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After Steady Decline, Mortgage Rates Rise

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After Steady Decline, Mortgage Rates Rise
Freddie Mac     article by Daily Real Estate News | June 16, 2017

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Mortgage rates increased this week for the first time in more than a month, but they still remain near their yearly lows.

“The 30-year mortgage rate rose 2 basis points over the week to 3.91 percent,” says Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “However, our survey was conducted before investors drove Treasury yields sharply lower in a reaction to the surprisingly weak [Consumer Price Index] release. If that drop in yields sticks, mortgage rates are likely to follow in next week’s survey.”

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages of mortgage rates for the week ending June 15:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.91 percent, with an average 0.5 point, rising from last week’s 3.89 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 3.54 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.18 percent, with an average 0.5 point, increasing from last week’s 3.16 percent average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 2.81 percent.
  • 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 3.15 percent, with an average 0.5 point, rising from last week’s 3.11 percent average. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 2.74 percent.

Source: Freddie Mac; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 061617

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Mortgage Rates Are Still Dropping

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Mortgage Rates Are Still Dropping
Freddie Mac    article by Daily Real Estate News | June 9, 2017

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Home buyers may want to rush to lock in: The 30-year mortgage rate hit its lowest level in nearly seven months this week, Freddie Mac reports.

“The 10-year Treasury yield fell 3 basis points this week,” said Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “The 30-year mortgage rate moved in tandem with Treasury yields, falling 5 basis points to 3.89 percent. Mixed economic data and increasing uncertainty are continuing to push rates to the lowest levels in nearly seven months.”

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending June 8:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 3.89 percent, with an average 0.5 point, down from last week’s 3.94 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 3.60 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 3.16 percent, with an average 0.5 point, dropping from last week’s 3.19 percent average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 2.87 percent.
  • 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages averaged 3.11 percent, with an average 0.5 point, holding the same average as last week. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 2.82 percent.

Source: Freddie Mac; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 060917

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30-Year Mortgage Rates Hover Around 4%

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30-Year Mortgage Rates Hover Around 4%
Source: Freddie Mac; Article by Daily Real Estate News | May 19, 2017

For the fifth consecutive week, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage remained around 4 percent.

“The 30-year mortgage rate fell 3 basis points this week to 4.02 percent,” says Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “However, this week’s survey closed prior to Wednesday’s flight to quality. The delayed impact of the associated decline in Treasury yields may push mortgage rates lower in next week’s survey.”

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Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending May 18:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 4.02 percent, with an average 0.5 point, dropping from last week’s 4.05 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 3.58 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 3.27 percent, with an average 0.5 point, falling from last week’s 3.29 percent average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 2.81 percent.
  • 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages averaged 3.13 percent, with an average 0.5 point, dropping from last week’s 3.14 percent average. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 2.80 percent.

Source: Freddie Mac; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 051917

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May 19, 2017 at 6:25 pm

Mortgage Rates Set a New 2017 Low This Week

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Mortgage Rates Set a New 2017 Low This Week
Article by Daily Real Estate News | April 14, 2017

HouseforSaleIllustration500wThe 30-year fixed-rate mortgage continues to drop this week, setting a new low for 2017, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey. This marks the fourth consecutive week that 30-year rates have fallen.

“Following a weak March jobs report, the 10-year Treasury yield dropped about 5 basis points,” explains Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “The 30-year mortgage rate fell 2 basis points to 4.08 percent.”

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending April 13, 2017:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 4.08 percent, with an average 0.5 point, falling from last week’s 4.10 percent average. A year ago, 30-year rates averaged 3.58 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 3.34 percent, with an average 0.5 point, falling slightly from last week’s 3.36 percent average. Last year at this time, 15-year rates averaged 2.86 percent.
  • 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages averaged 3.18 percent, with an average 0.4 point, falling from last week’s 3.19 percent average. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 2.84 percent.

Source: Freddie Mac; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 041417

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HUD Lowers FHA MIP by a Quarter Point

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HUD Lowers FHA MIP by a Quarter Point
Article by Daily Real Estate News | January 9, 2017

hudsealMortgage insurance premiums on FHA-backed loans will be lower by 25 basis points on loans endorsed starting January 27, the federal government announced today.

“After four straight years of growth and with sufficient reserves on hand to meet future claims, it’s time for FHA to pass along some modest savings to working families,” Julian Castro, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, announced today.

NAR President Bill Brown praised the move. “Dropping mortgage insurance premiums will mean a lot more responsible borrowers are eligible to purchase a home through FHA,” he said. “That puts more money in the fund to protect taxpayers, and it puts more families in homes so they can live out the American dream.”

The new premium schedule, which takes effect for residential mortgage loans that have an insurance endorsement date on or after January 27, is expected to save the average home buyer $500 a year in insurance costs.

In its announcement, HUD said the reduced premiums reflect the healthy state of HUD’s mutual mortgage insurance fund, which is the agency’s principle fund for insuring FHA mortgages. “We’ve carefully weighed the risks associated with lower premiums with our historic mission to provide safe and sustainable mortgage financing to responsible homebuyers,” said Edward Golding, HUD principal deputy assistant secretary for housing. “This conservative reduction in our premium rates is an appropriate measure to support [home buyers] on their path to the American dream.”

Under the new schedule, a home purchase with a base loan amount of up to $625,000, with an 85-percent loan-to-value ratio and a 30-year loan term, will require an annual mortgage insurance premium of 55 basis points, down from 80 basis points. A 15-year loan of that same amount and with a 90-percent LTV ratio will require an MIP of 25 basis points, down from 45. Access the full schedule.

NAR is calling on FHA to take even more steps to help home buyers, including eliminating FHA’s “life of loan” mortgage insurance requirement, which forces borrowers to maintain mortgage insurance regardless of their equity position. Borrowers with traditional mortgage insurance can typically extinguish their mortgage insurance once they reach 20 percent equity in the property. “Our work continues, but we’re encouraged by today’s announcement,” Brown said.

– by Robert Freedman, REALTOR® Magazine

SOURCE: REALTOR® Magazine Online; Daily Real Estate News 010917

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Mortgage Rates Start the Year Lower

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Mortgage Rates Start the Year Lower
Article by Daily Real Estate News | January 6, 2017

Borrowing costs moved lower this week. But most economists aren’t predicting the trajectory to continue.

This marked the first time in 10 weeks that mortgage rates moved lower, Freddie Mac reports.

“The 30-year mortgage rate fell this week for the first time since the presidential election, dropping 12 basis points to 4.20 percent,” says Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “This marks the first time since 2014 that mortgage rates opened the year above 4 percent. Despite this week’s breather, the 66-basis point increase in the mortgage rate since November 3 is taking its toll — the MBA’s refinance index plunged 22 percent this week.”

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending Jan. 5:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 4.20 percent, with an average 0.5 point, dropping from last week’s 4.32 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 3.97 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.44 percent, with an average 0.5 point, falling from last week’s 3.55 percent average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 3.26 percent.
  • 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 3.33 percent, with an average 0.4 point, rising from last week’s 3.30 percent average. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 3.09 percent.

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Source: Freddie Mac; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 010617

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Mortgage Rates Continue Upward Trend

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Mortgage Rates Continue Upward Trend
Article by Daily Real Estate News | December 16, 2016

homeforsale152Mortgage rates were on the move for the seventh consecutive week.

“As was almost-universally expected, the FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) closed the year with its one-and-only rate hike of 2016,” says Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “The consensus of the committee points to more rate hikes in 2017. However, the experience of this year combined with the policy uncertainty that accompanies a new Administration suggests a wait-and-see outlook. … If rates continue their upward trend, expect mortgage activity to be significantly subdued in 2017.”

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending Dec. 15:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 4.16 percent, with an average 0.5 point, rising from last week’s 4.13 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 3.97 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.37 percent, with an average 0.5 point, increasing from last week’s 3.36 percent average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 3.22 percent.
  • 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 3.19 percent, with an average 0.4 point, increasing from last week’s 3.17 percent average. Last year at this time, 5-year ARMs averaged 3.03 percent.

Source: Freddie Mac; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 121616

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