Real estate daily market update: February 2, 2018

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Thursday, February 1

Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.22 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending February 1, 2018, up from last week when it averaged 4.15 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.19 percent.
  • 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.68 percent with an average 0.5 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.62 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.41 percent.
  • 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.53 percent this week with an average 0.4 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.52. A year ago at this time, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.23 percent.

Said Len Kiefer, deputy chief economist at Freddie Mac:

“The Federal Reserve did not hike rates this week, but the market views future hikes as a near certainty. The expectation of future Fed rate hikes and increased borrowing by the U.S. Treasury is putting upward pressure on interest rates.

“The 30-year fixed rate mortgage is up over a quarter of a percentage point (27 basis points) from the first week of the year. 30-year fixed mortgage rates have increased for four consecutive weeks and are now slightly above where they were last year at this time.”

Zillow Mortgage Rate Ticker

  • The 30-year fixed mortgage rate on Zillow Mortgages is currently 4.05 percent, up seven basis points from this time last week.
  • The 30-year fixed mortgage rate rose steadily throughout the week before dipping to the current rate today.
  • The rate for a 15-year fixed home loan is currently 3.47 percent, and the rate for a 5-1 adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) is 3.52 percent.
  • The rate for a jumbo 30-year fixed loan is 4.21 percent.

Source: Zillow

“Mortgage rates continued their upward momentum of the past three weeks, touching their highest levels since March,” said Aaron Terrazas, senior economist at Zillow. “Each new wave of economic data points to a tight labor market and steady GDP growth. These rosy fundamentals, combined with the larger federal borrowing as a result of tax reform, are putting upward pressure on mortgage rates.

“This week markets will watch Friday’s January Jobs Report for continued employment gains and signs of wage growth. San Francisco Fed President John William, a voting member on the FOMC this year, is expected to speak on Friday and his comments will be closely parsed for implications for the path of interest rates ahead.”

News from earlier this week

Wednesday, January 31

Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey

Mortgage applications decreased 2.6 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 26, 2018.

  • The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 2.6 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index increased 12 percent compared with the previous week.
  • The Refinance Index decreased 3 percent from the previous week.
  • The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 3 percent from one week earlier.
  • The unadjusted Purchase Index increased 15 percent compared with the previous week and was 10 percent higher than the same week one year ago.
  • The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 47.8 percent of total applications, its lowest level since August 2017, from 49.4 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity increased to 5.7 percent of total applications.
  • The FHA share of total applications decreased to 10.7 percent from 11.4 percent the week prior. The VA share of total applications decreased to 10.1 percent from 10.9 percent the week prior. The USDA share of total applications remained unchanged at 0.8 percent.
  • The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($453,100 or less) increased to its highest level since March 2017, 4.41 percent, from 4.36 percent, with points increasing to 0.56 from 0.54 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans. The effective rate increased from last week.
  • The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balances (greater than $453,100) increased to its highest level since March 2017, 4.34 percent, from 4.31 percent, with points increasing to 0.40 from 0.38 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate increased from last week.
  • The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages backed by the FHA increased to its highest level since September 2013, 4.40 percent, from 4.37 percent, with points increasing to 0.68 from 0.65 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate increased from last week.
  • The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to its highest level since April 2011, 3.85 percent, from 3.81 percent, with points increasing to 0.60 from 0.52 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate increased from last week.
  • The average contract interest rate for 5/1 ARMs increased to its highest level since March 2011, 3.79 percent, from 3.70 percent, with points increasing to 0.41 from 0.39 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate increased from last week.

Tuesday, January 30

First American Real House Price Index

  • Real house prices increased 0.5 percent between October and November 2017.
  • Real house prices increased 5.0 percent year over year.
  • Consumer house-buying power, how much one can buy based on changes in income and interest rates, was unchanged between October and November 2017, and grew 0.9 percent year over year.
  • Real house prices are 37.7 percent below their housing boom peak in July 2006 and 16.2 percent below the level of prices in January 2000.
  • Unadjusted house prices increased by 6.0 percent in November on a year-over-year basis and are 6.3 percent above the housing boom peak in 2007.

S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices

  • The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index, covering all nine U.S. census divisions, reported a 6.2% annual gain in November, up from 6.1% in the previous month.
  • The 10-City Composite annual increase came in at 6.1%, up from 5.9% the previous month.
  • The 20-City Composite posted a 6.4% year-over-year gain, up from 6.3% the previous month.
    Seattle, Las Vegas, and San Francisco reported the highest year-over-year gains among the 20 cities.
  • In November, Seattle led the way with a 12.7% year-over-year price increase, followed by Las Vegas with a 10.6% increase, and San Francisco with a 9.1% increase. Six cities reported greater price increases in the year ending November 2017 versus the year ending October 2017.

Read the full report here.

Monday, January 29

Bankrate Mortgage Rates

  • The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increased 7 basis points to 4.27 percent.

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