Blog

The HSH Blog

Mortgage & Housing Market News from HSH.com

Lower mortgage rates: ‘A blessing of sorts’

March 17th, 2014 | Leave a Comment | Posted in News by Tim Manni

Expert resized-HSH SpecialLast Monday, we put out a forecast for a weekly rise in mortgage rates of about 8 to 10 basis points. Luckily for rate shoppers, last week’s increase only topped half of that.

Mortgage rates were trending higher following the employment report on March 7 and into the beginning of the week of March 10. However, global economic uncertainties helped to stymie the uptick, preventing mortgage rates from rising as much as expected.

Read the rest of this entry »

Leave a Comment

Getting a mortgage more difficult for some

March 12th, 2014 (Modified on March 18th, 2014) | Leave a Comment | Posted in News by Marcie Geffner

6-Fannie-Mae-logoConsumers have a positive outlook toward housing and the U.S. economy — for the most part.

That’s according to the latest monthly National Housing Survey by Fannie Mae.

Read the rest of this entry »

Leave a Comment

Conforming 30-year hits 2014 low

March 10th, 2014 | Leave a Comment | Posted in News by Tim Manni

Refi ApplicationIf there’s one theme for this week’s review of mortgage rates it’s “act now.”

By the end of last week, mortgage rates continued on much of the same pattern they did the week prior, dropping a few basis points all around. But Keith Gumbinger, vice president of HSH.com and author of the weekly Market Trends newsletter, says the mortgage-rate dip won’t last.

Read the rest of this entry »

Leave a Comment

Fewer foreclosures could dampen spring inventory even more

March 4th, 2014 | Leave a Comment | Posted in News by Marcie Geffner

Foreclosure for SaleA precipitous decline in the number of U.S. home foreclosures this winter could mean fewer bank-owned homes will be for sale this spring.

In January, only 48,000 foreclosures were completed nationally, according to the latest report from CoreLogic, a residential property information and analytics companies, in Irvine, Calif. Read the rest of this entry »

Leave a Comment

The economy has us all confused, mortgage rates included

March 3rd, 2014 | Leave a Comment | Posted in News by Tim Manni

Whats Next 290Mortgage-rate activity last week was summed up well by HSH.com Vice President Keith Gumbinger at the conclusion of our latest Market Trends newsletter:

“Mimicking much of the economy and certainly consumer moods, mortgage rates are moving mostly sideways. There’s just enough hope and optimism that this (economic) soft patch will break up to keep rates from falling, and just enough concern that we could be in for a longer rough patch to keep them from rising much.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Leave a Comment

Mortgage rates barely move as economic uncertainty persists

February 24th, 2014 | 1 Comment | Posted in News by Tim Manni

Whats NextLast week we noted that the 2014 decline in mortgage rates was about over.

In last week’s Market Trends newsletter, a weekly examination of the economic indicators which influence mortgage rates, Keith Gumbinger wrote, “Even though the recent spate of economic data has been rather disappointing, hopes are still high that the slowness in the economy is temporary, and that we’ll start to see improvements as we move deeper into the year.”

Read the rest of this entry »

1 Comment

Harvard housing center predicts growth in remodeling activity

February 21st, 2014 | 1 Comment | Posted in News by Marcie Geffner

11182_house framingHomeowners are poised to embark on a remodeling spree this year, according to a recent report released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.

The metric, known as the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity, or LIRA, predicted double-digit gains in spending for home improvement projects in the first half of 2014 and slightly slower increases by the third quarter. Read the rest of this entry »

1 Comment

What’s new with mortgage rates?

February 19th, 2014 | Leave a Comment | Posted in News by Tim Manni

Looking over the two latest mortgage-rate reports from HSH.com, it seems as though the decline we’ve been enjoying for much of 2014 has come to an end—at least temporarily.

“Well, it was a nice run while it lasted, but of late the selloff in stocks and the corresponding decline in yields and mortgage rates has switched places, with equities again appealing to investors at the expense of bonds,” wrote Keith Gumbinger, vice president of HSH.com, in the latest Market Trends newsletter. “Although the latest economic data wasn’t great, soothing words from Fed Chair Janet Yellen [last] week about the expected path of the economy and Federal Reserve’s intentions for policy seemed to spread a bit of cheer. While this was much to the liking of stock markets, the mix of mostly softer news kept interest rates from rising by much.”

Rates rise

Read the rest of this entry »

Leave a Comment

HARP hits 3 million loans refinanced milestone

February 12th, 2014 | Leave a Comment | Posted in News by Marcie Geffner

More than 3 million homeowners have refinanced their mortgage through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) according to a recent report from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).

Introduced in April 2009, HARP was intended to help borrowers who owed more than their home was worth refinance into a loan with a lower interest rate or more stable payments.

In a statement, FHFA Director Mel Watt characterized 3 million HARP refinances as “an important accomplishment” that “represents real help” for borrowers affected by the mortgage crisis.

Read the rest of this entry »

Leave a Comment

Economic strain proves fruitful for mortgage borrowers

February 10th, 2014 | 2 Comments | Posted in News by Tim Manni

The year of rising mortgage rates, 2014, has been anything but, at least so far.

Several economic reports out last week have echoed the sentiment we first saw in the December employment report. December’s job figures took everyone by surprise, proving to be the first serious indication that the economic recovery was not on as solid of a footing as we all thought.

Combine the weaker reports in the U.S. with a Federal Reserve who has continued to reduce their market supports, not to mention economic weakness abroad, and the result has been investors the world over seeking shelter within the safe-haven of U.S. Treasuries.

Read the rest of this entry »

2 Comments

Receive Updates via Email

Delivered by FeedBurner

About the HSH Blog

HSH.com's daily blog focuses on the latest developments in the mortgage and housing markets. Our mission is to relate how changes in mortgage rates and housing policy, as well as the latest financial news, impacts consumers, homebuyers and industry insiders alike. Our 30-plus years of experience in the mortgage industry gives us an edge as we break down the latest changes in an ever-changing market.

Our bloggers:

Tim Manni

Tim Manni is the Managing Editor of HSH.com and the author of their daily blog, which concentrates on the latest developments in the mortgage and housing markets.

Connect With Us

  • rss feed icon
  • facebook icon
  • twitter icon

Compare Lowest Mortgage Rates

$