Mortgage News Daily

Mortgage News Daily

Employment Data Moving Markets Even Though It Wasn’t Supposed To; Rough Day For Rates

Mortgage rates were decisively higher today as the bond market lost ground due to surprisingly strong economic data. Mortgage rate movement is mainly a factor of mortgage bond prices. In turn, mortgage bonds tend to move in broadly the same direction as the US Treasury market. That’s why so many people think mortgage rates are based on 10yr Treasury yields. …

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2021 to see First Home Price Decline in 9 Years; Only Reason Rates Have Been Moving Lower

CoreLogic’s report on April home prices, the first for that month, says that despite fears that home prices would “bottom out like they did in the Great Recession,” they continued to accelerate reaching their highest annual growth since August 2018. The U.S. CoreLogic HPI was up 5.4 percent compared to April 2019, with gains in all states and rose 1.4 …

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Mortgage Market Deep Dive; Builders Buoy Sales; Rates Start High, Finish Low

The Urban Institute (UI) releases a regular report, Housing Finance at a Glance , a “chartbook” loaded with charts and commentary on mortgage activity . Much of the May chartbook’s material, is retrospective, reaching back as far as Q4 2019 where there is a time lag in data collection. Much of it, residential construction data, home price indices, negative equity …

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Forbearances Slow to a Trickle; Mortgage Rates Stage Nice Comeback, But Uncertainty Remains

Mortgage rates staged a nice little comeback today, moving back toward the all-time lows seen late last week. Mortgage rates are determined primarily by the bond market, and the bond market benefited from strong demand at the end of the month. Higher demand means higher prices, and higher bond prices equate to lower rates. There has been some concern that …

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Pending Sales Rout May Signal a Bounce for Housing – Realtors; All-Time Low Rates Already in Rearview

Pending home sales cratered again in April, marking two straight months of declines that exceeded 20 percent. The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) said its Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) fell 21.8 percent to 69.0. The decline in March was 20.8 percent. The Index is down by 33.8 percent year-over-year. This is the largest decline in pending home sales number …

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Purchase Apps Highest Since January; Mortgage Rates Hold Steady

Mortgage rates managed to stay sideways today after beginning the week with a move higher yesterday. This is a victory all things considered. Rates take guidance from multiple sources. When it comes to mortgages, the prices of mortgage-backed bonds are the key ingredients in determining rates. While other factors had a massively outsized impact during the market volatility in March …

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New Home Sales Crush Forecasts; Rates Higher to Start Week

New home sales, rather than dropping like a rock, rose 0.6 percent in April according to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Part of the gain is due to a revision of the March sales numbers from an original estimate of 627,000 seasonally adjusted annual units to 619,000. This added to the month’s 15.4 …

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