Today’s News Synopsis:
A recession won’t help you buy a house. Mortgage rates increased slightly from last week but generally held steady with 30-year rates now at 3.58% and 15-year rates at 3.06%. The National Association of Realtors reported a 2.5% decrease in pending home sales in July.
In The News:
Freddie Mac – “Mortgage Rates Generally Hold Steady” (8-29-2019)
“Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) rate averaged 3.58 percent, a slight increase from last week.”
HousingWire – “Second Quarter GDP revised down to 2%, half the pace of a year ago” (8-29-2019)
“Reflects downward changes to residential investment, government spending, and exports.”
Realtor.com – “As Interest Rates Plummet, Should You Refinance Now?” (8-29-2019)
“As mortgage interest rates continue to drop to record lows, many homeowners are wondering: Should they refinance their mortgage right now?”
Mortgage Bankers Association – “Mortgage Production Profits Rise in Second Quarter of 2019 to Highest Since 2016” (8-29-2019)
“Independent mortgage banks (IMBs) and mortgage subsidiaries of chartered banks reported a net gain of $1,675 on each loan they originated in the second quarter of 2019, up from a reported gain of $285 per loan in the first quarter of 2019, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) newly released Quarterly Mortgage Bankers Performance Report.”
National Association of Realtors – “Pending Home Sales Decline 2.5% in July” (8-29-2019)
“Pending home sales fell in July, reversing course on two consecutive months of gains, according to the National Association of Realtors. Of the four major regions, each reported a drop in contract activity, although the greatest decline came in the West.”
Forbes – “The Fed Cut Rates. What Does This Mean For Real Estate Investors?” (8-29-2019)
“Recently, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell announced a 0.25% reduction in benchmark interest rates.”
Curbed – “Sorry, millennials: A recession won’t help you buy a house” (8-29-2019)
“The 2008 recession yielded housing bargains in subsequent years. Curbed’s data reporter explains why that won’t be the case for the next one.”
CNN – “Pending home sales are down sharply on economic uncertainty” (8-29-2019)
“Americans have been reluctant to buy homes lately, thanks to uncertainty about the US economy. Now their fears are showing up in the data.”
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