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Mortgage Rates Ticked Up Slightly

Mortgage rates stayed at or near record lows for the fifth straight week and homeowners are taking advantage with refinance activity remaining high. Although purchase demand declined thirty-five percent year-over-year in mid-April, demand has improved modestly over the last three weeks.

Posted by Kemmer Daniel Matteson on May 12th, 2020 10:55 AM

Mortgage Rates Tick Up

As refinance applications continue to surge and lenders work to manage capacity, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage ticked up from last week’s all-time low. Mortgage rates remain at extraordinary levels and many homeowners are smartly weighing their options to refinance, potentially saving themselves money.

Posted by Kemmer Daniel Matteson on March 17th, 2020 4:00 PM

Mortgage Rates Hit All-time Low

March 5, 2020

The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage hit a record 3.29 percent this week, the lowest level in its nearly 50-year history. Meanwhile, mortgage applications increased 10 percent last week from one year ago and show no signs of slowing down. Given these strong indicators in rates and sales, as well as recent increases in new construction, it’s clear the housing market continues to be a positive force for the broader economy

Posted by Kemmer Daniel Matteson on March 5th, 2020 1:59 PM

Mortgage Rates Fall Back

Given the recent volatility of the ten-year Treasury yield, it's not surprising that mortgage rates again have dropped. These low rates combined with high consumer confidence continue to drive home sales upward, a trend that is likely to endure as we enter spring.

Posted by Kemmer Daniel Matteson on March 3rd, 2020 8:58 AM

Mortgage Rates Remain Near Historical Lows

The sound and fury of the financial markets continue to warn of an impending recession, however, the silver lining is mortgage demand reached a three-year high this week. The decline in mortgage rates over the last month is causing a spike in refinancing activity – as homeowners currently have $2 trillion in conventional mortgage loans that are in the money – which will help support consumer balance sheets and increase household cash flow. On top of that, purchase demand is up seven percent from a year ago.

Posted by Kemmer Daniel Matteson on August 21st, 2019 8:52 AM
Modestly weaker consumer spending and manufacturing data, along with continued jitters around trade policy, caused interest rates to decline throughout the yield curve. While signals from the financial markets are flashing caution signs, the real economy remains on solid ground with steady job growth and five-decade low unemployment rates, which will drive up home sales this summer.
Posted by Kemmer Daniel Matteson on May 21st, 2019 12:18 PM
Purchase mortgage application demand saw the second highest weekly increase over the last year and thanks to a spike in refinancing activity, overall mortgage demand rose to the highest level since the fall of 2016. While the housing market has faced many head winds the last few months, it sailed through the turbulence to calmer seas with demand buttressed by a strong labor market and low mortgage rates. The benefits of the decline in mortgage rates that we’ve seen this year will continue to unfold over the next few months due to the lag from changes in mortgage rates to market sentiment and ultimately home sales.
Posted by Kemmer Daniel Matteson on April 9th, 2019 3:37 PM
While mortgage rates very modestly rose to 4.4% last week, they remain below year-ago levels for the fourth week in a row. In late 2018, mortgage rates rose over a full percentage point from the prior year, which was one of the main reasons for the  weakness in home sales has continued. .

However, the impact of recent lower rates and a strong labor market has led to a rise in purchase mortgage demand as we start the spring home buying season..
Posted by Kemmer Daniel Matteson on March 13th, 2019 4:38 PM
Higher mortgage rates have led to a decline in home sales this year, the weakness has been effected more  expensive segments  along with the limitations on maximum interest and property tax deductions.
The California Association of Realtors (CAR) released its’ housing affordability index for the second quarter of 2018.recently and the combination of increasing housing prices and rising mortgage rates have reduced the home buying affordability in the state to the lowest level in 10-years.
This obviously would mean a drop in price eventually as the market dries up of qualified borrowers..
Posted by Kemmer Daniel Matteson on November 7th, 2018 11:09 AM
Mortgage rates moved up slightly over the past week to their highest level since June.

Sales of new homes are slowing and unsold inventory is rising for the first time in three years. 

With mortgage rates increasing affordability is becoming an issue and we may see a drop in the market valuations in spite of a growing economy!

Posted by Kemmer Daniel Matteson on July 27th, 2018 3:03 PM

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