Daily market update: March 16, 2016

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U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s New Residential Construction in February 2016:

  • Privately-owned building permits in February were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,167,000, 3.1 percent below the revised January rate but 6.3 percent above the February 2015 estimate.
  • Privately-owned housing starts in February were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,178,000, 5.2 percent above January and 30.9 percent above February 2015.
  • Privately-owned housing completions in February were at 1,016,000, 4.2 percent below the revised January estimate but 17.5 percent above the February 2015 rate.

Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey:

  • The Market Composite Index (which measures loan application volume) decreased 3.3 percent week-over-week on a seasonally adjusted basis.
  • The Refinance Index decreased 6 percent week-over-week to its lowest level since August 2015.
  • The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 0.3 percent to its highest level since January 2016.


Preliminary Money Anxiety Index for March 2016:

  • The preliminary March index is 62.8, the same as the final reading in February.
  • The jobs market is improving.
  • However, global economic uncertainty is contributing to anxiety.


Mortgage rates:


Home equity rates:

Yesterday’s most recent market news:

Real Trends February 2016 Housing Market Report:

  • Housing sales increased 13.9 percent year-over-year.
  • This is the strongest year-over-year increase since June 2015.
  • Housing prices rose an average of 2.3 percent year-over-year.



FNC Residential Price Index for January 2016:

  • Year-over-year growth was at a 16-month high since October 2014.
  • Sales were down 0.3 percent from December.
  • However, sales were up 6.4 percent year-over-year from December 2015.

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