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Real estate market recap, March 21-25, 2016

The big news in real estate markets, recapped for your convenience

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Thursday, March 24:

Fannie Mae’s Q1 2016 Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey:

  • Lenders reported that purchase demand decreased significantly during the past three months.
  • Refinance mortgage demand was expected to increase significantly in the next quarter.
  • On net, lenders reported tightening of credit standards for government loans for the first time since Q3 2014.

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Wednesday, March 23:

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development/U.S. Census Bureau’s February 2016 new residential sales:

  • Sales of new single-family homes were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 512,000.
  • This is 2.0 percent higher than January but 6.1 percent below the February 2015 estimate.
  • The median sales price of new homes sold in February 2016 was $301,400; the average sales price was $348,900.

Black Knight Financial Services’ First Look at February 2016 mortgage data:

  • The total U.S. loan delinquency rate was 4.45 percent, down 12.57 percent month-over-month and 15.93 percent year-over-year.
  • The total foreclosure pre-sale inventory rate was 1.30 percent, down 0.64 percent month-over-month and 24.59 percent year-over-year.
  • The total foreclosure starts were 84,300, up 17.25 percent month-over-month and 9.20 percent year-over-year.

Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey:

  • Mortgage applications decreased 3.3 percent week-over-week on a seasonally adjusted basis.
  • The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 53.9 percent of total applications from 55.0 percent the previous week.
  • The average contract interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with conforming loan balances decreased to 3.93 percent from 3.94 percent the previous week.

Tuesday, March 22:

First American’s Real Estate Sentiment Index (RESI) for Q1 2016:

  • The RESI decreased 4.4 percent from Q4 2015.
  • Quarter over quarter, purchase market sentiment declined 4.2 percent.
  • Refinance mortgage sentiment declined 4.9 percent quarter-over-quarter.

Federal Housing Finance Agency’s January 2016 Home Price Index:

  • The home price index was up 0.5 percent nationally month-over-month on a seasonally adjusted basis for January 2016.
  • The index was up 6.0 percent year-over-year.
  • Monthly price changes ranged from -1.0 percent in the Middle Atlantic census division to 1.7 percent in the South Altantic census division.

Monday, March 21:

National Association of Realtors February 2016 Existing Home Sales:

  • Total existing-home sales dropped 7.1 percent month-over-month on a seasonally adjusted basis from January to February.
  • Sales increased 2.2 percent year-over-year, however,
  • The median existing-home price for all housing types in February was 210,800, up 4.4 percent year-over-year.

February EHS Infographic

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