economy: Existing Home Sales Reach Highest Level In 7 Years - 01/27/14 10:58 PM
Existing Home Sales Reach Highest Level In 7 Years
 
The NAR provided great year-end news as existing home sales in December pushed 2013 sales of existing homes to a 7 year high. December’s reading of 4.86 sales of pre-owned homes came in at 4.87 million on a seasonally adjusted annual basis.
Although projections had been for 4.89 million sales, the December reading topped November’s revised sales of 4.82 million pre-owned homes.
December’s reading showed the first gain in existing home sales in three months. NAR reported that existing home sales for 2013 reached 5.09 million, which represented a 9.10 percent … (1 comments)

economy: The State of Mortgage Rates - Week of December 9th, 2013 - 12/08/13 10:23 PM
The State of Mortgage Rates - Week of December 9th, 2013
 
Last week brought several indicators of a strengthening economy. New home sales, private and federal employment and mortgage rates rose.
The Department of Commerce released construction spending numbers for October with mixed results. Although public projects fueled an 0.80 percent increase in month-to-month construction spending, residential construction fell by 0.60 percent.
Analysts had expected an increase of 0.50 percent and also noted that the negative effect of the government shutdown was a “blip.” October’s reading for construction spending was the highest since 2004.
CoreLogic released data that home prices … (0 comments)

economy: Fed Meeting Minutes - Hope Of A Stronger Economy With New Measures - 10/30/13 11:20 PM
Fed Meeting Minutes - Hope Of A Stronger Economy With New Measures
 
The Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee released its customary after-meeting statement on Wednesday. In the context of meeting its dual mandate of stabilizing pricing and achieving maximum employment.
The FOMC statement indicated that although the economy has improved in areas including household spending and labor market conditions, the national unemployment rate remains high and the housing market recovery has slowed.
Fed Says Fiscal Policy Restraining Economic Growth
The FOMC statement said that current fiscal policy and ”retrenchment” is restraining economic growth as evidenced by failure to achieve benchmarks set … (1 comments)

economy: Case Shiller Price Index Shows An Annual Growth Rate Of Home Prices - 09/25/13 12:10 AM
Case Shiller Price Index Shows An Annual Growth Rate Of Home Prices Home prices were still gaining in July, but for 15 of 20 cities included the S&P Case-Shiller 10 and 20-city Home Price Indices, the pace of increasing home prices is slowing down. National home prices rose by 1.80 percent in July as compared to 2.20 percent in June.
Home prices grew by 0.60 percent from June to July on a seasonally-adjusted basis. This was the lowest month-to-month gain since September 2012.
David Blitzer, index committee chairman of S&P Dow Jones Indices, said that higher mortgage rates are hitting the … (0 comments)

economy: What's Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week -- July 29, 2013 - 07/29/13 12:07 AM
What's Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week -- July 29, 2013
 
Last week brought a mixed bag of economic news, but most notably, average mortgage rates fell.
New home sales surpassed expectations and consumer sentiment rose for July; these readings among others suggest that the economy continued to improve and that consumer confidence in the economy improved as well.
Monday: Existing home sales in June were reported at 5.08 million on a seasonally-adjusted annual basis. While this fell short of expectations of 5.25 million existing homes sold, the expectation was based on the original reading of 5.18 million existing homes sold … (0 comments)

economy: What's Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week: February 11th, 2013 - 02/10/13 11:19 PM
What's Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week: February 11th, 2013
Mortgage rates worsened last week in response to more indications that the U.S. economy and global economic trends are improving. Global economic data was stronger than expected; which generally boosts investor confidence and leads to higher mortgage rates in Pennsylvania and across the country.
According to Freddie Mac, the average rate for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage was 3.53 percent with borrowers paying all of their closing costs and 0.8 percent in discount points along with a full complement of closing costs.
The U.S Department of Commerce reported that Factory … (0 comments)

 
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