Category Archives: housing market

New-Home Construction Soaring

Financial FAQs Construction of new homes in the U.S., known as housing starts, jumped almost 10 percent in January to an annual rate of 1.33 million. That’s the second highest level since the Great Recession and it easily exceeded the … Continue reading

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2018 Housing Market To Stay Strong

The Mortgage Corner Total existing-home sales1, https://www.nar.realtor/existing-home-sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, increased 1.1 percent in 2017 to a 5.51 million sales pace and surpassed 2016 (5.45 million) as the highest since 2006 … Continue reading

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Existing-Home Inventory Lowest in 18 years

The Mortgage Corner There aren’t enough home to sell. Sales of previously-owned homes tumbled in December as an ongoing inventory crunch became more worrisome with few homes to sell in parts of the country. Existing-home sales were down 3.6 percent … Continue reading

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Whither Go 2018 Interest Rates?

Financial FAQs The 10-year benchmark Treasury yield dropped 5.12 points yesterday, the biggest drop in 5 months, according to Marketwatch. It is hovering just above a 2.4 percent yield—which is why one can still obtain a 30-year fixed rate conforming … Continue reading

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Housing Market Is Booming!

The Mortgage Corner Both new and existing-home sales are highest since the end of the Great Recession, thanks to interest rates that are still at historical lows, and in spite of the Fed’s latest 0.25 percent rate hike. It looks … Continue reading

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New 2018 Conforming Loan Limits

The Mortgage Corner There is a huge jump in conforming loan limits for 2018 in line with housing price rises, folks. Here are the new numbers. In line with the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announcement yesterday, they are increasing … Continue reading

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New-Home Sales at 10-yr High

The Mortgage Corner Sales of new single-family houses in October 2017 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 685,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and HUD. This is 6.2 percent (±18.0 percent) above … Continue reading

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