HUD released its quarterly report to Congress on the FHA Single-Family Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund Programs. The report said the MMIF stands at more than $80 billion and remains well above the 2% minimum capital reserve required by Congress.
Despite a slight decrease in mortgage interest rates—the first such decline in nearly two months—mortgage applications fell for the third straight week, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported Wednesday in its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 26.
Home price appreciation continued its roar into the start of the year, with the Standard & Poor’s CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Indices reporting double-digit percentage annual price growth in January.
The Conference Board, New York, said its Consumer Confidence Index jumped by nearly 20 points in March to its highest reading in a year, after a modest increase in February.
The Mortgage Bankers Association’s latest Forbearance and Call Volume Survey reported loans now in forbearance decreased by 9 basis points to 4.96% of servicers’ portfolio volume as of March 21 from 5.05% the week before. This marks the fourth consecutive week of decreases. MBA estimates 2.5 million homeowners are in forbearance plans.