Monthly Archives: August 2011

Austin Mortgage Market Update – For the week of August 29, 2011

Last week’s “difficulty” for the housing market came from the news that New Home Sales dropped 0.7% for July, to a 298,000 annual rate. They’ve been in this low range since May of last year, competing with existing homes selling at discounts. But there is opportunity. The inventory of new homes dropped to its lowest level on record. Equally encouraging, the new home median price is up 4.7% over a year ago and the average price is up 8.0%. Continue reading

Austin Mortgage Market Update – For the week of August 22, 2011

Ms. Schucman was the Columbia University clinical psychologist who “scripted” A Course in Miracles. Many are hoping for a miracle to send the housing market into recovery, but Ms. Schucman says we only need to look at a situation properly to find an opportunity. A proper look at the housing market shows there’s plenty of opportunity, in the form of unbelievable affordability, tremendous values and historic mortgage rates. These opportunities are there for those who take a long view and close their ears to the naysayers, who have been noisy of late. Continue reading

Austin Mortgage Market Update – For the week of August 15, 2011

It certainly was a volatile week for stocks (see below), but mortgage rates just calmly headed lower. This of course was directly related to the turbulent stock market, which sent investors to the relative safety of bonds, pushing mortgage bond prices up and interest rates down. Last week, rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages hit a new low for the year, while rates on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages, 5-year adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) and 1-year ARMs all registered new all-time lows. Small wonder purchase loan demand was up a bit over a year ago. Continue reading

Austin Mortgage Market Update – For the week of August 8, 2011

Last week’s silver lining for housing came in the form of mortgage rates, pushed lower by the cloud of financial market turmoil. The average 30-year fixed rate stayed near historic lows, while the average 15-year fixed rate hit a new low for records back to 1991. The average rate for 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) also made a new low for records since 2005. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reported purchase loan applications UP 5.1% over the week before and UP 5.9% over a year ago. Continue reading

Austin Mortgage Market Update – For the week of August 1, 2011

Maybe the famous actress liked the slow approach, but it sure would be nice if our housing recovery were moving faster than a snail’s pace. Last week’s most positive note came with Pending Sales of Existing Homes, UP 2.4% for June. This was especially gratifying coming on the heels of the 8.2% gain for May. These figures bode well for Existing Home Sales a few months out. Continue reading