Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 6.66 percent. “Mortgage rates have not moved materially over the last three weeks and remain in the mid-six percent range, which has marginally increased homebuyer demand,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist. “Even this slight uptick in demand, combined with inventory that remains tight, continues to cause prices to rise faster than incomes, meaning affordability remains a major headwind for buyers. Potential homebuyers should look closely at existing state and local resources, such as down payment assistance programs, which can considerably help defray closing costs.”
News Facts The 30-year FRM averaged 6.66 percent as of January 11, 2024, up from last week when it averaged 6.62 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 6.33 percent. The 15-year FRM averaged 5.87 percent,…
Posted On Thursday, 11 January 2024 13:30 Written by
In 2024, economic results will likely remain mixed. While a total collapse is unlikely and a recession may be avoidable, some Americans will still struggle to make ends meet in the face of relatively high rates and higher-than-ideal inflation. Here are LendingTree's predictions for the state of housing, jobs and the economy in 2024.
Potential economic positives in 2024: The housing market likely won’t crash this year Inflation will likely come down Across the board, rates should level off, if not eventually fall Wage growth will continue to outpace inflation We may avoid a recession  Potential economic negatives in 2024: The housing market will remain prohibitively expensive for many Home sellers could face challenges Savings will stay depressed Total debt will stay high You can find our full 2024 housing and economic predictions here:  https://www.lendingtree.com/home/mortgage/housing-economy-expectations-study/ LendingTree's Senior Economist, Jacob Channel, added: "Like any year, 2024 will doubtlessly be harder for some…
Posted On Sunday, 07 January 2024 07:00 Written by
To create the next great product or service, it has been standard practice to ask the customer questions like: “What do you want? What do you need? What will make your life easier?” These simple inquiries should lead to a simple answer. It is then our responsibility as businesses and organizations to respond with products, services, or processes that meet customers’ needs while increasing our margins and market share. This has been the process of the past and has worked for generations, but does it truly work in today’s accelerated, technology-driven business environment?
In my many years as a strategic advisor and futurist, I have concluded that asking the customer what they want is no longer reliable. First, customers are telling others in your industry the exact same information, which leads to a high level of competition. Unfortunately, a professional footrace to a perceived finish line is not beneficial to anyone, especially the customer. Second,…
Posted On Tuesday, 09 January 2024 00:00 Written by
Some superheroes are born, and some are made. The same is true of leaders in the professional world. Whether an individual leads a for-profit company, a nonprofit organization, a government body, a pedestrian organization, or a university, truly extraordinary leaders are continuously created through education and endless learning to perfect their craft.
During the latest Opportunity Hour: Conversations with the Masters, I had the pleasure of speaking with a longtime friend of mine, Dr. Nido Qubein. Dr. Qubein is first and foremost an entrepreneur, serving on several Fortune 500 boards, including La-Z-Boy and Truce. He has authored 12 books and received numerous awards as a leader himself. His abundance of accolades and entrepreneurship capabilities have enabled Dr. Qubein to effectively speak on what it takes to be an extraordinary leader, which is the foundation of today’s blog post. Back in 2005, Dr. Qubein became the president of High Point…
Posted On Tuesday, 23 January 2024 00:00 Written by
You all know that I am very committed to business planning and scheduling. Knowing what you are trying to accomplish and then plotting the course and scheduling the work is a foundational part of what I share with my clients. It is so important that not only you have a plan and a schedule to execute, but being very specific in what you are trying to do and the results you are expecting are critical. Too many people in our business don’t plan at all, they just prognosticate and then hope it all works out. As I have said before, “Hope is NOT a strategy for success!” Mortgage professionals have a very bad habit of just throwing numbers out there into the universe like, “I’m going to do ten deals a month”, or “I want to close $50M in loans.” But very rarely do they break it down as to…
Posted On Wednesday, 03 January 2024 00:00 Written by
The share of U.S. homebuyers looking to move to a different metro area declined for the third straight month in November, dropping to 23.9%. That’s the lowest share in a year and a half, according to a new report from Redfin (redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage. It’s down from 24.1% a year earlier–a tiny drop, but the first annual decline in Redfin’s records–and down from a record high of 26% over the summer. Overall homebuying slowed in 2023 because it was the least affordable year on record and there was a severe supply shortage. There were 4% fewer Redfin.com users looking to move to a new metro in November than a year ago, compared with a 3% year-over-year drop for Redfin.com users searching within their home metro. The slightly bigger drop for house hunters looking to relocate explains why migrants are making up a smaller share of overall home…
Posted On Monday, 01 January 2024 00:28 Written by
Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 6.61 percent. “The rapid descent of mortgage rates over the last two months stabilized a bit this week, but rates continue to trend down,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist. “Heading into the new year, the economy remains on firm ground with solid growth, a tight labor market, decelerating inflation, and a nascent rebound in the housing market.” News Facts The 30-year FRM averaged 6.61 percent as of December 28, 2023, down from last week when it averaged 6.67 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 6.42 percent. The 15-year FRM averaged 5.93 percent, down from last week when it averaged 5.95 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 5.68 percent. The PMMS® is focused on conventional, conforming, fully amortizing home…
Posted On Saturday, 30 December 2023 07:11 Written by
Housing affordability is expected to improve in 2024 as mortgage rates fall and more homes go up for sale Just 15.5% of homes for sale in 2023 were affordable for the typical U.S. household—the lowest share on record, according to a new report from Redfin (redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage. That’s down from 20.7% in 2022 and more than 40% before the pandemic homebuying boom. The number of affordable homes for sale also dropped to the lowest level on record. There were 352,500 affordable listings in 2023, down 40.9% from 596,135 in 2022 and down from over a million per year during the prior decade. While the decline is partly due to a drop in listings in general—listings overall fell 21.2% year over year—it’s also due to the fact that elevated mortgage rates and stubbornly high prices made the listings hitting the market more expensive. Mortgage rates have fallen…
Posted On Sunday, 24 December 2023 06:15 Written by
Existing-home sales grew in November, breaking a streak of five consecutive monthly declines, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Among the four major U.S. regions, sales climbed in the Midwest and South but receded in the Northeast and West. All four regions experienced year-over-year sales decreases. Total existing-home sales[i] – completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops – elevated 0.8% from October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 3.82 million in November. Year-over-year, sales fell 7.3% (down from 4.12 million in November 2022). “The latest weakness in existing home sales still reflects the buyer bidding process in most of October when mortgage rates were at a two-decade high before the actual closings in November,” said NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. “A marked turn can be expected as mortgage rates have plunged in recent weeks.” According to Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 6.95% as…
Posted On Tuesday, 26 December 2023 06:34 Written by
Short-term headwinds include high supply and moderating economic growth, but long-term outlook remains positive Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) released its 2024 Multifamily Outlook projecting the year ahead will bring positive growth despite continued headwinds for the multifamily industry, and that the long-term forecast for the asset class remains positive. The Outlook indicates an elevated multifamily supply pipeline, with peak completions predicted in 2024, will moderate potential rent gains, which are expected to be positive in the year ahead, although below longer-run averages. The Outlook also forecasts 2024 vacancy rates will be modestly higher than average but notes a more stable interest rate environment could help spur transaction volume in 2024, with demand for rentals driven by prevailing demographic trends and expensive for-sale housing. “The economy appears to be on track for a soft landing, although it may be bumpy throughout next year,” said Sara Hoffmann, director of Multifamily Research at Freddie…
Posted On Wednesday, 20 December 2023 06:12 Written by
I and others have long understood something about leadership: A traditional leader is someone with the ability to inspire and motivate others at their business or organization. A leader is someone who exemplifies honesty, integrity, and responsibility in every action they take, but it is more than that. Being a leader is also about taking the correct actions at the correct time. While acting with integrity is a huge facet of business leadership (and leadership of any other kind), it is the decision-making capabilities of those in charge that can make or break an organization, especially now. Before we go any farther, I want to be specific about one thing: mistakes. Leaders are human, and I am not saying you cannot make mistakes. Failure is a part of life and an integral part of being an Anticipatory Leader, as long as you learn from those failures and use them to keep…
Posted On Tuesday, 16 January 2024 00:00 Written by
Numbers can be funny things to deal with, but regardless of what you think, you do need to pay attention to them as well as look into the logic they share. I bring this up in wake of those that are telling me that more and more of their real estate agents and coworkers are taking part time jobs because business has slowed down. While you can’t paint with a broad brush when talking about our industry because so much is hyper-local, we should just ask a few questions about some of the reasons behind these actions, and if the path taken makes any sense. • How much is the total business off in your market, and is your loss of business proportional to that decline? • Since we are largely a commission-based business, it is fair to say that while unit volumes may be down, transactional values are higher,…
Posted On Monday, 18 December 2023 00:00 Written by
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