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Monday
Jun112018

Mortgage Rates lower for second straight week 

Mortgage Rates lower for second straight week -  The June 7,  2018 Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Survey reported that the 30 year fixed mortgage rate average was 4.54%, down slightly from 4.56% last week. The 15 year fixed was 4.01%, down from 4.06% last week. The 5-year ARM was 3.74%, down from 3.80% last week. 

 

Friday
May252018

MAKING SENSE OF THE STORY

 

  • What looks like good news among very tough market conditions for starter home buyers comes with some hefty caveats. Rather than being a story of increasing inventory meeting high demand for starter homes, instead, searches are just shifting increasingly toward pricier options. 
  • Nationally, the mismatch gap shrunk to 11.1 from 13.1 last quarter as the share of searches for starter homes fell to 28.7 percent from 31.1 percent. While part of this shift could be attributed seasonality, it is the first quarter to quarter drop we have seen and compares with a mismatch increase from 9.7 to 11.1 during the same period last year.
  • It’s not all good news though as the starter listing’s share continued to slide and is now down to 22.4 percent of all listings from 22.8 percent last quarter and the first quarter of 2017. 
  • Premium buyers got pinched this quarter for the first time in more than two years. Premium home searches made up 41.4 percent of all searches and comprised 52.5 percent of listings. Still comfortable, but down from a larger gap of 38.4 percent of searches going to 51.5 percent of listings last quarter and on par with the mismatch a year ago.
  • What looks like starter home buyer relief on a national level may just be signs of shoppers giving up. Recent changes are driven by search activity growing more slowly for starter homes than for trade-up and premium homes.
  • San Francisco saw the biggest improvement for starter home shoppers from last quarter as starter inventory increased to 40.2 percent from 36.1 percent of all listings and searches to those homes dropped to 42.7  percent from 45.5 percent of all searches.
Sunday
Feb252018

Mortgage Rates stabilize

Mortgage Rates stabilize this week - The February 22, 2018 Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Survey reported that the 30 year fixed mortgage rate average was 4.40%, up slightly from last week’s 4.38%. The 15 year fixed was 3.85%, up slightly from 3.84% last week. The 5-year ARM was 3.65%, slightly up from 3.63% last week.

Existing home sales nationwide decline 3.2% in January - The National Association of Realtors reported that total existing home sales dropped 3.2% in January from December's home sales rate. The median price paid for a home in January  was 5.8% higher than January 2017, the 71st straight month of year over year increases. The number of homes for sale represented a 3.4 month supply,down from 3.6 months last January. Existing home inventory in January was  down 9.5% from January 2017.  Extremely tight inventory has caused prices to increase and has begun to cause fewer sales. 

 

Monday
Feb122018

Stock markets drop over 10% in two weeks - 

Wednesday
Dec132017

Mortgage Rates slightly higher

Mortgage Rates slightly higher - The December 7, 2017 Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Survey reported that the 30-year fixed mortgage rate average was 3.94%, up from 3.90% last week.  The 15-year fixed was 3.36%,  up  from 3.30% last week. The 5-year ARM was 3.35%,  up from last week’s 3.32%. 

 

Confirming and FHA loan limits increase -  The confirming loan limit will increase from $424,100 to $453,100. The conforming high balance will go from  636,150 to $679,650 in 2018. The FHA loan limit will also rise to $679,650. Both conforming and FHA limits increase for 2,3 and 4 unit dwellings.