Here’s the latest real estate market news, summarized and recapped:

Here’s the latest market news, summarized and recapped:

  • Yesterday’s average 30-year fixed mortgage rate: 4.01 percent

Ellie Mae’s July origination insight report showed:

  • The average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.29 percent in July 2015, up from 4.12 percent in June.
  • 66.2 percent of loan applications closed in July, the highest level since Ellie Mae began tracking this data in August 2011.
  • The average FICO score on closed loans fell for the third consecutive month to 725, which is its lowest level since February 2014.

MBA’s refinance applications report:

  • Mortgage refinance activity increased to 55.5 percent of total applications from 53.1 percent the previous week.
  • The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity increased to 6.9 percent of total applications.
  • The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages backed by the FHA decreased to 3.88 percent, its lowest level since May 2015.

From yesterday:

Trulia’s analysis of U.S. Census Bureau new home construction statistics:

  • New home starts fell slightly in July from June, but they were still 10.1 percent higher than in July 2014.
  • At 1.2 million, new home starts are still at historically low levels.
  • Permits posted also showed a monthly decline of 6.3 percent but a year-over-year growth of 7.5 percent.


Re/Max’s monthly housing report for July 2015:

  • Completed transactions in July 2015 were 3.2 percent lower than June 2015 but 11.3 percent higher than sales in July 2014.
  • Home prices have risen for 42 consecutive months, year over year.
  • Median price for homes sold in July was $215,000, and inventory was down 1 percent from June 2015.


Monday’s daily mortgage averages:

  • 30-year fixed: 4.00 percent
    • Friday: 3.90 percent
  • 15-year fixed: 3.03 percent
    • Friday: 3.03 percent
  • 1-year adjustable-rate: 2.62 percent
    • Friday: 2.62 percent

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