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Should I get a fixed- or adjustable-rate mortgage?

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What will your monthly mortgage payment be?

In the market for a new home? Or planning to refinance? Find out what your monthly payment will be.

Looking for a home in Berlin or Budapest? Prepare to pay more

Europe took 11 of the top 20 spots on a ranking of cities with the largest price increases in the first quarter, according to global property agency Knight Frank.

Zillow buys a mortgage lender and the stock tanks

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Is Manhattan's rental market finally cooling off?

Rent prices in Manhattan are slowing down and landlords are offering concessions as inventory on the island grows.

Was my home a good investment?

Calculate the return on your home and how it compares to returns on stocks, bonds and overall home prices.

Housing market remains strong, despite mortgage rate worries

Homebuilder Lennar reported sales and profits that topped forecasts and indicated there is still healthy demand for new homes despite rising mortgage rates.

Why West Coast home prices are surging

The hottest markets are in the West, and it's creating an affordability issue.

What to spend money on (and what to DIY) as a new homeowner

Angie Hicks, co-founder of Angie's List, talks about how to keep your costs in check as a new homeowner.

He made $400,000 flipping a house

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How to save $9,000 on your mortgage

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It's tough to be a homebuyer in Seattle

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Are you ready to buy a home?

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Home Depot's sluggish sales may be warning sign for housing

Home Deport reported sales growth that missed Wall Street's forecasts. The company specifically cited a 'slow start' to spring as a problem. Bad weather did hurt sales. But rising mortgage rates might be a bigger problem going forward.

Even rising mortgage rates won't stop homebuyers

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Home prices are on an epic run

Real estate prices posted an annual gain of 6.3% in February, and have been rising continuously for the past 70 months.

How these hurricane-ravaged states have avoided a housing disaster -- so far

An expected deluge of hurricane-related foreclosures has so far been avoided, thanks in part to new provisions by federal agencies and regulations imposed after the financial crisis.

5 ways to afford your first home

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London's property market is in a coma

London experienced years of booming property prices. But the market has now ground to a halt. Real Estate

Gardens and Mountains in Australia

This luxury period-style home on more than 50,000 square feet of land has a national park out the back door and is just a 90-minute drive from Sydney.

The Challenges of Selling a Hollywood Home

In Los Angeles, an abode that has housed generations of Hollywood legends can be the ultimate status symbol, but there are complications when it is time to sell.

Hollywood Producer Joel Silver Sells Malibu Home for $38 million

Joel Silver, producer of the “Die Hard” and “Matrix” film franchises, sold his Malibu, Calif., home on Carbon Beach for $38 million.

Ziff Family Florida Compound Is Seeking Almost $200 Million

Known as “Gemini,” the nearly 16-acre estate south of Palm Beach is one of the highest priced listings in the country

An Apple Manager's Headquarters for High Jinks

A creative director crafts a San Francisco home dedicated to daring, whimsy and fun.

Japan's Creative, Ephemeral Homes

Buyers value new, highly personalized houses—forget resales. This model has one happy side-effect: a flourishing of some of the world’s most wonderfully bizarre architecture.

Soho Penthouse Seeks $29.995 Million

The seller is Jon Venetos, the former head of Surveyor Capital, which is part of hedge-fund giant Citadel.

Developers Put on the Glitz for Busy Fall Selling Season

Increasingly, developers use a wide range of splashy affairs to promote luxury residential real-estate sales in autumn, the most important sales period after spring.

Microsoft Opens Flagship Store on Fifth Avenue

Microsoft will step onto one of the world’s biggest retail stages Monday when it opens its Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan as part of its strategy to boost direct contact with consumers.

A Resnick Scion Strikes Out on His Own

With a new Chelsea condominium that’s 80% sold, Scott Resnick shows he’s up to the challenge of developing residential projects on his own.

Shopping Mall Developer Taubman Dies

A. Alfred Taubman, the self-made billionaire who cemented the enclosed shopping mall into American culture has died. He was 91.

Fannie, Freddie to Lower Fees

The Federal Housing Finance Agency is set to direct Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to reduce mortgage fees on some borrowers.

An App That Helps Glimpse the Future

Rokitt’s augmented-reality technology helps architects and residents see a skyline’s potential.

What's the Deal

A roundup of real-estate news in the tri-state region

New York's Institutional Building Spree

Projects by schools, hospitals and others more than tripled in the first half of this year compared with a year earlier.

Stonewall Inn, Historic Gay Site, May Become New York City Landmark

The city Landmarks Preservation Commission is scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesday on designating the Stonewall Inn as an individual landmark for its pivotal role in New York City’s social history.

Red Berries Are Coming Back to New Jersey

In a sign of the changing beverage market, a longtime plant and distribution facility of juice maker Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. will soon be home to the company Bai Brands, which produces drinks made from the coffee fruit.

Rent Regulations Expire as Deal Eludes Lawmakers

New York City’s rent regulations expired at midnight Monday as Albany lawmakers couldn’t agree on how to renew a law that afforded protection to more than two million people.

A House Made for a Sailor

The Kroeses are selling their waterside home in Westbrook, Conn., designed to complement lives spent largely on sailboats. The nautically themed home is on the market for $1.975 million.

Group Wants Parking Lots Converted to Elderly Housing

A study by the advocacy group LiveOn NY has identified 39 parking lots in the five boroughs that it says are underused and would be better used as housing for seniors.

What's the Deal: News Digest

A round-up of commercial real-estate news in the Greater New York region.

Rent a Desk, or Bathroom, in New York City With an App

A slew of innovative app-based services help New Yorkers instantly book short stints at the smallest of city spaces—a bathroom, a living room, an office. Need a pit stop? Try Airpnp.

In Franklin Lakes, People Tend to Stay Awhile

The affluent New Jersey community, population 10,600, is about 25 miles from Manhattan. Residents are drawn by its well-regarded public schools, relatively low property taxes and bucolic atmosphere.

Avison Young Hires Big to Accelerate Growth in New York

A. Mitti Liebersohn has left his longtime brokerage team at JLL to join Avison Young’s New York office.

What's the Deal: News Digest

A roundup of real-estate news in the Greater New York area.

Designers Put Cork in It

Once dismissed as cheap and ugly, cork is becoming cool as top designers create pieces that are not only sustainable, but covetable.

Five Midcentury Homes for Interiors Inspiration

Take a tour of these classic residences, including Modernist designer Eileen Gray’s 1929 villa, now open to the public after years of restoration.

Design's Best-Kept Secret: Eames Radios

Collectors are tuning into radios designed by Charles and Ray Eames—a more accessible way to own an original by the midcentury masters.

Basic Home Essentials That Are Anything But Ordinary

Even if you aren’t ready for Marie Kondo’s life-changing magic, you can still embrace the beauty of simplicity by investing in items that are functional and stylish.

Five Fresh Spring Vases

Choose the perfect vase to display those long-awaited spring flowers at their best.

Ways to Give Your House Away

Anyone inspired to donate their home to charity should know that the tax rules are complicated.

Chita Rivera on the Leap That Launched Her Dance Career

The actress/dancer was a tomboy who grew up in a lively Washington, D.C., home.

Comedian Mike Myers Lists New York Duplex for $16.95 Million

The “Austin Powers” creator purchased the 4,200-square-foot penthouse in Soho for roughly $7.9 million in 2007

Philadelphia Penthouse Is Listing for a Record $17.6 Million

Under construction, the apartment has the highest asking price in the city.

Where Luxury Homes Sell the Fastest

An analysis of home listings over a two-month period identifies San Jose, Calif., as the place where home buyers need to act quickly.

Extreme Closet Makeover

A look inside the $85,000 closet renovation of a California doctor.

Westchester's Priciest House Is Listing For $29.5 Million

The 98-acre property in Mount Kisco, N.Y. was once owned by showman Billy Rose

Advantages of a One-of-a-Kind Home

Homes with a special feature that is no longer allowed under local building rules may give owners an edge when it’s time to sell.

The French Riviera at a Bargain

There are rare deals in glittering Cap d’Antibes, the onetime party spot of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

Barcelona's Draw as 'Urban Resort'

Spain’s second city is luring new home buyers who like the city-and-surf lifestyle of the coastal metropolis.

After Foreclosures, Home Buyers Are Back

Many who lost their homes during the early part of the financial crisis are rebounding after credit-penalty phase.

CBRE Global Investors Buys Stake in Three GGP Malls

One of the world’s largest real-estate asset managers has purchased a 49% stake in three malls in a deal that values them at more than $1 billion and shows that investors still have an appetite for top-tier retail property.

FAO Schwarz Is Returning to New York

A dominant presence in Midtown Manhattan for decades before its closure in 2015, the toy store is coming to life again with a new, 20,000-square-foot Rockefeller Center location.

Sportswear-Maker Puma to Open New York Flagship

Germany’s Puma has signed a lease deal to creating a marquee location on Fifth Avenue that will be the first of its kind for the company in North America.

Kushner Cos., Brookfield Near a Deal for Stake in 666 Fifth Ave.

The real estate arm of Brookfield Asset Management is in advanced talks with Kushner Cos. to buy roughly a 50% stake in 666 Fifth Ave. and invest hundreds of millions of dollars in the Manhattan office tower, which has been at the center of a controversy over possible conflicts of interest involving Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser.

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MBS RECAP: Uneventful Start; Consolidation Continues

Posted To: MBS Commentary

As of October 16th, we'd been tracking the most recent consolidation in bond yields (and stocks for that matter) waiting for a breakout to suggest the next dose of momentum. Stocks broke higher with conviction while bonds merely trickled sideways. Still, they'd technically broken the consolidation, thus implying more momentum toward higher rates. By the end of the following day, it showed up as 10yr yields moved back over 3.2%. That began a 2nd, bigger, broader consolidation pattern--the one we're currently tracking (discussed in the Day Ahead ). Much like the previous pattern, the current consolidation is set to run out of room no later than Wednesday of this week. It took an exceptionally calm day today in order for bonds to remain inside the lines. If there's an indication...(read more)

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Mortgage Rates Little-Changed to Begin The Week

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Mortgage rates didn't move much today. Lenders who made changes to Friday's rate sheets generally did so toward slightly higher rates. Actually, it would be more precise to say those lenders raised upfront costs associated with any given rate. This is typical on days where the broader rate market is slightly weaker, but not weak enough for mortgage lenders to adjust mortgage rates by the standard 0.125% increment. In the bigger picture , this leaves the average lender quoting conventional 30yr fixed rates of roughly 5% on top tier scenarios. There were no major developments or economic reports to move the bond market (which underlies rates) today. The rest of the week is on the light side as well, but things pick up on Thursday and Friday. Loan Originator Perspective Bond markets slumbered...(read more)

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Training & Events; False Claims Penalty; Lender Products & Services

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Residential mortgage bankers are notoriously bad at actually retiring. They usually seem to come back as teachers, consultants, remodelers, etc. But plenty of people do retire, and per U.S. News the #1 place to retire is... Lancaster, PA ? Bring a sweater. Legal news Eagle Home... Universal American Mortgage Company, LLC, based in Miami and operating as a subsidiary of Lennar Corporation, has agreed to pay the United States $13.2 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by falsely certifying that it complied with FHA mortgage insurance requirements in connection with certain loans. "...between January 1, 2006, and December 31, 2011, UAMC knowingly submitted loans for FHA insurance that did not qualify. The United States further alleged that UAMC improperly incentivized...(read more)

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MBS Week Ahead: Limited Data, Bond Auctions, and More Indecision

Posted To: MBS Commentary

The basic candlestick or bar chart that the average bond analyst uses to track 10yr Treasury yields is doing a good job of capturing the current opposing forces in rates. On the one hand , the combination of economic data, NAFTA 2.0, and Fed comments (among other things) makes a logical case for higher rates. This is easily seen as the pervasive series of "higher lows" over the past 2 months. On the other hand , doubts about the sustainability of lofty economic numbers and doubts about the market's ability to thrive with 10yr yields over 3.25% make a case for support. This can be seen in the less-developed series of "lower highs" leading back from the long-term high 2 weeks ago. The result is the typical triangle--a consolidation pattern where the higher lows and lower...(read more)

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Bright Economic Outlook Muted by Housing Data

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Fannie Mae's Economic and Strategic Research (ESR) group is still expecting that economic growth will "likely" be solid in the third quarter, but they are otherwise hedging their bets. In their October Outlook, the economists said the lower job growth in September does not alter their view that the labor market is strong, but GDP growth has probably slowed from its second quarter pace, partly reflecting a deceleration of product investment and consumer spending. The surge of soybean exports that tried to get ahead of tariffs has subsided and with a strengthening dollar, the trade deficit has probably widened, and residential fixed investment is probably also down, extending that decline into a third straight quarter. Real estate sales commissions are part of that calculation and home sales...(read more)

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Purchase Share, FICOs, ARMs All Increasing -EllieMae

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The share of closed loans originated for home purchase continues to inch higher. Ellie Mae, in its September Origination Insight Report , says that share jumped from 68 percent in August to 71 percent . The upward trend in purchasing was most pronounced for FHA loans where the share rose 5 percentage points to 83 percent. For Conventional loans the share moved to 69 percent from 66 percent while there was only a 1-point increase in the VA share, to 73 percent. The distribution of loans did shift slightly for the first time in months. The VA and FHA shares of closed loans remained at 10 and 20 percent respectively but the Conventional shared dipped by 1 point to 65 percent. The share of adjustable rate mortgages (ARMS) increased to 7.2 percent from 6.6 percent in August. "We see refinances remain...(read more)

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MBS RECAP: Super Sideways and Slightly Weaker

Posted To: MBS Commentary

Bonds were stuck between a rock and a hard place today. Actually they were stuck between stocks and a European place. Stocks made a case for a bond rally (not that stocks are in total control of bonds, but all other things being equal, stocks' intraday momentum is frequently seen accompanying bond rallies). European markets pushed in the other direction with German Bund yields rising 3 times as fast as US 10yr yields. The net effect was moderate weakness, mostly early in the day. That stands to reason as Europe is closed during the 2nd half of our domestic trading day (therefore not around to keep adding is influence). In the bigger picture, the weakness wasn't a big deal. We're effectively sideways at 7-year highs in rates. That's been the case for most of the month. Stocks...(read more)

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Rates Edge Back Toward Long-Term Highs

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Mortgage rates failed to extend yesterday's modest improvement, moving modestly higher by the end of the day. This takes the average lender very close to the long-term highs seen on October 5th. Indeed, prospective borrowers shouldn't be surprised to see the highest rates since early 2011. In and of itself, today wasn't too dramatic. We were already fairly close to these highs yesterday and, in general, have been holding in a fairly sideways pattern nearby for most of the month. As has been the case for more than 2 years, we are in a rising rate environment, and there's no compelling reason for an immediate change. That said, the higher rates go, the harder it will be for them to continue moving higher. Additionally, when rates are historically high, we tend to see more "false starts" that...(read more)

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Existing Home Sales Extend Slump, But Inventory Holds Annual Gain

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Existing home sales slipped in September, following a month in which sales were almost totally flat. The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) said that closed transactions for existing single family homes, townhouses, condos, and cooperative apartments was at a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.15 million in September. This was a 3.4 percent decline from both the July and August rate, both of which came in at 5.34 million units. The last month in which existing home sales posted a month-over-month gain was in March. Sales are now down 4.1 percent year-over-year from the September 2017 rate of 5.37 million. Analysts polled by Econoday, after overshooting the mark for five straight existing home sales reports, lowered the bar for September. Despite this, the NAR report missed even the lowest...(read more)

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Appraisal White Paper; Data Filter Product; Capital Markets News

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Everyone, and their brother, knows that the costs for builders to build a home are increasing. Politics aside, it turns out that the tariff changes are indeed impacting the cost of remodeling and building, and NAHB released a list of products affected by tariffs, including nails. Did you know that, per a Freddie Mac poll, 78% of Americans now say that renting is more affordable than owning? Higher rates and home prices are the obvious factors although in some areas wage growth has overtaken house price appreciation. New rental supply, on the other hand, has hit a three-decade high. Appraisal and valuation news In 2017, more than six million homes were sold in the U.S. and there were more than two million licensed real estate agents. By contrast, there were only about 80,000 appraisers. The...(read more)

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MBS Day Ahead: Risks and Opportunities With Past Precedent

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We've talked a bit (in this commentary and in the live chat on MBS Live ) about the similarities between the October sell-off and one seen in April/May 2018. Both took yields to what were, at the time, the highest yields in years. Both examples have an initial spike followed by several weeks of narrower trading with a trend-line of "higher lows" being the most noticeable feature during those weeks. As you can see in the following chart, that's the phase that we're currently in (those "weeks of narrower trading with a trend-line of higher lows"). If October ends up like April/May, the there's another spike left to come. The lines along the bottom of the chart are fast and slow stochastics--momentum indicators. The move in May 2018--where both are heading lower...(read more)

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MBS RECAP: Bonds Find Buyers Thanks to Europe

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Bond markets began the day almost perfectly unchanged relative to yesterday's latest levels. That means the nasty little afternoon selling spree was still priced-in as of this morning. That continued to be the case until the 11am hour. At that point, European markets were beginning a decisive risk-off move heading into the end of their trading day. This was fueled primarily by Italy being put in the hot seat at an EU summit. While that wasn't the initial aim of the summit, Italy became the focus due to concerns among other EU nations regarding adherence to budget rules. In other words, the other countries were telling mom and dad (EU Commission) "hey! make Italy play fair." Italy has been throwing a bit of a tantrum saying "I don't wanna and I'm not gonna!"...(read more)

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Mortgage Rates Recover With Help From an Old Friend

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Mortgage rates recovered most of yesterday's losses today, following turmoil in European financial markets. What does Europe have to do with rates in the US? A lot, actually. In fact, Europe deserves credit for most of the glacial move toward lower rates seen from early 2014 through mid-2016, and was a key ingredient of the low rate environment in 2011-2012. More recently, Europe has been heading in a more American direction when it comes to monetary policy, and that's resulted in upward pressure on rates. Most recently, investors are having some doubts about Italy's willingness to play nice with EU rules. When that happens, investors seek safety in the core of the European bond market. In other words, they buy bonds from Germany and other safe-haven countries. While US bonds aren't high on...(read more)

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Annual Rent Growth Finally Turns Negative

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Evidence is growing that the housing market is cooling, and Zillow is adding to the pile of proof. However, its contribution points more to a slowdown in the rental market than breaking any news about housing prices. The company says that annual rent growth has now slowed nationally for eight straight months and turned negative on an annual basis last month for the first time since July 2012. The annual rate of growth in September was -0.2 percent, not only a negative but far from the peak rate of appreciation, 6.6 percent, in July 2015. Still, monthly rent is hardly pocket change. The national median after that 0.2 percent or $36.00 decline, was $1,440. Rents were lower in 19 of the country's 35 largest housing markets and were unchanged in three more. The largest decline , 2.7 percent, was...(read more)

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Rise of The Real Estate Teams

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Anyone who has ever worked as a real estate agent will understand the real reasons behind a new finding from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). The organization recently conducted a survey among its Realtor members to find out how many considered themselves as members of a team . The survey, conducted in July, involved a sample of 50,436 active Realtors . A total of 3,483 useable responses were received for an overall response rate of 6.9 percent. The responses indicated that the team concept is becoming more common in the real estate world, although it certainly is not dominating it. Twenty-six percent of respondents said they were members of a team. NAR says the definition of a real estate team varies and in some cases is a legal definition. Some states describe it as two or...(read more)

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HELOC and Digital Products; Training And Events

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Whether it is reducing the number of cookies in a package and keeping the price the same or putting less ounces of cereal in a box and keeping the price the same, both are ways of slyly passing on costs to consumers. In housing, the same thing can be done. It turns out that 10% of the homes in Seattle consist of a single room ! Is this 1720? (Think your job is tough? What about appraisers appraising, and investors valuing, homes with only one room?) As we head toward winter, and higher rates, on the flip side Trulia analysis shows 17% of U.S. listings have dropped asking prices . Housing outpacing wage gains is not a long-term recipe for success for real estate. Training and Events Join me for lunch next week! On Thursday, October 25 th at Wente Vineyards in Livermore, CA join me, the California...(read more)

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MBS Day Ahead: Scary Technical Pattern Shaping Up For Bonds

Posted To: MBS Commentary

What is a pivot point ? In our primer on the topic, I talk mostly about levels that have repeatedly offered resistance or support to bond yields, but there's another relevant addition to the definition. Pivot points can also be suggested by a singular bounce at long-term high/low. It's not necessarily the first bounce that suggests a certain level as a pivot. Rather, it's when yields return to that level and fail to break on through to the other side. With all of the above in mind, 2018's previous ceiling at 3.128% (we'll call it 3.13% ) is shaping up as just such a pivot point. It acted as a floor as long ago as last Thursday, but yields were holding close--something they often do before attempting to break through. Yesterday's weakness pushed us far enough away from...(read more)

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Mortgage Rates Back up to Recent Highs

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Mortgage rates moved higher at a quicker pace today, following the release of the Minutes from the most recent Fed meeting. But correlation isn't necessarily causality in this case. The Minutes provide a more detailed account of the Fed meeting that resulted in September's rate hike. That rate hike was foregone conclusion and the Fed has been a relative open book in the intervening 3 weeks. In other words, there wasn't bound to be much by way of surprises. Even so, investors are always looking for clues in this more robust snapshot of the Fed's decision-making process. As such, it has the potential to cause some market volatility . There was market volatility today--especially for bonds (which directly affect mortgage rates). It's debatable whether it was purely a function of the Fed. More...(read more)

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MBS RECAP: Fed Proves to be Mere Speedbump For Bond Sellers

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Hindsight really is 20/20, and foresight wasn't too bad either. Either way, the picture is becoming clearer as bond yields move back toward recent highs in the wake of today's Fed Minutes. Let's start with the foresight . We'd been expecting (or at least entertaining the strong possibility) bonds to weaken earlier this week in the event the stock market found its footing. Stocks found that footing yesterday, but bonds didn't panic too much. My conclusion from yesterday's recap was that "bond traders could be waiting to make their move until tomorrow afternoon's Fed Minutes," or that we were getting a temporary boost from somewhere. Today's uneventful Fed announcement (stocks closed right at pre-Fed levels and bonds didn't really make a big move...(read more)

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Housing Construction Down But Not Out

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All three reports on residential construction activity in September were disappointing, but no more so than any of the other housing data that speaks to the ongoing process of leveling-off. While there had been some erosion expected from the August numbers, the actual data did not meet analysts' expectations. Upward revisions to August permitting took some of the sting out of that report, but the opposite happened with housing starts. Results were particularly poor in the South, likely resulting from the impact of Hurricane Florence . Permits for residential construction were issued at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,241,000 units. This is 0.6 percent lower than the August estimate of 1,249,000 and 1.0 percent below the annual rate of 1,254,000 the previous September. The August number...(read more)

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MBS Day Ahead: Fed Minutes Approach; and a Musical Guest!

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There are only so many ways to say that bonds are range-bound and waiting for the motivation to break that range. Could it be the Fed Minutes today? Sure! But could the Fed Minutes also be a non-event that only prolongs the sideways indecision? Again, sure! One thing to keep in mind about this particular release of the Fed Minutes is that they pertain to a meeting where the Fed hiked rates, kept its rate hike outlook essentially unchanged, and published the least-edited version of their policy statement that we've seen in modern memory. The only noticeable change was the abandonment of the word "accommodative"--a qualitative reference to where the Fed views itself on a spectrum of tight/loose monetary policy. All of the above places a tremendous amount of emphasis on the Minutes...(read more)

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Self-Employed UW Products; Appraisal and Valuation Updates

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As thousands of MBA conference attendees head for the DC airports, what’s the chatter? Regulators who want to remind lenders that not being able to afford a compliance department doesn’t allow a company to make RESPA violations. That it is perfectly legal for builders to offer granite countertops, and to have a preferred lender. Companies who seem afraid, with the current industry-wide appetite for LOs, to tick off loan officers, so “drudgery” like teaching them compliance, how to use the LOS, etc., has fallen by the wayside. About how great a start Bob Broeksmit is off to as president of the MBA, and the value of the MBA’s charity, MBA Opens Doors Foundation , has in helping families. Lender Products and Services Gearing up for 2019, Lenders must reassess their...(read more)

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MBA Forecast: Purchase Originations to Remain Healthy as Fed Hikes Rates

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Purchase mortgage originations are expected to increase a bit in 2019, but not by enough to offset the continuing decline in refinancing. A forecast from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), released Tuesday at its 2018 Annual Convention and Expo, predicts a 4.2 percent gain over the 2018 volume of purchase mortgages next year to a total of $1.24 trillion. However, the association expects refinancing activity to fall 12.3 percent to $395 billion. The result will be a net decrease of about $1 trillion in total originations to $1.63 trillion. Business should pick up in 2020; total volume is expected to be $1.68 trillion. Purchase originations are expected to increase to $1.27 trillion and even refinancing will gain ground, rising to $410 billion. Mike Fratantoni, MBA chief economist and senior...(read more)

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Mortgage Apps Take a Nosedive, Rates on the Rise

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Mortgage applications were down last week by the largest seasonally adjusted percentage since September 2017 . The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) said its Market Composite Index, a measure of application volume, dropped by 7.1 percent during the week ended October 12, and was down 7.0 percent unadjusted. There was a minor holiday, Columbus Day, that shortened the week for some financial institutions, but MBA said its numbers were adjusted to account for the holiday. Refinancing also suffered a major loss, declining 9 percent compared to the week ended October 5. It was the largest dip since the week ended November 24, 2017. The share of mortgage activity ticked down to 38.1 percent of total applications from 39.0 percent during the week ended October 5. The Purchase Index lost 6 percent...(read more)

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MBS RECAP: Uneventful Day For Bonds; Fed Minutes Tomorrow

Posted To: MBS Commentary

The S&P recovered roughly half of its losses from last week today, decisively breaking out of the consolidation pattern that had been in place through this morning. Bonds, on the other hand, are still in the consolidation pattern that accompanied the stock market volatility. In that sense, it was a good day (i.e. no one would have been surprised to see bond yields rise in concert with the big bounce in stocks). Bond traders could be waiting to make their move until tomorrow afternoon's Fed Minutes, or bonds could have simply benefits from a glut of retirement account funding associated with yesterday's tax deadline. Either way, they were clearly not willing to rally in any significant way. We still need to see 10yr yields break below 3.13% and hold those gains for a day or two before...(read more)

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