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Real estate market recap, October 17-21, 2016

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

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Friday, October 21:

First American Financial Corporation Q3 2016 Real Estate Sentiment Index:

  • Title agent market production increased 7.6 percent this past quarter as compared with a year ago.
  • Title agents are forecasting residential price growth of 5 percent for the year ahead.
  • Title agents surveyed remain optimistic about transaction volumes, with a 7.2 percent increase in optimism over a year ago.

Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance HousingPulse Tracking Survey for September 2016:

  • The three-month average for non-distressed properties dropped to $302,600 in September from $310,100 in August.
  • The three-month moving average sales-to-list-price ratio was 98.0 percent in September, down from 98.6 percent in August.
  • The first-time homebuyer share of purchases in September was 34.8 percent.

Thursday, October 20:

National Association of Realtors’ Existing-Home Sales Data for September 2016:

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  • Existing-home sales were up 3.2 percent in September month-over-month.
  • This was propelled by a 34-percent share of first-time buyers.
  • The median existing-home price for all housing types in September was $234,200.

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Wednesday, October 19:

Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey:

  • Mortgage applications increased 0.6 percent from one week earlier for the week ending Oct. 14, 2016.
  • The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 61.5 percent of total applications from 62.4 percent the previous week.
  • The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,000 or less) increased to 3.73 percent from 3.68 percent.

U.S. Census Bureau/U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s New Residential Construction for September 2015:

  • Single-family authorizations in September were at a rate of 739,000, 0.4 percent above August 2016’s revised figures.
  • Single-family housing starts in September were at a rate of 783,000, 8.1 percent above August 2016’s revised figures.
  • Single-family housing completions in September were at a rate of 687,000, 8.8 percent below August 2016’s revised figures.

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Ellie Mae’s Origination Insights Report for September 2016:

  • The average time to close all loans increased to 48 days in September 2016 from 46 days in August 2016.
  • The 30-year note rate declined to 3.750.
  • Closing rates experienced a slight decrease to 71.8 percent.

Tuesday, October 18:

Houzz Renovation Barometer for Q3 2016:

  • The barometer (which tracks industry optimism in market improvements) posted high readings for Q3 across all industry groups.
  • Architects reported a five-quarter decline in confidence in market gains.
  • Remodelers and design-build firms reported that labor shortages are driving cost increases.

First American Financial Corporation’s Potential Home Sales Model for September 2016:

  • Potential existing-home sales increased to a 5.8 million seasonally adjusted, annualized rate (SAAR).
  • In September, the market potential for existing-home sales grew by 6.5 percent compared with September 2015.
  • The potential existing-home sales is 351,000 (SAAR) or 6.0 percent below the pre-recession peak of market potential, which occurred in July 2005.

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Monday, October 17:

Re/Max’s October 2016 National Housing Report:

  • Home sales fell 11.7 percentage points from August to September.
  • However, home sales were up 2.0 percentage points form September 2015 to September 2016.
  • The median sales price in September was $219,780, 5.1 percent above one year ago.

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