In June, when real estate agent Nitin Gupta took two clients to see a new housing development in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, a sales representative for the builder told him all the units were gone.
The builder had planned to sell 100 homes to investors, out of roughly 1,500 he was planning to build. Investors had come to the site the day before, the rep told Gupta, and another agent had pitched the homes to a group of buyers in China over Zoom.
“He said, ‘The people were saying, I want one, I want two, I want three. Boom, boom, boom,” Gupta recalls. “The agent sold about 50 to 60 homes and the builder had sold 130 homes the first day.”
While the global COVID-19 pandemic has squashed sales of U.S. homes to foreign buyers over the last year, local buyers should be prepared for a rebound in competition from other countries in the next 12 months, economists say.
the legal cap on how much the Treasury can borrow. The limit is fast approaching. And although the Treasury can keep raising money beyond the formal Aug. 1 deadline, it’ll have to reduce its borrowing until Congress again raises the cap sometime this fall. That means fewer long-term bonds hitting the market, leaving bond buyers to compete for the existing pool of Treasuries. As they bid up bond prices, yields turn lower. Once Congress ups Washington’s debt limit again, yields should trend up. After limiting its borrowing for weeks or months, the Treasury will sell a flood of bonds and investors will probably demand a moderately higher yield to buy them all.
Look for the yield on the 10-year Treasury note to be near 1.8% by year-end. Kirk’s comment on the above came from Kiplinger’s Letter Aug 14, 2021Long term interest rates in coordination with Mortgage-Backed Securities and other economic indicators drive the housing interest rates.
You can expect housing 30-year mortgage rates to climb to 3.5-3.75% by the end of this year. Assuming the predicted 1.8 yields on 10-year notes becomes reality. Still, buying a home is a great move for most Americans. Tax benefits, family stability, and purchasing equity with every mortgage payment over time will create real wealth for your family.
By Diana Olick
A prolonged period of low mortgage rates is taking its toll on the refinance market, as most borrowers who qualify have already gone through the process.
The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($548,250 or less) remained unchanged at 3.03% last week, with points increasing to 0.34 from 0.29 (including the origination fee) for loans with a 20% down payment.
As a result, applications to refinance a home loan dropped 4% for the week, seasonally adjusted, and were just 2% higher than a year ago, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported. Rates were just 5 basis points higher at this time last year, but they were lower last fall and at the start of this year, so a large share of borrowers have lower rates than today’s.
“Recent uncertainty around the economy and pandemic have kept rates low over the past month, which is why the refinance index has oscillated around these levels,” said Joel Kan, MBA’s associate vice president of economic and industry forecasting.
Applications for a mortgage to purchase a home rose 1% for the week but were 16% lower than a year ago. Home sales have been slowing, as potential buyers hit an affordability wall. Home prices were up 18.8% in June, a record annual gain, on the S&P Case Shiller national home price index.
“Home purchase activity continues to be dominated by higher price tiers of the market, with the purchase average loan size now at $396,500, the highest average in five weeks,” Kan said.
Mortgage rates started this week slightly lower but still haven’t moved much. That could be about to change in either direction.
“All lenders will face increased volatility in the coming days due to the release of several important economic reports culminating in Friday’s big jobs report,” said Matthew Graham, chief operating officer at Mortgage News Daily.