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Full Steam Ahead for Refi Boom as Rates Hit New Lows

Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch

Yesterday's mortgage rate commentary noted a fresh move down to the lowest levels in more than 3.5 years . With just a bit more improvement, the same is true today . This isn't some isolated opportunity. Rates have been pushing long-term lows off-and-on for months. In fact, we've spent more than 7 months in territory that makes refinancing attractive for big contingent of homeowners who purchased or refi'd in 2017-2018. Making the boom even boomier is the fact that folks who refi'd in early 2019 are already back in the money for another refi now. The numbers corroborate this. The Mortgage Banker's Association continues showing refi applications at higher levels than those seen during the 2016 refi boom. Simply put, we're looking at the strongest refi demand since 2012. As for the motivation...(read more)

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Existing Home Sales Showing Resilience and Lots of Potential for 2020

Posted To: MND NewsWire

If it's January it must mean fewer home sales. That, at least, has been the recent pattern according to National Association of Realtors (NARs). Existing home sales have bounced up and down on a near monthly basis. Strong sales in December, they rose 3.6 percent month-over-month, were expected to result in a slowdown in January and they did. Sales of single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and cooperative apartments were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.46 million last month, down 1.3 percent from the 5.54 million pace in December. However, for the second straight month overall sales substantially increased on an annual basis, up 9.6 percent from the 4.98 million sales in January 2019. Single-family sales dipped 1.2 percent to an annual rate of 4.85 million from 3.91 million...(read more)

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