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Mortgage Rates Hit Record Lows but Applications Fell Flat

The volume of mortgage
applications dipped slightly last week. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA)
said its Market Composite Index, a measure of that volume, was down 0.7 percent
on a seasonally adjusted basis during the week ended October 9 and was 1
percent lower on an unadjusted basis.

The Refinance
Index slipped 0.3 percent
from the previous week and was 44 percent higher than
the same week one year ago. The refinance share of mortgage activity increased
to 65.6 percent of total applications from 65.4 percent the previous week.

The seasonally
adjusted Purchase Index decreased 2 percent from one week earlier and 1 percent
unadjusted. The Index was 24 percent higher than the same week one year ago,
continuing a string of year-over-year gains that started during the week ended
May 22.

 

Refi Index vs 30yr Fixed

 

Purchase Index vs 30yr Fixed

 

 

“Mortgage
applications for refinances and home purchases both

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5 Times a Home Equity Loan Makes Sense

If you owe less on your home than it’s worth, you have equity. With a home equity loan, you borrow against that equity and pay the loan back in equal monthly installments for a preset number of years (typically, five to 30 years). The amount you can borrow is usually capped at 80% to 85% of available equity. For example, if your home is worth $300,000 and you owe $200,000, you have $100,000 in equity. That means you may be eligible to borrow $80,000 to $85,000 in a home equity loan.

When you take out a home equity loan, your home acts as collateral, meaning a lender can repossess your house if you fail to make payments. Home equity loans can be useful, but it is crucial to consider whether you can afford one before moving forward.

Also consider how you intend to use the home equity loan. Here are

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Pandemic-shift: spike in savings diverted into housing driving national median home prices up 8.6%, according to Royal LePage | Nachricht

Despite second wave worries, the median price of a home in Canada forecast to finish year 7.0% higher than year-end 2019

  • Delayed spring market extends through Q3 as pent up demand fuels prices and sales
  • 97% of regions surveyed post price appreciation in third quarter despite economic shock of COVID-19
  • Ontario and Quebec real estate markets dominate list of highest appreciating regions, with Windsor in the top spot at 17.0%

TORONTO, Oct. 14, 2020 /CNW/ – According to the Royal LePage House Price Survey and Market Survey Forecast released today, the aggregate1 price of a home in Canada increased 8.6 per cent year-over-year to $692,964 in the third quarter, as high demand and low inventory continued to fuel a seller’s market.

The Royal LePage National House Price Composite is compiled from proprietary property data in 64 of the nation’s largest real estate markets. When broken out by housing

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Home closings increase in 2020 along coastal SC counties despite COVID pandemic | Myrtle Beach Business

Myrtle Beach Realtor Travis Muir put a condo up for sale in September at Blue Water Resort on Ocean Boulevard and within an hour, it was sold.

Not an every day occurrence, the realtor for The Hoffman Group admits. But, after all, it’s 2020 and anything can happen.

“The biggest thing is pricing it within realistic market price,” Muir said, adding 2020 has been his best year for sales, pushing nearly triple what he normally does.

“With this one being an investment property, the price point for the rate of return… I think one of the biggest things, too, is the interest rates are lower than they have been in a very long time. That gives people more incentive to go ahead and make that jump. They were thinking of buying in a two- or three-year window, but now with the interest rates so low, people are moving faster.”

Closed

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Will Lower Mortgage Rates Aid NVR to Post Higher Q3 Earnings?

NVR, Inc.’s NVR third-quarter 2020 earnings and revenues are expected to have registered an improvement on a year-over-year basis.

In the last reported quarter, the company’s earnings and revenues missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 5.3% and 3.5%, respectively. On a year-over-year basis, earnings and revenues decreased 19.9% and 10%, respectively, as the COVID-19 outbreak had a significant impact on all facets of its busines.

Nonetheless, the company has a strong earnings surprise history, having surpassed analysts’ expectations in 12 of the trailing 14 quarters.

Trend in Estimate Revision

For the quarter to be reported, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings per share has increased 1.3% to $62.01 over the past seven days. The estimated figure indicates an increase of 10.5% from the year-ago quarter. The consensus mark for revenues is pegged at $2 billion, suggesting a 7% increase from the year-ago reported figure of $1.87 billion.

NVR, Inc.

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Why bankers are so worried about their small business loan books

That means that 57 per cent of people whose home loan deferrals were due to expire in September – some 22,900 borrowers owing a total of $8.7 billion – felt they were now in a position to meet their loan repayments.

As a result, the Commonwealth Bank has seen a gratifying improvement in its home loan book in the past month alone.

At the end of August, 9.8 per cent of its giant home loan portfolio (measured in terms of value) consisted of loans in deferral. By the end of September, this had dropped to 8.0 per cent. (This translates into some 93,000 home loans, with a combined value of some $37 billion.)

What’s more, October is likely to see a further steep fall in deferred home loans, with deferrals due to expire on some 52,000 home loans (worth a combined $20 billion).

If more than half of home loan

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How to land an ultra-low 15-year mortgage rate for your refinance

How to land an ultra-low 15-year mortgage rate for your refinance
How to land an ultra-low 15-year mortgage rate for your refinance

Thanks to this year’s historically low mortgage rates, refinancing remains a popular activity among homeowners — and it has taken on more urgency as a new refi fee threatens to push rates higher this fall.

A 30-year fixed-rate mortgage might be a borrower’s automatic first choice for a refi loan. But if you’ve been in your house a few years, refinancing to a 15-year mortgage can keep you from dragging out the debt and piling up massive interest costs.

The monthly payments on a 15-year home loan can be steeper, but the interest rates are lower: currently near an all-time low at an average 2.37%, which is one-half of 1 percentage point (0.50) below the typical 30-year mortgage rate, according to mortgage company Freddie Mac.

Some borrowers in 2020 have been able to score 15-year rates in the low

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Weekly High Frequency Indicators: Slow Improvement Has Continued

Purpose

I look at the high frequency weekly indicators because while they can be very noisy, they provide a good nowcast of the economy and will telegraph the maintenance or change in the economy well before monthly or quarterly data is available. They are also an excellent way to “mark your beliefs to market.” In general, I go in order of long-leading indicators, then short-leading indicators, then coincident indicators.

A Note on Methodology

Data is presented in a “just the facts, ma’am” format with a minimum of commentary so that bias is minimized.

Where relevant, I include 12-month highs and lows in the data in parentheses to the right. All data taken from St. Louis FRED unless otherwise linked.

A few items (e.g., Financial Conditions indexes, regional Fed indexes, stock prices, the yield curve) have their own metrics based on long-term studies of their behavior.

Where data is seasonally adjusted,

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How you can buy a home with a low-down-payment FHA mortgage

Many people consider homeownership part of the American dream — but can’t dream of landing a traditional mortgage. That’s why FHA loans exist.

These loans that are backed by the Federal Housing Administration are popular with first-time buyers and those with lower incomes. While you might need a credit score of 620 for a conventional loan, you could be approved for an FHA loan with a score of 500. And you could be eligible for a down payment of only 3.5%.

They’re not just for new buyers, either. You can use your FHA loan to refinance your mortgage or even repair an older home.

Sound appealing? FHA loans do offer some attractive features, but they may not be right for everyone.

How do FHA loans work?

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Congress established the Federal Housing Administration in 1934 to help borrowers get a mortgage, especially those who would otherwise

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Coronavirus mortgage bailouts fall below 3 million

The number of mortgages whose payment requirements have been suspended because of the coronavirus plunged in the past week, as the first group of loans hit the end of their six-month term.

It was the largest decline since the crisis began.

Over the past week, active forbearances dropped by 649,000, or 18%, according to Black Knight, a mortgage technology and data analytics firm. That brings the total number of plans, both government and private sector, below 3 million for the first time since April. In addition, the decline was noticeably larger than the drop of 435,000 when the first wave of forbearances hit the three-month mark in early July.

As of Oct. 6, 2.97 million homeowners remain in pandemic-related forbearance plans, or 5.6% of all active mortgages, down from 6.8% the previous week. The loans represent collectively $614 billion in unpaid principal.

These plans allow borrowers to delay their monthly

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