Mortgage Weekly Roundup ― June 8

June 8, 2018 Best Rate Referrals
The mortgage market experienced significant fluctuations during the first week of June, continuing May’s wild ride (during which mortgage rates hit their highest point since 2011). During the week ending June 7, average mortgage rates for both fixed and adjustable rate loans started to inch backwards, easing concerns of some buyers.
 

Here are the big stories in the mortgage market for the week ending June 7. 

 

“Mortgage Rates Retreat After Wild Ride, Offering Buyers A Break”

Published by: MarketWatch on June 1, 2018
  • The 30-year fixed, 15-year fixed and 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage rates were all down during the week of May 31.
  • This drop occurred “as investors piled into safe-haven assets” in reaction to the May spike, noted reporter Andrea Riquier
  • The year-to-date (YTD) average for the 30-year fixed was 4.39% on June 1.
  • A mortgage payment on a $400,000 home now costs $116 more per month compared to a year ago. (Based on prevailing average rates, calculated with the Realtore.com mortgage calculator).

“Super Strong Jobs Report Means June Rate Hike Coming And Fed Could Get More Aggressive”

Published by: CNBC on June 1, 2018
  • Monthly job reports showed gains of 223,000.
  • The nationwide unemployment rate is 3.8%, slightly below the 3.9% projection.
  • Supported by the May jobs report, rate increases by the Federal Reserve (Fed) are expected in June. 
  • "The Fed meets in less than two weeks, and another rate hike along their gradual path of firming interest rates is a slam dunk," according to Chris Rupkey, Chief Financial Economist at MUFG Union Bank.

“Mortgage Rates Continue Higher”

Published by: Mortgage News Daily on June 4, 2018
  • Mortgage rates rose at the start of the week, following the trend that began on May 30.
  • May 29 mortgage rates were at their lowest point in more than a month.
  • Bonds sold off significantly during the afternoon of June 4, which may have led lenders to increase rate offerings.
  • The broad trend of continued rate increases is expected to continue.
  • Originators should encourage rate locks as opposed to floating. 

“Mortgage Rates Post First Decline In 4 Weeks”

Published by: MPA Magazine on June 4, 2018
  • After climbing for four weeks (to their highest level in more than seven years), mortgage rates finally slipped during the week ending May 31. 
  • 30-year fixed mortgage rates averaged 4.56%, with an average 0.4 point ― down from the previous week’s average of 4.66% but up from 3.94% a year prior.
  • 15-year fixed mortgage rates averaged 4.06%, with an average 0.4 point ― down from the previous week’s average of 4.15%, but up from 3.19% a year prior.

“Alexa, Get Me a Mortgage”

Published by: HousingWire on June 5, 2018
  • Ellie Mae launched an artificial intelligence (AI) feature for loan officers at last month’s MBA National Secondary Conference.
  • Incorporated within the Loan Officer Connect portion of the Ellie Mae Encompass lending platform, the AI helps Alexa answer consumer questions and is planned to learn preferred methods of communication.

“Mortgage Rates Rise For Wednesday”

Published by: MarketWatch on June 6, 2018
  • The 30-year fixed rate rose to 4.42% and the 15-year fixed rate rose to 3.87% on June 6.
  • Both of these rates remained lower than the average from a month prior.
  • Reporter and CFA Claes Bell suggested, “it could make sense to go ahead and lock if you see a rate you like. Just be sure to shop around.

“Weekly Mortgage Applications Rise 4.1% As Rates Hit Lowest Levels In 6 Weeks”

Published by: CNBC on June 6, 2018
  • “It took a few weeks, but borrowers finally took notice of a drop in mortgage interest rates,” reported Diana Olick.
  • Mortgage application volume rose 4.1% for the week ending June 1, but volume was still down 2% from the prior year due to a reduction in refinance loans.
  • Rate decreases are projected to be temporary.

“Freddie Mac: Mortgage Rates Fall For Second Consecutive Week”

Published by: HousingWire on June 7, 2018
  • Mortgage rates fell two weeks in a row, dropping to 4.54% for 30-year fixed mortgages.
  • A 4% increase in purchase loan applications indicates buyers are taking advantage of the dip.
  • Although a healthy job market is supporting demand, housing supply shortages may continue to drive listing prices up in the weeks to come, according to Freddie Mac Chief Economist, Sam Khater.

What Do Recent Mortgage Reports Mean?

  • Mortgage rates are inconsistent day-to-day and hour-to-hour.
  • In the first seven days of June, headlines touted both dramatic drops and continued increases.
  • On June 4, news outlets published articles highlighting mortgage rate declines and projected rises.
  • Two days later, new sources proclaimed rates hit their lowest level in six weeks, and applications were rising as borrowers moved quickly to avoid increases.
  • Multiple news outlets pronounced originators should encourage clients to move forward with a rate lock. 
  • Economists from Freddie Mac, Realtor.com and CNBC agree housing supply shortages will continue to affect listing prices. This is creating a barrier for prospective buyers regardless of falling rates.
  • Although the jobs report is indicating a healthy employment environment, jobs will not immediately solve the problem of housing inventory deficiencies.
 
The Fed meets on June 12 and 13 in Washington, D.C. During this meeting, an interest rate hike is expected. If this happens, it will be the second rate increase of 2018. 
 

What Should You Do Next?

June is a month of action and movement for purchase business. Before the June 12 Fed meeting, focus on connecting with clients who have not yet locked their rates. Discuss the benefits rate locks versus holding out for decreases. 
Also examine your marketing strategy for the remainder of the summer season. The market is moving quickly as supply dwindles. 
 
Evaluate your digital strategy:
  • Are you nurturing old leads with new urgency?
  • How are prospective borrowers finding you online as they hunt for listings?
  • Can you join a real estate colleague on an upcoming open house? 
Contact the expert team at Best Rate Referrals to gain insight on how to best tackle current market conditions and win. 

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Best Rate Referrals

Best Rate Referrals is an award-winning mortgage marketing firm and an industry leader in generating high-quality mortgage leads and driving inbound calls to mortgage lenders. The Best Rate Referrals team has broad mortgage market experience with proven lead generation practices that produce measured results for the lending and real estate industry. Best Rate Referrals has a long history of connecting high-intent consumers with a diverse network of lenders for a variety of financing products including Home Purchase, HARP, VA, FHA, Cash-Out, 203k, USDA, Conventional, Reverse Mortgage, ARM, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, First-Time Homebuyer, Jumbo and Debt Consolidation. The company's flagship website, www.MortgageAdvisor.com, is a one-stop mortgage financing shop that matches consumers with mortgage lenders and provides an array of online tools and information to educate potential borrowers on achieving their financing goals. Best Rate Referrals is a subsidiary of Digital Media Solutions.

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