Twin Cities Market Update – April 9, 2021

As the spring market is in full swing and home prices are ticking up, mortgage rates have moved higher in recent weeks as well. Freddie Mac reports that the national average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 3.17% with an average of .6 points. While rates are still below the average of 3.5% […]

Twin Cities Market Update – April 2, 2021

Real estate data firm ATTOM Data Solutions reported that the number of homes flipped by investors decreased in 2020 for the first time since 2014. For this study, ATTOM defined a home flip as a condo or single-family home that sold twice within 12 months. Flips of single-family homes and condos fell 13.1% in 2020 […]

Twin Cities Market Update – March 26, 2021

Freddie Mac reported that cash-out refinancing activity surged 42% in 2020 compared to 2019, as homeowners cashed out $152.7 billion in home equity, the highest level since 2007. Low interest rates and strong appreciation in recent years proved attractive to cash-out refinance borrowers, who, on average, withdrew $50,000 in equity. In the Twin Cities region, […]

Twin Cities Market Update – March 19, 2021

With the spring market well underway, buyer activity remains very robust and hot properties continue to frequently encounter bidding wars. While mortgage rates have ticked up over 3% for the first time since last July, the incremental increase is unlikely to have a substantial effect on buyer demand. In the Twin Cities region, for the […]

Twin Cities Market Update – March 5, 2021

Freddie Mac reported this week the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage interest rate rose to 2.81%, its highest point since mid-November, but still far lower than the 3.49% average from the same time last year. Interest rates may rise further in coming weeks, but according to Freddie Mac chief economist Sam Khater, “while there are multiple […]

Twin Cities Market Update – February 26, 2021

The Mortgage Bankers Association’s most recent National Delinquency Survey reported that the delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one-to-four unit residential properties declined to a seasonally adjusted rate of 6.73 percent of all loans outstanding in Q4 2020. The percent of loans delinquent was down nearly one percent from Q3 2020, but still up nearly […]

Twin Cities Market Update – February 19, 2021

Popular home services marketplace HomeAdvisor released their State of Home Spending Report, which details trends in homeowner improvement projects. Among survey participants, the total spending on home projects rose from an average of $9,078 in 2019, to an average of $13,138 in 2020. The more than $4,000 increase in average expenditure was likely due to […]

Twin Cities Market Update – February 12, 2021

A strong housing market isn’t just a local activity, and two recently released reports provide us with insights to the strength of residential real estate nationally. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price NSA Index rose 9.49% in December 2020 from its December 2019 level. Meanwhile, the National Association of REALTORS® existing home sales report […]

Twin Cities Market Update – February 5, 2021

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released their December housing report this week showing overall housing starts increased by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.67 million units. Single-family housing starts increased 12 percent to a 1.34 million unit seasonally adjusted annual rate, the highest level since September 2006. Expectations are for further […]

Twin Cities Market Update – January 29, 2021

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac reported this week that rates on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.79% with .7 points. That is up slightly from the record lows seen last week, but almost one percent lower than the same week a year ago. Rates are expected to increase slightly this year, with the National Association of […]

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