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Housing in 2020: Construction Costs Grow, Mortgage Rates Slow

Where will housing be in 2020? According to the latest Metrostudy predictions, if all continues on its current track, construction costs could continue to increase, and mortgage rates could reel in. While rates have increased in the last six months, impacting affordability, the rise is not significant according to historical trends, says Mark Bound, chief […]

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Building Momentum for Mortgage Rates

There is a building momentum in mortgage rates, with the average 30-year, fixed rate up for the second straight week, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). The average 30-year fixed increased to 4.6 percent, up from 4.54 percent the prior week. The average 15-year, fixed, meanwhile, rose to 4.08 percent, up from […]

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Mortgage Rates Roused After Slipping for Weeks

Mortgage rates roused this week, with the average 30-year, fixed mortgage at a 4.54 percent rate, up from 4.52 percent the prior week, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). The average 15-year, fixed mortgage rate was 4.02 percent, up from 4 percent the prior week, and the five-year, Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable mortgage […]

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Fed: Rates Increased for Second Time This Year

As predicted by all officials, the Fed raised rates for the second time in 2018—from 1.75 percent to 2 percent. The remainder of 2018 and 2019 may see more gradual hikes, with analysts predicting two more increases by year’s end in order to curb future inflation concerns following reports of a strong labor market and […]

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Economy Expands in May—Where Does Housing Stand?

The economy in May remained on a soaring streak, with a lift in jobs and the lowest unemployment in years. The expansion is a help for the housing market, but is it enough to relieve supply woes? According to Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), there is an imbalance between […]

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With Global Goings-On, Mortgage Rates Withdraw

After hitting a record not seen since 2011, the average 30-year, fixed mortgage rate this week withdrew, down to 4.56 percent, according to Freddie Mac’s recently released Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). The average 15-year, fixed mortgage and average five-year, Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable rates slipped, as well, down to 4.06 percent and 3.80 percent, respectively. […]

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For Buyers, Credit Matters—but How Much?

Borrowers not as creditworthy as others often have higher mortgage payments; in fact, according to an analysis recently released by Zillow, the average borrower categorized with credit as “fair” can be on the hook for $21,000 more than a borrower with an “excellent” score. Here’s how: Borrower A has a credit score that’s stellar (“excellent”), […]

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Confidence in Housing as an Investment Rises

With appreciation climbing and equity growing, homeownership is the investment to make—and according to new research, Americans believe it is a solid vehicle for wealth. Sixty-five percent of respondents to a survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York believe buying a home is a “somewhat good” or “very good” investment; less than 11 […]

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