New Information: Mortgage Bankers Association predicts Modest Increase in Purchase Volume Next Year Gas price decrease sets the stage for higher buyer confidence


MBA: A Modest Increase in Purchase Volume Next Year

Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Chief Economist Mike Fratantoni said there will be a little upswing in the purchase market in 2023 despite the mortgage industry coming off of two record-setting years and being in a downturn.

Fratantoni made predictions while speaking at a convention in Washington, D.C. He predicted that the volume of purchase mortgages would increase by 4% from $1.638 trillion this year to $1.704 trillion next year. However, the refinancing volume will decrease by 24%, from $706 million to $540 million. He added that the total mortgage market would shrink from the anticipated $2.3 trillion this year to $2.2 trillion.

Fratantoni explained that the entire property market had been highly competitive and pricey this year. He did, however, state that younger customers will have benefits.

Previously buyers had to contend with “ten to fifteen competing offers” the previous year, but now they might be the only ones putting in a bid, according to Fratantoni.

Lower Gas Prices Push Consumer Confidence To Highest Level Since May

August saw a recovery in consumer confidence after three months of declining mood due to lower gas prices. Although positive, lingering concerns that the U.S. economy may enter a recession have dampened this gain.

The monthly snapshot of consumer attitudes published by the Conference Board increased from July’s downwardly revised 95.3 to 103.2. The headline index broke 100, the historical baseline statistic, in August for the first time since May, matching the level it had attained at that time.

“In the first half of the year, there were shocks to consumers from gas prices, the stock market, and mortgage rates,” said Bill Adams, chief economist at Comerica Bank. “Consumers look very reassured that the direction has stopped getting worse.”

According to the survey, Americans are less apprehensive about the economy’s present and future state. The present situation index, which gauges how individuals feel about the state of the economy and labor market, increased from 139.7 to 145.4 from the previous month. The recovery is linked to the decline in gas prices, which have dropped by more than a dollar a gallon from their mid-June peak to a nationwide average of less than $4, according to Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.

Housing Market ‘Weakening Sharply’ From April’s Peak

The numbers: The increase in the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city house price index year-over-year fell to 18.6% in June from 20.5% in May. The 20-city index rose seasonally adjusted 0.4% in June, compared to 1.3% in May. The rate of price increases has significantly decreased since spiking at 21.2% in April. The national index, a more comprehensive measurement of home prices, increased 0.3% from May to June after being seasonally adjusted. The monthly growth in June was the smallest in the previous two years.

The South and Southeast witnessed the greatest price surge, with an increase of nearly 29%. Among the 20 cities, Tampa, Miami, and Dallas posted the most significant gains in June. The least significant annual gains were recorded in Cleveland, Minneapolis, and Washington, D.C. However, housing values in these areas increased nonetheless.

Big Picture: Both economists and real estate firms have emphasized that the price growth rate has significantly slowed. Additionally, the prices of an increasing number of homes currently on the market in epidemic boomtowns are being lowered – due in part to buyers’ hesitation to buy, given the upward trend in mortgage rates.

According to Craig J. Lazzara, managing director at S&P DJI, the growth rate in June was at or above the 95th percentile of prior price increases. Moreover, S&P emphasized that the rate of price growth was still strong. Prices have increased by 10.6% in the first half of the year, a pace of increase that has only been attained four times in the previous 35 years.

Next week’s potential market-moving reports are:

  • Monday, September 5th – No Reports
  • Tuesday, September 6th – ISM Services Index
  • Wednesday, September 7th – Cleveland Fed President Speaks, International Trade Balance
  • Thursday, September 8th – Initial Jobless Claims, Construction Spending, Consumer Credit
  • Friday, September 9th – Wholesale Inventories Revision

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Busting Mortgage Myths: Between Market Spins and The Real Estate Pulse

Hold onto your wallets, Californians! Today’s bulletin will traverse the media’s spin cycle, where sometimes economic seasons make things look chillier than they are. But fear not; California Platinum Loans is here to warm your understanding with some heated insights. Grab your morning brew, and let’s dive in.A Media Mirage on Housing Appreciation?

A Media Mirage on Housing Appreciation?

The financial arena echoed with a slight tremor yesterday, with mortgage bonds experiencing turbulence. If we were to take a leaf out of an aviation book, we’d say, “Expect some turbulence, but keep your seatbelts fastened for a smooth landing.” Why, you ask? Despite the negative rumble about housing, the actual value of homes continues to appreciate.

So, here’s a spin tale: Black Knight recently released a report. And while Daniel decided to pick the non-seasonally adjusted number (up by a mere .23%), it translates to roughly 3% inflation if we delve deeper. Putting it in layman’s terms, for those who put down a mere 10%, that’s a handsome 30% return on their investment. And here’s the kicker – they interpreted this as an indicator of an impending decline in home values. Aren’t statistics fun? One can show a storm on the horizon, while another reveals sunny days ahead.

The Fed’s Song & Dance: What’s Next on The Playlist?

Have they ever tried reading tea leaves? Interpreting the Fed’s next move feels a lot like that. As the grand September 20th meeting looms, there’s anticipation in the air. Will they hike? Will they pause? If only we had a crystal ball!

But here’s a silver lining. Loretta Mester from Cleveland’s Fed and Philly’s Patrick Harker have sprinkled some insights. It’s like a sneak peek into the upcoming blockbuster, where inflation and rates are leading. The overarching message? The Fed no longer relies on past data but gauges the road ahead.

Of Oil Prices and a Slippery Slope

Ah, oil! The lifeblood of our cars and, sometimes, the bane of our wallets. Recent data shows a 10% hike, pushing oil to $87 a barrel. This hike comes as Russia and Saudi Arabia play a little complicated with their production cuts. And what does this mean for our dear friend, gasoline? The prices remain stable, hovering around $3.80 per gallon. But, with the strategic petroleum reserves dwindling, any hike in oil prices could trigger a surge at the pump.

To wrap up today’s bulletin with a neat bow, while mortgage bonds took a slight hit, the true essence of the market showcases promise and resilience. The housing market remains robust, the Fed is looking ahead, and oil prices… well, keep an eye on your gas tanks.

Stay optimistic, financially savvy Californians! Plenty of opportunities are on the horizon between the ebb and flow of the market. Until next time, keep your real estate compass pointed towards prosperity, and remember, California Platinum Loans has your back in every twist and turn!


Single-Family Construction Spending Rose by One-Third Last Year, what does this mean to us average folks today

Rising Rates Propel Surge in Refinancing

The week of January 28th had the highest non-holiday-related increase in mortgage volume since the last week of March 2020, after a 7% drop the previous week. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), its Market Composite Index, which measures mortgage loan application volume, jumped 10.0 percent from a week earlier. 

The Refinance Index gained 18 percent from the previous week. Refinancing accounted for 57.3 percent of applications, up from a 55.8 percent share the last week.  It appears that the recent rise in mortgage rates has spurred a new round of homeowners rushing to take advantage of the still-low rates before they increase further.

Single-Family Construction Spending Rose by One-Third Last Year

In 2021, construction spending reached $1.599 trillion, up 8.2% over the previous year’s $1.470 trillion. With a 22.9 percent increase, public and private residential expenditures were the only sectors with double-digit growth, while several other categories saw spending decline.

According to the US Census Bureau, all types of construction investment increased by 0.2 percent in December from November to $1.640 trillion, up 9.0 percent over the previous month. 

There was strong growth of spending on single-family and multifamily construction, while spending on improvements slipped. Single-family construction spending increased to a $435 billion annual pace in December, up by 2.1 percent over the upwardly revised November estimates,” said Na Zhao, an analyst with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

Home Price Appreciation Update Including 2022 Forecast

In the 12 months ending in 2021, home prices increased by 15% year over year, compared to a 6.0 percent increase in 2020. Compared to the previous December, CoreLogic’s Home Price Index (HPI) was up 18.5 percent.

This year’s price projection from CoreLogic predicts a ten percent increase in the first three months, followed by a gradual decline to 3.5 percent by December 2022. After that, on average, the increase will be 9.6% per year. 

At 28.4 percent, Arizona is still the state with the most significant increase, followed by Florida at 27.1 percent and Utah at 25.2 percent. At 37.6 percent and 35.7 percent, respectively, two Florida communities, Naples and Punta Gorda saw the highest gains among metro regions.

Next week’s potential market moving reports are:

  • Monday, February 7th – Consumer Credit      
  • Tuesday, February 8th – Small Business Index, Real Household Debt
  • Wednesday, February 9th – Wholesale Inventories
  • Thursday, February 10th – Initial Jobless Claims, Continuing Jobless Claims, Federal Budget
  • Friday, February 11th – Consumer Sentiment Index, 5-Year Inflation Expectations

As your mortgage and real estate professional, I am happy to assist you with any information you may need regarding mortgage or real estate trends.  I welcome the opportunity to serve you in any way I possibly can. Please feel free to reach me at (800) 216-1047.