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First American’s Existing-Home Sales Capacity (EHS-C) for September 2015:

  • The EHS-C rate decreased by 0.1 percent month-over-month in September 2015 and 3.6 percent year-over-year.
  • The seasonally adjusted annualized rate of existing-home sales capacity is up 77.1 percent from February 2009, the lowest point recorded by First American.
  • Existing-home sales spiked in July, dropped in August and rebounded in September.

 

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The National Association of Realtors’ existing-home sales report for September 2015:

  • Total existing-home sales increased 4.7 percent month-over-month in September 2015.
  • The median existing-home price increased 6.1 percent year-over-year.
  • Total housing inventory decreased 2.6 percent month-over-month and 3.1 percent year-over-year.
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NAR’s September existing-home sales infographic.

Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages (FRMs) averaged 3.79 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending October 22, 2015; this is down from 3.82 percent the previous week and 3.92 percent the previous year.
  • 15-year FRMs averaged 2.98 percent with an average 0.5 point, down from 3.03 percent the previous week and 3.08 percent the previous year.
  • 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages averaged 2.89 percent with an average 0.4 point, up from 2.88 percent the previous week and down from 2.91 percent the previous year.

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Federal Housing Finance Agency’s August 2015 House Price Index:

  • Prices for homes rose 0.3 percent month-over-month in August 2015.
  • Home prices in August 2015 were up 5.5 percent year-over-year.
  • The index is roughly the same as its December 2006 level.

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Realtytrac U.S. Home Equity & Underwater report for Q3:

  • The number of seriously underwater homeowners dropped significantly in the third quarter of 2015 due to rising home sales volumes and prices.
  • The number of equity rich homeowners went down, at the same time, as more homeowners leveraged their equity and refinanced, traded up or cashed out completely.
  • Only one in three properties in foreclosure was seriously underwater, the lowest level since RealtyTrac began tracking in the Q1 2012 and down from a peak of 62 percent underwater in the second quarter of 2012.

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HOPE NOW’s August 2015 foreclosure sales report:

  • Foreclosure activity is at its lowest level since 2007, when the organization began collecting data.
  • Foreclosure sales decreased 7 percent month-over-month in August 2015.
  • Foreclosure sales decreased 23 percent year-over-year in August 2015.

 

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The Houzz third-quarter renovation index:

  • Landscape specialty firms have reported a quarterly activity decrease of 21 percent.
  • General contractors, remodelers and design-build firms are in the shortest supply.
  • Year-over-year gains continue across all industry groups, though.

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Mortgage rates:

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Home equity rates:

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Yesterday’s most recent market news:

Mortgage Banker’s Association’s Weekly Applications Survey:

  • The Market Composite Index increased 11.8 percent week-over-week on a seasonally adjusted basis.
  • The Refinance Index increased 9 percent week-over-week.
  • The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 16 percent week-over-week.

Weiss Residential Research’s August 2015 appreciation/depreciation report:

  • The national percentage of depreciating homes rose from 23.40 percent in July 2015 to 27.0 percent in August.
  • The national percentage of appreciating homes rose slightly from 56.8 percent in July 2015 to 59.3 percent in August.
  • Flint, Michigan, was a top market by appreciation percentage; Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, North Carolina, was a top market by depreciation percentage.

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Ellie Mae’s September 2015 loan origination insights report:

  • Average credit scores for closed loans fell to an average FICO score of 723, the lowest since Ellie Mae began reporting data in August 2011.
  • Refinance activity represented 42 percent of overall loan volume.
  • Credit availability on refinances appears to have increased in the third quarter of 2015.

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