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Charted: The World’s Best Restaurants in 2024, US Has $17T in Home Equity and 6 more Real Estate Insights

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Latest Rates

Loan Type

Rate

Daily Change

Wkly Change

52-Wk Low/High

30 Yr. Fixed

7.15%

+0.12%

-0.02%

6.61/8.03

15 Yr. Fixed

6.60%

+0.05%

-0.10%

5.95/7.35

30 Yr. FHA

6.64%

+0.10%

-0.11%

6.00/7.44

30 Yr. Jumbo

7.37%

+0.07%

-0.08%

6.67/8.09

7/6 SOFR ARM

7.15%

+0.01%

-0.18%

6.11/7.55

30 Yr. VA

6.65%

+0.10%

-0.12%

6.02/7.46

Macro Trends

The U.S. added 272,000 jobs in May, well above expectations of 190,000 link

  • Job gains were widespread, with significant contributions from health care, government, leisure & hospitality, and professional services. This broad-based growth indicates resilience across various sectors.

  • The unemployment rate edged up by 10 bps to 4.0%, while the labor force participation rate slightly decreased to 62.5%. Average hourly earnings surpassed expectations, growing by 4.1% year-over-year.

  • Strong job growth in May suggests the Federal Reserve will likely refrain from lowering interest rates until at least September. This decision aligns with ongoing economic stability and growth.

  • Real estate investment activity is expected to stay subdued before picking up in Q4. Despite this, leasing activity will retain momentum thanks to stronger-than-anticipated hiring trends.

Real Estate Trends

Homeowners sitting on a pile of cash with $17T in home equity: CoreLogic link

(There are now only 1 million homes underwater in the U.S.)

  • The average U.S. homeowner with a mortgage gained $28,000 in equity over the year ending March 2024. California, Massachusetts, and New Jersey saw increases more than double the national average.

  • U.S. home equity surged by $1.5 trillion, bringing total net equity to over $17 trillion at the end of Q1 2024. Mortgaged properties make up 62% of all U.S. residential homes.

  • Higher home prices have lifted 190,000 homeowners out of negative equity, leaving only 1.8% of mortgage holders underwater. This equates to about 1 million homes nationwide.

  • Negative equity decreased by 2.1% in Q1 2024. If home values rose by 5%, 111,000 homes would gain positive equity; a 5% decline would push 153,000 homes underwater.

  • Home equity serves as a financial buffer for mortgage holders facing rising costs like insurance and taxes. Low negative equity rates in Florida and Texas could prevent more homeowners from losing equity amidst price declines.

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Mortgage Rates Can Vary Significantly by State. Here's Why—and Which States Have the Lowest Rates. link

  • Home prices are at an all-time high, and mortgage rates are above 7%, making it tough for buyers. Mortgage-rate quotes can differ by state, sometimes up to 38 basis points.

  • Rates vary significantly by location; for example, Hawaii offers rates as low as 6.49%, while Vermont rates can reach 6.88%. On a $400,000 home with 20% down, this can mean nearly $30,000 more in interest over the loan's lifetime.

  • Borrower credit quality impacts state mortgage rates; higher credit scores lead to better loan terms. Consumers' savviness in shopping around also plays a role, with substantial savings possible.

  • The number and competitiveness of lenders in a market influence rates. More financial institutions competing can result in lower rates.

  • Regulatory differences between states, such as foreclosure processes, affect mortgage rates. Judicial foreclosures take longer, increasing lender risk and leading to higher rates.

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States Where Homebuyers Could Save More Than $100K by Comparison Shopping for a Mortgage

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