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Fixed-Rates Drop to 18-Month Low

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Freddie Mac has released the results of its weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS), showing average fixed mortgage rates hitting fresh lows for the year for the second consecutive week amid declining bond yields. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.92 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending Oct. 23, 2014, down from last week when it averaged 3.97 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.13 percent.Click to continue

Remodeling Market Index Returns to All-Time High

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The National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) reclaimed the high-water mark of 57 in the third quarter of 2014. This is the sixth consecutive quarter for an RMI reading above 50. An RMI above 50 indicates that more remodelers report market activity is higher (compared to the prior quarter) than report it is lower. The overall RMI averages ratings of current remodeling activity with indicators of future remodeling activity.Click to continue

MBA Forecasts $1.19 Trillion in Originations in 2015

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The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) has announced that it expects to see $1.19 trillion in mortgage originations during 2015, a seven percent increase from 2014. While MBA anticipates purchase originations will increase 15 percent, it expects refinance originations to decrease three percent.Click to continue

National Credit Default Rates Rise Slightly in September

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Data through September 2014, released by S&P Dow Jones Indices and Experian for the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices, a comprehensive measure of changes in consumer credit defaults, showed an uptick in default rates. The national composite posted 1.04 percent in September, up three basis points from July 2014’s historical low. For the second consecutive month, the first mortgage default rate rose, to 0.93 percent in September.Click to continue

Refi Apps Begin to Gain Steam

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Mortgage applications increased 11.6 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending Oct. 17, 2014. This week’s results did not include an adjustment for the Columbus Day holiday.Click to continue

Zillow Mortgages: Fixed-Rates Remain Below Four Percent

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The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) on Zillow Mortgages is currently at 3.81 percent, unchanged from this time last week. The 30-year FRM hovered around 3.85 percent for most of the week, dropping to 3.70 percent Wednesday before rising to the current rate.Click to continue

New Credit for Revolving Home Equity Loans Rises More Than 21 Percent Year-Over-Year

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Equifax has announced its latest National Consumer Credit Trends Report, the total balance of new credit for revolving home equity loans year-to-date in July 2014 is $65.9 billion, a six-year high and a year-over-year increase of 21.4 percent.Click to continue

Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Debt Outstanding Rises in Q2

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According to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), the level of commercial/multifamily mortgage debt outstanding increased by $24.9 billion in the second quarter of 2014, as three of the four major investor groups increased their holdings.Click to continue