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Home equity rates:
Friday, September 23:
- Closing time for all loans remained 46 days for the third consecutive month, and the time to close refis dropped to 46 days in August.
- The average 30-year rate for all loans decreased from 3.87 in July to 3.77 in August.
- 13 percent of closed purchase loans had FICO scores over 800 and 58 percent of closed loans had FICO scores of 700 to 799.
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- The monthly prepayment rate increased by 32 percent month-over-month.
- Delinquencies fell 6 percent month-over-month.
- Inventory of loans in foreclosure has declined for 19 consecutive months and in 51 of the past 52 months.
- House prices rose 0.5 percent (seasonally adjusted) in July 2016.
- The 0.2 percent June 2016 increase was revised to 0.3 percent.
- Year-over-year, prices rose 5.8 percent.
- The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.48 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending September 22, 2016.
- This is down from last week, when it averaged 3.50 percent.
- One year ago, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.86 percent.
- Total existing-home sales declined 0.9 percent.
- The seasonally adjusted annual rate for August was 5.33 million, down from a downwardly revised 5.38 million in July 2016.
- Sales are at their second-lowest pace of 2016, but they are up 0.8 percent from one year ago (5.29 million) nonetheless.
- There were 12,718 mortgage applications estimated to have indications of fraud in Q2 2016.
- The mortgage application fraud risk index was up 3.9 percent year-over-year in Q2 2016.
- Florida continues to be the riskiest state for mortgage application fraud.
Wednesday, September 21:
- Mortgage applications decreased 7.3 percent from one week earlier.
- The refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 63.1 percent of total applications from 62.9 percent the previous week.
- The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances increased to 3.70 percent from 3.67 percent week-over-week.
Tuesday, September 20:
- Single-family housing unit authorizations in August were at a rate of 737,000, 3.7 percent above July 2016.
- Single-family housing starts in August were at a rate of 722,000, this is 6.0 percent below July.
- Single-family housing completions in August were at a rate of 752,000; 0.3 percent below July.
- The market for existing-home sales is underperforming its potential by 5.6 percent.
- In August, the market potential for existing-home sales grew 1.08 percent month-over-month.
- Potential existing-home sales increased to 5.78 million, 91.9 percent above the December 2008 market bottom.
Monday September 19:
- The index jumped to its highest point since October 2015, rising six points to 65.
- This is up from a downwardly revised August reading of 59.
- The index measuring traffic of prospective buyers posted a four-point gain to 48.
- Home sales increased 5.8 percent year-over-year in August 2016.
- The median home price was up 5.1 percent year-over-year to $225,900.
- Inventory in August averaged 3.4 months’ supply — 6 months is considered a balanced market.
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