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National Association of Realtors’ Pending Home Sales Index for October 2016:

  • The Pending Home Sales Index was up 0.1 percent to 110.0 in October from a slight downward revision of 109.9 in September.
  • With last month’s small increase, the index is now 1.8 percent higher than last October (108.1).
  • 40 percent of sales in October sold at or above list price, an increase from 33 percent last October.

First American October 2016 Loan Application Defect Index:

  • The frequency of defects, fraudulence and misrepresentation in the information submitted in mortgage loan applications, decreased 1.4 percent in October compared with September 2016.
  • Compared to October 2015, the Defect Index decreased by 13.9 percent.
  • The Defect Index is down 33.3 percent from the high point of risk in October 2013.

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Freddie Mac’s Multi-Indicator Market Index for September 2016:

  • The national MiMi value stands at 86, indicating a housing market that’s on the outer edge of its historic benchmark range of housing activity.
  • This indicates a 0.42 percent improvement from August to September and a three-month improvement of +1.61 percent.
  • On a year-over-year basis, the national MiMi value improved 5.56 percent.

Yardi Matrix Monthly Real Estate Market Report for November 2016:

  • Average U.S. monthly rents fell in November, marking the third consecutive month of decline.
  • The national average was $1,214, down $2 from October 2016.
  • Metros whose rents fell the most in November on a trailing three-month basis were Denver, San Francisco, Baltimore, Boston and Seattle.

Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey:

  • Mortgage applications decreased 9.4 percent from one week earlier for the week ending November 25, 2016.
  • The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 55.1 percent of total applications, the lowest level since June 2016, from 58.2 percent the previous week.
  • The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,000 or less) increased to its highest level since July 2015, 4.23 percent, from 4.16 percent, with points increasing to 0.41 from 0

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Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Mortgage Interest Rates for October 2016:

  • The national average contract mortgage rate for previously occupied homes by combined lenders index was 3.62 percent for loans closed in late October.
  • This is up 1 basis point from 3.61 percent in September.
  • The average loan amount for all loans was $312,700 in October, up $9,800 from $302,900 in September.

 

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Black Knight Financial Services’ “First Look” At October 2016 Mortgage Data:

  • October’s 56,500 foreclosure starts was the lowest one-month total in nearly 12 years.
  • Active foreclosure inventory continues to improve — just over 500,000 active foreclosure cases remain.
  • Prepayment activity was down slightly from September but remains 37 percent above last year’s level.

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S&P/Case-Shiller National Home Price Index for September 2016:

  • The National Home Price Index rose 5.5 percent year-over-year in September 2016.
  • This is up from August 2016’s 5.1 percent year-over-year gain.
  • The national index posted a month-over-month gain of 0.4 percent in September 2016.

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Redfin Housing Demand Index for October 2016:

  • The Redfin Housing Demand Index declined 3.5 percent from September to a seasonally-adjusted level of 100 in October.
  • In October, the number of Redfin customers requesting home tours fell 3.7 percent from September, and the number of customers writing offers on homes fell 5.9 percent.
  • Across the 15 metro areas tracked by the Demand Index, the number of homes listed in October was 9.5 percent lower than a year earlier.

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Zillow’s October 2016 market report:

  • Home values rose 6.2 percent over the past year to a Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI) of $191,200 in October.
  • Rents rose 1.4 percent over the past year to a Zillow Rent Index (ZRI) of $1,402.
  • There are 5.7 percent fewer homes for sale than a year ago, with Boston and Indianapolis reporting the greatest drop in inventory.

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