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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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Refinances Take Off as Mortgage Rates Tank

Aug 14th, 2019 @ 1:12 PM by Amber Nelson

In the wake of the plummeting interest rates, U.S. mortgage borrowers rushed to refinance in the latest week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The MBA’s seasonally adjusted mortgage volume index rose 21.7% this week from the week before and 81% from the year before. Most of that growth came from an explosion in refinance […]

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Fed Makes First Rate Cut in a Decade

Jul 31st, 2019 @ 9:17 PM by Amber Nelson

The Federal Reserve voted today to lower its target interest rate by 25 basis point to a range of 2% to 2.25%, the first rate cut in 11 years. The Fed’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) found that “the [U.S.] labor market remains strong and that economic activity has been rising at a moderate rate,” […]

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Mortgage Applications Stall as Rates Increase

Jul 3rd, 2019 @ 10:23 PM by Amber Nelson

Long-term U.S. mortgage interest rates rose in the latest week, according to data from Freddie Mac, without having much effect on home loan application volume. The average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 3.75% with 0.6 point, up from 3.73% the week before. One year ago, the average rate was much higher at […]

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