Snapshot on rates as of today along with an update on home sale trends over the past 12 months.
Conventional 30 year: 4.00%
FHA 30 year: 3.625%
USDA 30 year: 3.625%
VA 30 year: 3.625%
Pending Home Sales 2nd Best in Last 12 Months:
Pending home sales, based on signed contracts but not yet closed, rose 0.2 percent in June compared to May and is 1 percent higher than June 2015, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR).
The improvement puts sales at the second-highest level of the last 12 months.
“Until inventory conditions markedly improve, far too many prospective buyers are likely to run into situations of either being priced out of the market or outbid on the very few properties available for sale,” said Lawrence Yun, the NAR’s chief economist, in a release.
Housing inventory was almost 6 percent lower at the end of June compared to a year ago, and home prices, while easing up slightly, are still rising at a faster pace than wage and income growth. Realtors say the one positive development in the first half of this year was a decline in investor sales activity, from a high of 18 percent in February to a low of 11 percent in June. That is the smallest share since July 2009 and likely due to the drop in the number of distressed homes for sale.
“Limited selection of homes at bargain prices is reducing the number of individual investors willing or able to buy,” wrote Yun. “This will hopefully open the door for first-time buyers, who made some progress last month but are still buying homes at a subpar level even as rents increase at rates not seen since before the downturn.”
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