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Continued Uncertainty Causes Mortgage Rates to Hold

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Continued Uncertainty Causes Mortgage Rates to Hold
News Release by Freddie Mac | February 23, 2017

FreddieMac-2016logoMCLEAN, VA–(Marketwired – Feb 23, 2017) – Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average 30-year mortgage rates changing by two basis points or less for the fourth consecutive week.

News Facts

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.16 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending Feb. 23, 2017, up from last week when it averaged 4.15 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.62 percent.
  • 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.37 percent with an average 0.5 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.35 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 2.93 percent.
  • 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.16 percent this week with an average 0.4 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.18 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.79 percent.

Average commitment rates should be reported along with average fees and points to reflect the total upfront cost of obtaining the mortgage. Visit the following link for the Definitions. Borrowers may still pay closing costs which are not included in the survey.

Quote Attributed to Sean Becketti, chief economist, Freddie Mac.
“In a short week following Presidents Day, the 10-year Treasury yield fell about 8 basis points. However, the 30-year mortgage rate rose 1 basis point to 4.16 percent. This week’s survey once again displays the disconnect between mortgage rates and Treasury yields, a result of continued uncertainty.”

### Freddie Mac makes home possible for millions of families and individuals by providing mortgage capital to lenders. Since our creation by Congress in 1970, we’ve made housing more accessible and affordable for homebuyers and renters in communities nationwide. We are building a better housing finance system for homebuyers, renters, lenders and taxpayers. Learn more at FreddieMac.com, Twitter @FreddieMac and Freddie Mac’s blog FreddieMac.com/blog. ###

Source: Freddie Mac 022317

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Existing-Home Sales Reach Decade High

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Existing-Home Sales Reach Decade High
Article by Daily Real Estate News | February 22, 2017

homeforsale-500wExisting-home sales in January reached their fastest pace in nearly a decade, with all major regions except the Midwest posting gains last month, the National Association of REALTORS® reports.

Total existing-home sales—completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condos, and co-ops—rose 3.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.69 million in January. That’s 3.8 percent higher than a year ago and marks the strongest month since February 2007, according to NAR.

“Much of the country saw robust sales activity last month as strong hiring and improved consumer confidence at the end of last year appear to have sparked considerable interest in buying a home,” says NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun. “Market challenges remain, but the housing market is off to a prosperous start as home buyers staved off inventory levels that are far from adequate and deteriorating affordability conditions.”

5 Stats to Gauge the Market in January

jan17existhomesalesHome prices: The median existing-home price for all housing types in January was $228,900—a 7.1 percent increase from a year ago.

Inventories: Total housing inventories at the end of the month increased 2.4 percent to 1.69 million existing homes available for sale. That is still 7.1 percent lower than a year ago (with a 1.82 million supply). Unsold inventory is at a 3.6-month supply at the current sales pace.

Distressed sales: Foreclosures and short sales made up 7 percent of all sales last month, down from 9 percent a year ago. In January, 5 percent of sales were foreclosures and 2 percent were short sales. Foreclosures sold at an average discount of 14 percent below market value, while short sales were discounted 10 percent.

All-cash sales: All-cash transactions comprised 23 percent of transactions in January, down from 26 percent a year ago. Individual investors make up the bulk of all-cash sales. They purchased 15 percent of homes in January, down from 17 percent a year ago.

Days on the market: Thirty-eight percent of homes sold in January were on the market for less than a month. On average, sold properties spent 50 days on the market, down from 64 days a year ago. Short sales lingered on the market the longest, at a median of 108 days, while foreclosures sold in 51 days. Non-distressed homes spent a median of 49 days on the market.

“Competition is likely to heat up even more heading into the spring for house hunters looking for homes in the lower- and mid-market price range,” Yun says. The REALTORS® Affordability Distribution Curve and Score, a new measurement of homebuying activity created by NAR and realtor.com®, revealed that the combination of higher mortgage rates and home prices made active listings less affordable for households in more than half of all states last month.

Source: National Association of REALTORS®; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 022217

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Housing Starts Cool Off in January

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Housing Starts Cool Off in January
Article by Daily Real Estate News | February 17, 2017

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Overall housing production declined in January after an unusually robust reading in the multifamily sector in December, but economists were unfazed. “As we move forward in 2017, we can expect the multifamily sector to continue to stabilize and single-family production to move forward at a gradual but consistent pace,” says Robert Dietz, chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders.

Housing starts dropped 2.6 percent on a month-over-month basis in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.246 million units, primarily due to a 10.2 percent plunge in the multifamily sector, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. Single-family starts, on the other hand, rose 1.9 percent month-over-month to 823,000 units.

“A settling of housing production is in line with what we are hearing from builders — that they are largely optimistic about current market conditions but still face supply-side headwinds and regulatory hurdles,” says Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders.

Combined single- and multifamily housing production was on the rise in the Northeast and South in January. In the Northeast, housing production surged 55.4 percent last month and by 20 percent in the South. On the other hand, starts dropped by 41.3 percent in the West and by 17.9 percent in the Midwest, the Commerce Department reported.

Housing production is likely to pick up in the coming months. Issuance of construction permits — a gauge of future construction activity — increased 4.6 percent in January to 1.285 million units. But the bulk of that increase was due to a nearly 20 percent increase in multifamily permits to 477,000 units, the Commerce Department reported. Single-family permits, meanwhile, dropped 2.7 percent in January to 808,000 units.

The Northeast likely will continue to see some of the biggest increases in housing production. Regionally, housing permits increased by the highest amount in the Northeast, rising 29.6 percent in January, followed by a 9.9 percent gain in the South, and a 5.3 percent increase in the Midwest. The West was the only major region to see a decline, dropping 13.2 percent in January.

Source: National Association of Home Builders; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 021717

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Home Prices Are Soaring to New Highs

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Home Prices Are Soaring to New Highs
Article by Daily Real Estate News | February 10, 2017

Home price appreciation picked up speed in the final three months of 2016, prompting the majority of metro areas to soar to new record highs with home prices, the National Association of REALTORS®’ latest quarterly report reveals. Of the 150 markets NAR has tracked since 2005, 52 percent – or 78 – now have a median sales price that is at or above its previous all-time high.

The fourth quarter of 2016 proved to be a strong one for home price appreciation. The median existing single-family home price rose in 89 percent of the measured markets. Thirty-one metro areas out of 178 saw double-digit gains.

“Buyer interest stayed elevated in most areas thanks to mortgage rates under 4 percent for most of the year and the creation of 1.7 million new jobs edging the job market closer to full employment,” says Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. “At the same time, the inability for supply to catch up with this demand drove prices higher and continued to put a tight affordability squeeze on those trying to reach the market.”

5priciestleastmarketsIn the fourth quarter, the national median existing single-family home price was $235,000 – up 5.7 percent from the fourth quarter of 2015 ($222,3000).

Inventories of homes for-sale remain tight. At the end of the fourth quarter, 1.65 million existing homes were available for sale, which is 6.3 percent below year ago levels and the lowest level since NAR began tracking the supply of all housing types in 1999.

“Depressed new and existing inventory conditions led to several of the largest metro areas seeing near or above double-digit appreciation, which has pushed home values to record highs in a slight majority of markets,” Yun says. “The exception for the most part is in the Northeast, where price growth is flatter because of healthier supply conditions.”

Nationwide, a boost in home prices and mortgage rates at the end of the year slightly weakened affordability compared to a year ago. That came despite a solid uptick in the national family median income.

To buy a single-family home at the national median price, a buyer making a 5 percent down payment would need an income of $51,017; they would need an income of $48,332 for a 10 percent down payment; and they would need an income of $42,962 for a 20 percent down payment, according to NAR.

“Even a pick-up in wage growth may be insufficient to compensate the impact of higher mortgage rates and home prices,” Yun says. “Increased homebuilding will be crucial to alleviate supply shortages and stave off the affordability hit.”

Source: National Association of REALTORS®; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 021017

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Best January on Record for Middle Tennessee Housing Market

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Best January on Record for Middle Tennessee Housing Market
Press Release by Greater Nashville REALTORS® | February 7, 2017

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 7, 2017) – There were 2,411 home closings reported for the month of January, according to figures provided by Greater Nashville REALTORS®. This figure is up 11.2 percent from the 2,167 closings reported for the same period last year.

“Our market just proved you can buy and sell a home during the winter,” said Greater Nashville REALTORS President Scott Troxel. “The winter months are actually a good time for serious buyers. There are fewer properties on the market, but there is also less competition for those properties.

“Not only did we see the best January on record, our market performed better in January than it did in either January or February of last year,” continued Troxel. “Pending sales numbers are also higher. Punxsutawney Phil might have seen his shadow, suggesting six more weeks before we see spring weather, but our data indicates our market may enter the spring selling season sooner.”

There were 2,755 sales pending at the end of the month, compared with 2,212 pending sales at this time last year. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 57 days.

The median residential price for a single-family home during January was $261,500 and for a condominium it was $184,350. This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $242,668 and $179,900, respectively.

Inventory at the end of January was 10,025, compared with 11,352 in January 2016.

“One item to watch will be the impact of President Trump’s suspension on the 25-basis point reduction of mortgage interest premiums on FHA loans,” said Troxel. “Many first-time and low- to moderate-income buyers look to FHA loans as part of their path to homeownership. Realtors are letting the administration know both the importance and impact of FHA loans on the housing market.”

### Greater Nashville REALTORS® is one of Middle Tennessee’s largest professional trade associations and serves as the primary voice for Nashville-area property owners. REALTOR® is a registered trademark that may be used only by real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict code of ethics. ###

Source: Press Release by Greater Nashville REALTORS®, 020717

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