mortgage rates: What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – February 15, 2021 - 02/16/21 10:39 AM
Last week’s scheduled economic reporting included readings on inflation, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s speech on U.S. labor markets, and weekly readings on mortgage rates and jobless claims.
Oil Prices Push Inflation Higher in January
Rising oil and gasoline prices drove a jump in January’s consumer price index. Inflation rose 0.30 percent month-to-month, which matched analysts’ expectations. The year-over-year inflation rate rose to 1.40 percent but remained lower than the pre-pandemic annual pace of 2.30 percent. The core inflation rate, which excludes volatile food and energy sectors, was unchanged in January.
Some analysts expect stronger inflation throughout 2021 due to the impact of stimulus … (0 comments)

mortgage rates: What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – February 8, 2021 - 02/08/21 09:02 AM
Last week’s economic news included Commerce Department readings on construction spending, labor sector reporting on public and private-sector job growth, and the national unemployment rate. Weekly reports on mortgage rates and jobless claims were also released.
Construction Spending Driven by Housing Sector in December
The Commerce Department reported a one percent gain in construction spending in December to a seasonally-adjusted annual pace of $1.49 trillion. Residential construction drove spending for the seventh consecutive month with a 3.10 percent gain in spending. Construction for public projects rose by 0.50 percent; private-sector spending on non-residential construction fell by -1.70 percent.
Demand for housing remained high as … (0 comments)

mortgage rates: What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – February 1, 2021 - 02/01/21 09:36 AM
Last week’s economic reports included readings from S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, readings on new and pending home sales,  and the University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment Index. Weekly reports on mortgage rates and jobless claims were also published.
S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Indices: Home Prices Rose Faster in November
The Case-Shiller National Home Price Index showed that November home prices grew by 9.50 percent on a seasonally-adjusted annual basis. October’s reading showed 8.40 percent home price growth; analysts expected a year-over-year pace of  8.80 percent for national home price growth.
Severe shortages of available homes coupled with high demand for homes continued to fuel rising home … (1 comments)

mortgage rates: What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – January 25, 2021 - 01/25/21 07:41 AM
Last week’s economic reporting included readings from the National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index, along with Commerce Department readings on housing starts and building permits issued. The National Association of Realtors® reported on sales of previously-owned homes; weekly readings on mortgage rates and jobless claims were also released.
NAHB: Home Builders’ Housing Market Index Falls in January
Homebuilder confidence in housing market conditions fell three points to an index reading of 83 in January. The National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index expected a reading of 85 for January as compared to December’s index reading of 86. Increasing covid-19 cases … (1 comments)

mortgage rates: 4 Steps to a Smooth Mortgage Refinance at a Rock-Bottom Rate - 01/20/21 11:40 AM
Right now is the best time to look at refinancing your home. Even if your current mortgage is as young as a year old, you might find that a refinance is in your best interest.
Be Sure That A Refinance Makes Sense
With today’s rates, refinancing makes sense for many homeowners, but it might not be the right move for you. Depending upon your mortgage, you may pay a penalty if you prepay early. Also, if you’ve paid heavily into your mortgage, refinancing into a new 20 or 30 year mortgage could cost you money over the long-term. The bottom line is to carefully … (0 comments)

mortgage rates: Should I Shorten My Mortgage Term, Important Factors To Consider - 01/12/21 10:57 AM
When you first bought your home a few years ago, perhaps you started off with a 30 year mortgage. Now, you are considering refinancing and changing it to a 20 year or even a 15 year mortgage.
Shortening your mortgage term and refinancing can be a smart financial move, but before you make this decision there are a number of factors that you should consider.
Switching to a shorter mortgage will mean that your monthly payments will be higher, but you will be 100% paid off much sooner and you will save thousands of dollars in interest rates. Here are a few of … (0 comments)

mortgage rates: What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – December 28, 2020 - 12/28/20 12:35 PM
Last week’s economic news included readings on sales of new and previously-owned homes and consumer sentiment. Weekly average mortgage rates were also released, but readings for jobless claims were not released due to the Christmas holiday.
Single-Family Home Sales Fall in November
Sales of new and previously owned homes were lower in November. Fear of rising covid-19 cases and the usual slump in home sales during the winter holidays contributed to fewer home sales. Rapidly rising home prices cooled buyer interest; short supplies of pre-owned homes for sale drove prices of new homes higher as demand increased.
Inventory of new homes increased by 14 … (1 comments)

mortgage rates: What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – December 14, 2020 - 12/14/20 09:33 AM
Last week’s scheduled economic reporting included readings on inflation and consumer sentiment. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and jobless claims were also released.
Inflation Rate Rises in November
Inflation rose by 0.20 percent in November according to the federal government, but this reading fell short of the Federal Reserve’s goal of achieving 2.00 percent inflation annually. November’s year-over-year inflation rate was 1.20 percent. October’s inflation reading was flat and analysts expected inflation to grow by 0.10 percent in November.
Core inflation, which excludes volatile food and fuel sectors, showed readings identical to the Consumer Price Index reading. November’s Core Consumer Price Index was impacted … (1 comments)

mortgage rates: How To Negotiate A Better Mortgage Rate - 11/03/20 10:54 AM
For those who are thinking about buying a house in the near future, they want to make sure that they get the best mortgage rate possible. At the same time, if people who want to reduce the interest rate on their mortgage, then they need to do everything you can to make yourself as attractive as possible to lenders. When they are negotiating for a better rate on your mortgage, they need to keep a few important points in mind.
Make A Larger Down Payment
If people want the lender to reduce the interest rate on your mortgage, then borrowers need to think … (1 comments)

mortgage rates: The Required Steps For A Smooth Mortgage Refinance Process - 10/29/20 01:03 PM
There are lots of people who have heard that one of the top ways to ensure the best mortgage rate possible is to refinance. At the same time, it is critical to make sure that this process is planned out accordingly.
Therefore, there are a few steps that everyone has to follow to make sure they are able to handle the mortgage refinancing process in a smooth manner that leads to the best rate possible.
Ask If A Refinance Is The Right Step
There are a lot of people who assume that a mortgage refinance is a financial win; however, it is important to … (0 comments)

mortgage rates: What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – October 26, 2020 - 10/26/20 10:54 AM
Last week’s economic reporting included readings from the National Association of Home Builders on housing markets, and Commerce Department readings on housing starts and building permits issued. Data on sales of previously-owned homes were also released. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and jobless claims were also released.
NAHB Housing Market Index Rises in October
The National Association of Home Builders reported an index reading of 85 for their Housing Market Index in October. This was the third consecutive month the HMI had a record reading and was the second consecutive month the index achieved readings over 80. Readings over 50 indicate that most … (1 comments)

mortgage rates: What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – October 19, 2020 - 10/20/20 12:47 PM
Last week’s economic reporting included readings on inflation, retail sales, and consumer sentiment. Weekly readings on average mortgage rates and jobless claims were also released.
Inflation Rate Slows as Retail Sales Increase
Inflation rose 0.20 percent in September, which was the slowest growth rate in four months. Analysts credited the rise in consumer prices to less post-pandemic price shock as consumers adjusted to higher prices for goods. Consumer prices were boosted by used vehicle prices, which increased at their highest pace in 51 years. Core consumer prices, which exclude volatile food and fuel sectors, also rose by 0.20 percent in September as compared … (0 comments)

mortgage rates: What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – October 12, 2020 - 10/12/20 02:28 PM
Last week’s economic reporting included readings on inflation,  job openings, a speech by Fed Chair Jerome Powell on the economy, and the latest Consumer Sentiment Index from the University of Michigan. Weekly reports on new and continuing jobless claims and mortgage rates were also released.
Hiring Surge and Job Separations Ease in August
The U.S. Department of Labor reported fewer job openings in August with 6.49 million job openings reported as compared to July’s reading of 6.70 million jobs available. Analysts noted that this indicated a slowdown in hiring after businesses re-opened when COVID-19 restrictions lapsed. Job separations, which include quits, layoffs. and … (0 comments)

mortgage rates: What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – October 5, 2020 - 10/05/20 03:29 PM
Last week’s economic news included readings from Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, along with Commerce Department readings on public and private-sector job growth and the University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment Index. Weekly reports on jobless claims and mortgage rates were also released.
Case-Shiller: Home Price Growth Ramps Up as Demand for Homes Increases
July home prices rose at a year-over-year rate of 4.80 percent in July as compared to June’s reading of 4.40 percent. Shortages of available homes were driven by demand. Homebuyers were looking for larger homes to accommodate working from home and also wanted to leave congested urban areas.
Home prices in Case-Shiller’s … (0 comments)

mortgage rates: Buying A Home With Cash Versus Low Interest Rate Mortgages - 09/29/20 07:53 AM
The real estate market has been in flux during the past few months. As a result, this could be a great time to both buy and sell a home. This is because mortgage rates are attractive for borrowers right now. With so many people who are looking to buy a home, is likely the people selling a home are going to receive multiple offers. On the other hand, given what the mortgage market looks like right now, borrowers also have attractive options.
As a result, many people are wondering if they should buy a house with cash or take advantage of low … (1 comments)

mortgage rates: What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – September 21, 2020 - 09/21/20 10:53 AM
Last week’s economic news included readings on housing market conditions, housing starts, building permits issued, and consumer sentiment. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and jobless claims were also released.
National Association of Home Builders Reports Record High Builder Confidence
The NAHB reported record high builder confidence in housing market conditions. The Housing Market Index had an index reading of 83 in September as compared to August’s reading of 78. Analysts said that this builder confidence reading was notable due to rising costs for building materials.
Component readings of the NAHB Housing Market Index also rose in September. Builder confidence in current single-family housing market … (0 comments)

mortgage rates: What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – August 31, 2020 - 08/31/20 08:55 AM
Last week’s economic news included readings from Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, along with data on new and pending home sales. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and new and continuing jobless claims were also published.
Case-Shiller: Home Price GrowthHolds Steady in June
National home prices grew at a seasonally-adjusted annual pace of 4.30 percent in June, which was unchanged from May’s year-over-year growth rate for home prices. The 20-City Home Price Index rose by 3.50 percent year-over-year in June.  
Phoenix, Arizona reported the leading year-over-year home price growth rate of 9.00 percent. Seattle, Washington held second place with a year-over-year home price growth rate … (0 comments)

mortgage rates: What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – August 17, 2020 - 08/17/20 10:46 AM
Last week’s scheduled economic news included readings on inflation and retail sales. Weekly reports on  mortgage rates and new and continuing jobless claims were also released. In other news, the FHFA announced an increase in fees charged by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for home loan refinance transactions.
 
Inflation Readings Mixed as Retail Sales Fall
Consumer prices rose by 0.60 percent in July and matched June’s reading. Analysts expected a July reading of 0.40 percent growth. The Core Consumer Price Index, which excludes volatile food and energy sectors, rose by 0.60 percent in July and exceeded June’s reading of 0.20 percent and July’s … (0 comments)

mortgage rates: 6 Tips To Ensure You Don’t Get Fleeced When Buying Investment Property - 08/13/20 10:53 AM
Purchasing an investment property is one of the most important decisions that you’ll ever be a part of. As such, it’s a necessity to make your decisions with only the most careful of consideration.
Here are the six tips that you need to heed in order to ensure that you don’t get fleeced.
Find The Right Property At The Right Price
Yes, this is a whole lot easier said than done. However, it’s not impossible. All it takes is some patience and research.
You have to determine what everything in your area is selling for in order to be able to spot a bargain! Further, … (0 comments)

mortgage rates: What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – July 20, 2020 - 07/20/20 08:01 AM
Last week’s economic reports included readings from the National Association of  Home Builders on housing markets along with Commerce Department data on housing starts and building permits issued. Weekly reports on mortgage rates and unemployment claims were also released.
NAHB: Builder Confidence in Housing Markets Increases in July
Homebuilders gained confidence in housing market conditions as home buyers sought homes in less-congested suburban areas. Builder confidence rose 14 points to an index reading of 72 in July. NAHB Chair Chuck Fowke said, “Builders are seeing strong traffic and lots of interest in new construction as existing home inventory remains lean.”
Homebuyers sought larger homes … (0 comments)

 
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