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“Seesawing” Pending Sales May Signal Market Turning Point; Rates Staying Near Lows

Pending home sales fell back slightly in June after a notable and unexpected 8.0 percent gain in May. The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) said its Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) dipped 1.9 percent from May to a reading of 112.8. This was also 1.9 percent lower than the index in June 2020. The PHSI […]

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Big News For Refi Rates As Adverse Market Fee is Removed

It was big, bad news when it came out last summer. Almost a year later, the 50 basis point “adverse market fee,” which affected a majority of refinance mortgages has been eliminated! Backstory In early August 2020, Fannie and Freddie (who collectively buy or guarantee a vast majority of all mortgages) announced that virtually all […]

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Exhausting Home Prices; No Big Digital Push From Covid; Big News For Refi Rates As Adverse Market Fee is Removed

It was big, bad news when it came out last summer. Almost a year later, the 50 basis point “adverse market fee,” which affected a majority of refinance mortgages has been eliminated! Backstory In early August 2020, Fannie and Freddie (who collectively buy or guarantee a vast majority of all mortgages) announced that virtually all […]

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Adverse Market Fee About to be History

It is nice to end the week with good news, so here it is: The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) just announced it is eliminating the Adverse Market Refinance Fee that the GSEs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been charging. The change becomes effective for loan deliveries on and after August 1, 2021. The 50-basis […]

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Housing Market Update: Home Prices Increased a Record 17%, Pending Sales Up 19% From a Year Earlier

The average sale-to-list price ratio passed 100% for the first time as home prices surge….(read more) Forward this article via email:  Send a copy of this story to someone you know that may want to read it. Around The Web

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Why Mortgage Rates Should Care About Bond Market Warning

After spiking in early January, interest rates returned to near-all-time-low levels by the middle of the week. By the end, however, the market began to flash a warning about more volatility ahead. The warning is fairly simple. It has to do with a pattern that’s been repeating in the bond market (the key ingredient in […]

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Rates Surprisingly Steady Despite Market Drama; Home Price Gains Break 6 yr Record

Like many industries, housing finance has a superficial layer that’s fairly easy to understand for the average consumer. A person wants a home. They don’t want to pay cash. They get a loan. Lower rates = lower payments. The end. Shortly below that superficial layer of understanding, where a surprisingly high percentage of mortgage professionals […]

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Resort and Second Home Real Estate Market Trends

These slides were presented by Gay Cororaton at the virtual Resort and Second Home Committee meeting on November 6, 2020, during the 2020 REALTORS┬« Conference & Expo. www.nar.realtor – Vacation, Resort, and Second Homes

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Mortgage Rates Mostly Flat Despite Stronger Bond Market

Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch Mortgage rates are mostly determined by the trading levels of mortgage-backed bonds on the open market. When those bonds improve, mortgage rates move lower, all other things being equal. For a variety of reasons, that typical relationship has been hit and miss on any given day since the pandemic began. […]

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2018 Resort & Second-Home Market Issues

An update on current resort and second-home market issues provided by NAR’s Advocacy Group.  www.nar.realtor – Vacation, Resort, and Second Homes

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