Higher Home Sales Despite Dwindling Inventory

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The Mortgage Bankers Association released their Mortgage Application Data for the week ending 6/16, showing that overall application volume increased by 0.6%. Applications to Purchase a home were down 1.0%, but are still up 9.2% year over year.  

Refinances increased by 2.0% and are down 30% from this time last year.  Interest rates were about 0.34% higher than they were last year. The Refinance share of Mortgage Applications increased to 46.6% from 45.4% of total applications.

The ARM share of applications increased slightly to 7.5% from 7.4%.

Existing Home Sales, which tracks closings on Existing Homes, were up 1.1% in May at a 5.62M unit annualized pace. This was stronger than expectations looking for a 0.5% drop.

Inventory levels actually improved 2.1% from the previous report to 1.96M homes for sale, but are still down 8.4% year-over-year. Even in the face of this big drop in inventory on a year over year basis, which is roughly 180,000 homes, sales are still up 2.7% year-over-year. This underscores the health of the housing market.

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