Treasury Bond Yields up slightly this week - The 10-year treasury bond closed the week yielding 2.79%, up from 2.71% last week. The 30-year treasury bond yield ended the week at 3.09%, up from 3.04% last week. We watch treasury bond yields because mortgage rates follow bond yields.
Mortgage rates stable this week at the lowest levels in 9 months - The January 17, 2019 Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Survey reported that the 30-year fixed mortgage rate average was 4.45%, unchanged from 4.55% last week. The 15-year fixed was 3.88%, unchanged from 3.89% last week. The 5-year ARM was 3.87%, up slightly from 3.83% last week.
December California existing home sales report - The California Association of Realtors reported that existing home sales totaled 372,260 in December on a seasonally adjusted annualized basis. That was down 2.4% from November and down 11.6% from last December. It marked the fewest sales in a month since January 2015. The statewide median price was $557,600, up 1.4% from December 2017. On a regional basis Los Angles County’s median price of $588,140 was up 1.8% from last December. Orange County had a median price of $785,000 , down 0.1% from December 2017. Ventura County’s median price of $640,000 was down 0.8% from last December. Inventory levels also continued to rise. The unsold inventory index was a 3.5 month supply of homes listed in California, up from 2.5 months in December 2017. Los Angeles Country had a 3.5 month supply, up from a 2.4 month supply last December. Orange County had a 4 month supply, down from 2.6 months last December. Ventura County had a 5.5 month supply, up from a 4 month supply in December 2017.