Mortgage Update – January 31, 2017

    The Six Most Important Things You Need to Know From the Mortgage World this Week.


    Although down 3% from November, December Existing Home Sales finished up 2016 at the highest level since 2006.


    Inventory continues to be the biggest issue. Existing Homes Available for Sale at the end of December fell 11% from November to a 3.6-month supply and 6% lower than a year ago.


    The 2016 Median Existing-Home Price finished the year 4% higher than the previous year.


    December New Home Sales declined 10% from November and much more than expected. However, total 2016 Home Sales were up 12% over 2015.


    The appraisal remains one of main things that can wreck a real estate transaction, especially when the mortgage company relies on a national Appraisal Management Company.


    At Shelter, we have long-standing relationships with the best, full-service appraisers who work only the local markets they know. Our appraisers always go the extra mile.



    The European Central Bank appears to be close to winding down its bond purchase program, which most likely will put pressure on U.S. mortgage rates. Last week, the net effect of comments from the Trump administration and economic data was small, and mortgage rates did not change.


    It’s a very busy week with the Fed meeting on Wednesday and the Employment Report due out on Friday. Pending Home Sales and the Core PCE Price Index are due out today, the ISM National Manufacturing Index on Wednesday, and the ISM National Services Index on Friday.


    Jim Scheu
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    Senior Loan Officer
    Shelter Lending Services
    5780 Windward Pkwy, Suite 100
    Alpharetta, GA 30005
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