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Housing Affordability Near 30 Year Highs

Jan 21st, 2020 @ 10:16 AM by Amber Nelson

Although rising home prices have led many to believe that buying a home is more expensive today, low mortgage interest rates and rising incomes have actually made homes more affordable now than almost any time in the past three decades, according to the National Association of Realtors. The NAR’s Housing Affordability Index rose to 163.5 […]

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Cash-Out Refinances Grew 28% Since 2018

Jan 1st, 2020 @ 7:16 PM by Amber Nelson

With home prices continuing to climb in the face of limited inventory, American homeowners have trillions of dollars in equity and they are taking advantage of it. According to real estate data firm Black Knight, cash-out refinance loans made up 52% of all refinance activity in the 2019 third quarter, up from just 24% a […]

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Mortgage Rates Hold Steady, But Likely to Fall in 2020

Dec 28th, 2019 @ 7:20 PM by Amber Nelson

Although long-term mortgage interest rates were unchanged in the latest week, experts are predicting rates to fall to record lows in 2020. The average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage slipped to 3.74% with 0.7 point in the week ended December 26, 2019, down from 3.75% the week before, according to data from Freddie Mac. […]

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Conforming Loan Limits to Jump in 2020

Dec 4th, 2019 @ 2:27 PM by Amber Nelson

To keep up with rising home prices, the Federal Housing Finance Agency has determined to raise the 2020 maximum conforming loan limits for Fannie Mae- and Freddie Mac-backed mortgages. The new single-family property conforming loan limit will increase to $510,400, up from the current $484,350. That jump is based on the 5.38% rise in U.S. […]

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Refinance Application Volume Shoots Up 300% Over Last Year…Thanks to Thanksgiving

Nov 29th, 2019 @ 10:23 PM by Amber Nelson

Total refinance application volume jumped 314% this week compared to last year but was just 4% higher than the week before, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. And although that 300%+ number sounds jaw-dropping, it really isn’t a fair comparison as the same week last year included Thanksgiving. So of course, fewer people were out […]

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Mortgage Volume Unchanged Amid Lower Rates

Nov 6th, 2019 @ 2:36 PM by Amber Nelson

Long-term U.S. mortgage interest rates fell in the latest week, but it was not enticing enough to bring borrowers to the mortgage table, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association. The MBA’s mortgage application index fell 0.1% during the week ended November 6, 2019, with a 2% increase in refinance requests being offset by […]

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Fed Makes 3rd Rate Cut in 4 Months

Oct 30th, 2019 @ 1:01 PM by Amber Nelson

The Federal Reserve cut its target interest rate again Wednesday, the fourth decrease since July. The move was likely a hedge against mounting international financial trouble and brewing domestic slowing. The new federal funds rate range is 1.5% to 1.75%, representing a cut of 0.25%. Even though the U.S. economy is still in the midst […]

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Low Mortgage Rates Squeeze Housing Inventory

Oct 16th, 2019 @ 9:39 AM by Amber Nelson

Lower mortgage interest rates have increased demand for housing, pushing current market inventory down 2.5% in September, according to Realtor.com. That’s a significantly bigger decline than August’s 1.8% decrease. And the housing supply could drop even farther in coming months. Long-term mortgage interest rates have dropped to 3.5% from 5% just a year ago. That […]

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Lower Mortgage Rates Pushed August New Home Sales Up

Sep 25th, 2019 @ 9:43 AM by Amber Nelson

Sales of new U.S. single-family homes jumped 7.1% in August, according to the Commerce Department, bolstered by lower mortgage interest rates. Sales outpaced predictions by economists surveyed by Reuters, who had forecast they would grow by just 3.5% last month. New home sales rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 713,000 in August, up […]

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Mortgage Applications Decline Again Amidst Lower Rates

Sep 4th, 2019 @ 8:23 PM by Amber Nelson

Even though long-term mortgage interest rates fell last week, demand for home mortgage loans continued to drop, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association. The MBA’s mortgage application volume index decreased a seasonally adjusted 3.1% in the latest week. On a yearly basis though, application demand is up 62%. The drop was led by […]

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