Tuesday , 17 September 2019

Mortgage News Daily

Mortgage News Daily

June Construction Numbers Tried to Hang on; Fannie Sees Slowdown Slowing; Rates Drop as Bonds Accelerate

The residential construction numbers in June were expected to come in largely in the same neighborhood as in May. Analysts however got it only half right. While starts fell fractionally, permits took a dive, falling by 6.1 percent compared to the previous month. The U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development said permits for residential construction were …

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Builder Confidence Holds Steady, Labor Shortages Persist

Builder confidence rose slightly in July. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) said its Housing Market Index (HMI), which it sponsors with Wells Fargo, gained one point, rising to 65. This marks the sixth consecutive month that sentiment levels have held at a steady range in the low- to mid-60s. NAHB Chair Greg Ugalde said, “Builders report solid demand …

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Mortgage Rates Little-Changed Despite Bond Market Gains; New Breakout or New Ceiling?

Mortgage rates were mostly flat to begin the new week, even though underlying bond markets were in stronger territory. Bonds, more than anything else, dictate the day-to-day direction for mortgage rates. That said, there are different varieties of bonds as well as different levels of willingness to react on the part of mortgage lenders. In today’s case, the bonds that …

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Surprisingly Strong Jobs Report Pushes Rates Higher and Makes The Fed’s Job Harder

Mortgage rates moved higher today following higher-than-expected job creation in a report from the Labor Department. The Employment Situation (aka “the jobs report”) is the most important monthly economic report. That’s especially true for interest rates as no other data is as consistent a source of guidance and volatility. Today’s was no exception. In fact, it was being watched a …

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Low Rates Helping Home Prices and Sales; Potential Volatility Ahead; VA/FHA Shifts

Mortgage rates moved down today by varying amounts depending on the lender. In some cases, lenders weren’t offering much of an improvement over yesterday. Those lenders are more likely to improve tomorrow, or at least we can say they’ll be starting with an advantage. Other lenders made use of their advantage today. The advantage in question came courtesy of a …

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