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Mortgage demand rises despite volatile interest rates

Demand for mortgages increased for the second straight week, despite some volatility in mortgage rates. Total application volume rose 6.5% last week compared with the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s seasonally adjusted index. related investing news The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($726,200 or less) […]

Homebuilder sentiment in February sees biggest gain in decade

America’s homebuilders are growing more bullish as buyer demand picks up, driven in part by slightly lower mortgage rates. Homebuilder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes in February rose 7 points to 42, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. This is the highest reading since September […]

Mortgage rates drop to the 5% range for first time since September

Prospective buyers at an open house in Florida. Mike Stocker | South Florida Sun Sentinel | Tribune News Service | Getty Images The average rate on the 30-year fixed rate mortgage has fallen to 5.99%, according to Mortgage News Daily. The housing market hasn’t seen the rate with a five handle since a brief blip […]

Existing home sales drop in December to slowest pace since 2010

Homes in Rocklin, California, US, on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. A record number of homes are being delisted as sellers face a sharp drop in demand, according to real estate brokerage Redfin. David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images Sales of previously owned homes dropped 1.5% in December from the previous month, according to […]

Home prices fall for the first time in three years, biggest drop since 2011

Home prices declined 0.77% from June to July, the first monthly fall in nearly three years, according to Black Knight, a mortgage software, data and analytics firm. While the drop may seem small, it is the largest single-month decline in prices since January 2011. It is also the second-worst July performance dating back to 1991, […]

U.S. is in housing recession, homebuilders say

A worker drills plywood on a single family home under construction in Lehi, Utah, on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. George Frey | Bloomberg | Getty Images Builder sentiment in the market for single-family homes fell into negative territory in August, as builders and buyers struggle with higher costs. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo […]

Pending home sales fell 20% in June as mortgage rates soared

A “Sale Pending” sign outside a house in Discovery Bay, California, on Thursday, March 31, 2022. David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images Signed contracts to purchase existing homes dropped 20% in June compared with the same month a year ago, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday. That is the slowest pace since […]

Mortgage demand drops to lowest level in 22 years

The pain in the mortgage market is only getting worse as higher interest rates and inflation hammer American consumers. Mortgage demand fell more than 6% last week compared with the previous week, hitting the lowest level since 2000, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s seasonally adjusted index. Applications for a mortgage to purchase a home […]

Sales of existing homes fell in May, and more declines are expected

Sales of existing homes in May dropped 3.4% to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 5.41 million units, according to the National Association of Realtors. Sales were 8.6% lower than in May 2021. April’s sales were revised slightly lower as well. This is the weakest reading since June 2020, which was during the early months […]

Mortgage demand falls to the lowest level in 22 years

Real estate agents Rosa Arrigo, center, and Elisa Rosen, right, work an open house in West Hempstead, New York. Newsday LLC | Newsday | Getty Images Mortgage rates are back on the upswing, after a brief decline in May, and the housing market is still suffering from a lack of listings. As a result, mortgage […]