances, on a seasonally adjusted basis. Overall, the market composite index, which includes conventional mortgages, saw a 9.2% increase on a seasonally… Read More ›

Homes Built in Nonmetropolitan America

Of the 848,000 single-family homes started in the U.S. in 2017, roughly 79,000 were nonmetropolitan—that is, they were built outside one of the officially-defined metropolitan areas—as reported in a recent NAHB study,  At 79,000, nonmetropolitan single-family starts were up 40 percent from the trough in 2011, compared to a 97 percent for single-family starts overall. The NAHB study is based on territory… 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 ›

Home Price Appreciation Continues in July

S&P Dow Jones Indices released the Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index for July. The report indicates that house price appreciation continues. The U.S. National Home Price Index rose at a seasonally adjusted annual growth rate of 5.7% in July, following the 4.4% rate of growth in June. The Home Price Index released by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)… Read More ›

Home and Multifamily Residential Debt Expand

According to the Federal Reserve Board’s first quarter of 2016 release of its Financial Accounts of the United States report, household holdings of real estate, measured on a not seasonally adjusted basis, totaled $22.524 trillion in the first quarter of 2016, $1.140 trillion higher than its level in the first quarter of 2015, $21.113 trillion. At the same time, home mortgage debt… Read More ›

Housing Equity Continues to Expand

The Financial Accounts of the United States shows continued improvement in the aggregate home equity position of U.S. households. Household holdings of real estate, measured on a not seasonally adjusted basis, totaled $21.826 trillion in the third quarter of 2015, $1.365 trillion higher than its level, $20.461 trillion, in the third quarter of 2014. At the same time, home mortgage debt outstanding,… 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 ›

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 ›