Daily market update: April 20, 2016

Mortgage rates plus all the latest daily real estate market news

We’ll add more market news briefs throughout the day. Check back to read the latest.

National Association of Realtors Existing-Home Sales for March 2016:

  • Total existing-home sales were up 5.1 percent (seasonally adjusted) month-over-month.
  • Sales are up 1.5 percent year-over-year.
  • The median existing-home price for March was $222,700, up 5.7 percent year-over-year.

March EHS Infographic

Architecture Billings Index (ABI) for March 2016:

  • The March ABI score was 51.9, up from 50.3 in February.
  • The new projects inquiry index was 58.1, down from 59.5 in February.
  • Regional averages for the following regions were: South (52.4), Northeast (51.0), West (50.4), Midwest (49.8)

Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey:

  • Mortgage applications increased 1.3 percent week-over-week (adjusted).
  • The refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 55.4 percent of total applications from 54.9 percent.
  • The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,000 or less) increased to 3.83 percent from 3.82 percent.

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Yesterday’s most recent market news:

U.S. Census Bureau/U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development New Residential Construction for March 2016:

  • Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in March were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,086,000, down 7.7 percent month-over-month but up 4.6 percent year-over-year.
  • Privately-owned housing starts in March were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,089,000, down 8.8 percent month-over-month but up 14.2 percent year-over-year.
  • Privately-owned housing completions in March were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,061,000, up 3.5 percent month-over-month and up 31.6 percent year-over-year.

CoreLogic’s Market Pulse Report for April 2016:

  • The cash sales share of all home sales from December 2015 through February 2016 was 34 percent.
  • Completed foreclosures were down 10 percent year-over-year.
  • Home prices were up 6.8 percent year-over-year.


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