Treasury Bond yields stable this week – The 10-year Treasury bond closed the week at 2.25%, up slightly from 2.23% last week. The 30-year treasury yield ended the week at 2.92% also up slightly from 2.90% last week. Mortgage rates follow treasury bond yields so we watch bond yields carefully.
Mortgage Rates down this week – The May 25, 2017 Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Survey reported that the 30 year fixed mortgage rate average was 3.95%, down from 4.02% last week. The 15 year fixed was 3.19%, down from last week’s 3.27%. The 5-year ARM was 3.07%, down from 3.13% last week.
U.S. Existing homes sales pace declines in April – The National Association of Realtors reported that the number of homes sold in April declined 2.3% from March’s sales pace. Sales nationwide were still 1.6% above the number if sales last April. Simply put the number of new listings are not keeping up with the pace of sales. Low inventory also causes prices to rise. The median price of a home rose 6% nationally from last April. April marked the 62nd straight month of year over year price gains.
California pending home sales fewer in April – The California Association of Realtors reported that an extremely low supply of homes for sale has caused the number of new contracts signed on existing homes in California to fall for the fourth straight month. The number of new contracts signed decreased 7.4% from the number of pending sales last April. Southern California fared much better that the state as a whole. Southern California pending sales were down 2.8% from last April. Los Angeles pending sales were down 4.7%from April 2016.