Monthly Archives: February 2012

Texas Mortgage Market Update – For the week of February 27, 2012

Texas Mortgage Market Update – For the week of February 27, 2012 – January New Home Sales dipped slightly, but only because the past month’s sales were revised higher. Together, December and January new home sales were the best they’ve been in a year, up 3.5% in that time frame. The median sale price squeaked up $1,000 for the month, to $217,500. Best of all, the supply of new homes dropped to 5.6 months, the lowest in six years, with a record low 151,000 new homes for sale. Continue reading

Austin Mortgage Market Update – For the week of February 13, 2012

People’s attitudes should surely be altered by new data from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Their survey released on Thursday revealed four record highs hit by home building in 2011. The average size of new homes bumped up to a record 2,522 square feet, a record-high 42% of new homes had at least four bedrooms, 28% had at least three bathrooms and 30% included finished basements, all numbers up substantially over 2010. Countering this, there were a record low 429,000 single-family housing starts for the year. Continue reading

Austin Mortgage Market Update – For the week of February 6, 2012

Austin Mortgage Market Update – For the week of February 6, 2012 – “The Federal Reserve surprised the market last week by indicating that short-term rates were likely to stay at their current low levels until the end of 2014,” according to the Mortgage Bankers Association chief economist. He added, “Longer-term Treasury rates dropped… and mortgage rates for the week were down slightly.” Continue reading