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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 confidence rises in March as demand improves

Construction workers work on a home, as a subdivision of home is built in San Marcos, California, January 31, 2023. Mike Blake | Reuters Mortgage rates are high and volatile, homes are still pricey, and inflation is not in check, but, even so, the nation’s homebuilders are starting to feel better about their business. A […]

Two-thirds of landlords say 10% rent rises are likely in 2023: Aldermore 

A poll by the challenger bank adds that 49% of buy-to-let owners feel that “it’s harder being a landlord now compared to a year ago”, faced with inflation at 10.7%, interest rates at 3.5% and a volatile housing market.  Its study finds that although a sizeable majority of BTL owners are considering raising rents they are […]

House price rises slow again in December, Zoopla says

It adds that quarterly price inflation has “slowed quickly”, specifically, from over 2% in the first half of this year to 0.3% over the last three months – “an annualised growth rate of just 1.4%”. Zoopla expects this to turn negative by mid-2023. The report also says that buyer demand is down 50% on the […]

Rate rises pushing some borrowers beyond their stress test limits

The Reserve Bank of Australia hiked interest rates again this month, taking the OCR to 2.85% – a move that has pushed some mortgage borrowers to their “stress test” limits. The latest rate hike was the seventh straight RBA increase since May, pushing the OCR to its highest level since April 2013. This also means […]

Salary rises expected to be even higher in 2023 versus 2022

Meanwhile, in Australia, one employer is working on bringing up wage levels for some of its lowest paid workers. National Australia Bank (NAB) is offering enhanced pay of 5%, and it is offering one extra week’s leave for employees earning less than $100,000 per year, in a deal that NAB hopes will be agreed with […]

Rate rises hit home loan sizes

As interest rate rises continue, the effect of banks passing on rate rises to customers can be seen in the types of loans Australians are accessing. Online home loan auction marketplace Joust has revealed borrowers are already taking out significantly smaller loans to build homes. Loans accessed through Joust’s Instant Match platform are split into […]

All fixed rate mortgages see price rises during week, reports Moneyfacts

For a two-year fix, the price increased by 6 basis points, to 4.09%, and the three-year fix average rate gained 9 basis points, moving to 4.55%. The average rate for a five-year fix rose 5 basis points, to 4.24%, while the 10-year fix saw a change for the first time in weeks, ticking up 1 […]

Fannie Mae’s 2Q net income rises 6% from 1Q

The year-over-year decline in Fannie Mae’s second quarter earnings at 35% was slightly larger than Freddie Mac’s, but unlike its secondary market competitor, quarter-to-quarter profitability was up 6% on higher net interest income. During its earnings call, David Benson, president and interim CEO, reiterated the company’s forecast of a modest recession starting in early 2023. […]

Most Australians opposed to rapid interest rate rises

Just 39% of Australians support the Reserve Bank’s decision to lift interest rates as hard and fast as it has recently, new research has found. Meanwhile, home loan borrowers are on high alert with industry experts expecting the RBA to deliver its third consecutive cash rate increase tomorrow. Most predict the RBA will lift the […]