Tag Archives: mortgage rates

Rates go Down, but Things are Looking Up

  Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac backed mortgages are hitting a 15-year high, according to the July 2017 Housing Finance at a Glance Monthly Chartbook recently released by Urban Institute. The share from 2007 to 2013 was approximately 40 percent, but Q1 2017 is reflecting an increase to 47.8 percent. This is one of the […]

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Another Rate Hike in the Future???

Many in the mortgage industry were anxiously waiting to view the results of the final jobs report of 2015 to see if the Federal Reserve was on track with the timing of its long-awaited December rate hike or if the central bank acted too quickly. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported better-than-expected job gains […]

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TRID: Into the Great Unknown

Amid all the consternation about the looming TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) Rule effective date of October 3, one analyst believes that the biggest unknown about TRID is just that—unknown. Until October 3, buyers will use the HUD-1 Settlement Statement containing a good faith estimate for closing the loan that has been in use for 40 years; […]

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Housing Experienced a Supply and Demand Conflict in May

The housing market experience experienced a “conflict” between supply and demand in May as increased home values resulted in sales, which subsequently increased supply – but at the same time, lack of affordability and economic uncertainty reduced demand, according to First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming. The market capacity for existing-home sales increased by 0.3 […]

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FHA to lower cost of mortgage insurance

In an effort to make owning a home more affordable, the Federal Housing Administration will dramatically cut the costs associated with the mortgages it backs. Premiums for FHA mortgage insurance, which is designed to protect the agency in case a borrower defaults on a loan, will be cut from 1.35% of a loan’s value to […]

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Freddie Mac: Mortgage Rates Stay Level

Author: Tory Barringer September 5, 2014 Mortgage interest rates stayed fairly level this week, settling in ahead of the Bureau of Labor Statistics August jobs report, which was released September 5. Freddie Mac released on September 4 the results of its latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, showing the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) coming in at 4.10 percent (0.5 point) […]

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Overall Economic Outlook Positive, But Housing Loses Momentum

A second quarter housing rebound combined with an upward movement in economic activity in the first quarter has seemingly given a boost to 2014 full-year economic expectations, according to the August 2014 Economic Outlook put together by Fannie Mae’s Economic and Strategic Research Group. The housing market lost momentum in this same time period, however, […]

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Housing Confidence Up but there is Room to Grow

Consumers believe that their outlook is getting better. But they are not necessarily ready to participate in the housing market just yet. The June Housing Survey released by Fannie Mae shows that consumer sentiment toward the housing market is continuing to improve as the overall economic outlook improves but it still sits well below the […]

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Improving Economy Bumps Up Mortgage Rates

Signs of an improving economy boosted fixed mortgage rates this week, market reports show.According to Freddie Mac, the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 4.20 percent (0.6 point) for the week ending June 12, an increase of 6 basis points from last week’s report. Last year, the 30-year fixed-rate hovered just below 4.0 […]

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Mortgage Rates Continue Downward Slide

Despite performing far better than anticipated, April jobs numbers weren’t enough to prop up fixed mortgage rates this week, market reports show. In its Primary Mortgage Market Survey, Freddie Mac clocked the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) at an average 4.21 percent (0.6 point), down from 4.29 percent and the lowest level since late last year. A year ago, […]

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