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Pending Home Sales Up In September

The National Association of Realtor’s Pending Home Sales Index measures contract signings and is an indicator of future existing-home sales. In September, the index was up 0.3 percent over August and 14.5 percent above last year’s level. It was the 17th consecutive month of year-over-year improvement. Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, said home contract activity remains at an elevated level when compared to recent years and should continue its upward trend in 2013. Pending home sales were up in every region of the country and are showing double-digit increases over last year in the Northeast, South, and Midwest. According to the NAR, existing-home sales should close 2012 at 4.6 million, which is an increase of 9.0 percent over 2011. More here and here.

 

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Refinance Activity Remains Near Three Year High

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey, refinance application demand slipped 2.0 percent last week but remains near three-year highs. The drop was matched by a 2.0 percent increase in purchase application demand, pushing purchase loan volume to the highest level since June. The Market Composite Index fell 1.2 percent from the previous week. Michael Fratantoni, MBA’s vice president of research and economics, said mortgage rates remain historically low, which benefits both prospective homebuyers and those seeking to refinance. According to the survey, the average contract interest rate on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances increased to 3.56 percent from 3.53 percent the week before. The survey covers 75 percent of all U.S. residential mortgage applications and has been conducted weekly since 1990. More here.

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Purchase Activity Up Slightly, Refinance Demand Slows

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey, refinance activity fell last week as average mortgage rates increased. The Market Composite Index, which measures both refinance and purchase activity, fell 7.4 percent from the week before, largely due to a 9.0 percent drop in the Refinance Index. Purchase application volume, on the other hand, was up slightly, rising 0.9 percent. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances moved up to 3.86 percent from 3.76 percent a week earlier. Still, mortgage rates remain near historic lows. Also in this week’s survey, the investor share of home purchase applications rose to 5.7 percent in the month of July and the share of purchase mortgages for second homes increased to 5.8 percent from 5.6 percent in June. More here and here.

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Average Mortgage Rates Unchanged Last Week

The Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey covers more than 75 percent of all retail residential mortgage applications. Last week, the survey found average contract interest rates for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages unchanged from the previous week at 3.76 percent. The average 30-year rate on jumbo loans decreased to 4.03 percent. But despite mortgage rates near record lows, the Market Composite Index, which measures total mortgage application volume, was down 4.5 percent. The drop was due to a 5.0 percent decline in the Refinance Index and a 2.0 percent dip in the Purchase Index. Still, the refinance share of total mortgage activity remained at 81 percent for the week. More here.

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Prices Rising In A Growing Number Of Metropolitan Areas

New data released by the National Association of Realtors shows home prices improving and poised for further gains this year. During the second quarter, median existing single-family home prices rose in 100 of 147 metropolitan statistical areas compared to the same period one year earlier. Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, said it’s encouraging to see a growing number of metro areas with rising median prices. During the second quarter of 2011, for example, only 41 metros had improving values from the previous year. And the first quarter of this year saw only 74 cities with price gains. Also in the report, the national median existing single-family home price was $181,500, which is 7.3 percent higher than a year earlier and the strongest year-over-year increase since 2006. More here and here

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To My Valued Clients

I am excited to share some fantastic news!

The owners of Chicago Bancorp, National Bancorp Holdings, and The Federal Savings Bank have offered me a position as “Senior Vice President at The Federal Savings Bank”.
This platform allows me to deliver a wide range of great mortgage products and service to my clients while enjoying the stability, security, and national reach of a Federally Chartered National Bank. I am looking forward to providing the same great service with distinctly more benefits to all of you. Please sit back, relax and watch as we are rebuilding America, one home loan at a time!

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Americans’ View Of Economy, Housing Takes Positive Turn

For the first time in nearly a year, more Americans say they expect their financial situation to improve over the next 12 months than say it’ll stay the same. Fannie Mae’s Monthly National Housing Survey shows an increasingly positive attitude toward the housing market and the broader economy among surveyed Americans. The results of the survey found a six percent jump in the number of people who say the economy is on the right track and a four percent spike in the number of participants who expect home prices to increase in the next year. Doug Duncan, vice president and chief economist at Fannie Mae, said there’s been a marked improvement in consumer sentiment regarding the direction of the economy, personal finances, and future home price expectations following the fourth-quarter pickup in the economy. On average, Americans say they expect home prices to rise by 0.8 percent in the next 12 months, up from 0.2 percent in November. Also, 71 percent of Americans say it is a good time to buy a home, which is a 3 percent increase from the month before. More here and here.

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Study Examines Americans’ Attitudes Toward Purchasing A Home

According to a study from the Mortgage Bankers Association titled The Great Recession and Attitudes Toward Homebuying, nearly 80 percent of American households believe now is a good time to purchase a home. The research examined consumer attitudes toward homeownership before, during, and after the most recent recession using 30 years of data from the University of Michigan’s Survey of Consumer Attitudes. The findings show despite slow economic growth and high unemployment, Americans overwhelmingly say conditions are good for buyers. The positive perception was particularly strong among young, educated, white and Hispanic Americans. Michael Fratantoni, MBA’s vice president of research and economics, said the study shows young households still value homeownership and that homebuyer sentiment has returned to its long-term average. More here.

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Pending Home Sales Reach Highest Level In 19 Months

The National Association of Realtors’ Pending Home Sales Index rose 7.3 percent to 100.1 in November and is 5.9 percent above last year’s levels. The improvement brought pending sales to their highest level since April 2010 when the homebuyer tax credit was about to expire. Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, said some of the gains may have been due to delayed transactions resulting from previous contract failures. According to Yun, housing affordability is at a record high and there is pent-up demand from buyers who have been on the sidelines. Pending home sales rose in every region of the country. The West saw a 14.9 percent increase and the Northeast was up 8.1 percent. More here.

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Alex Romo is one the leaders in the mortgage lending industry. With over 10 years of experience, Alex has grown to be one of the top originating Loan Officers in the country. His extensive knowledge of today's programs and the ability to offer the best options for his clients has earned him a high level of respect with his Realtor partners.

Alex utilizes state-of-the-art client follow-up systems to provide superior service.

Alex specializes in referrals from past clients and works closely with Realtors in Chicago and the south and west suburbs where he has personal knowledge of the communities and neighborhoods.

The powerful combination of mortgage industry expertise, local market sensitivity, and top-notch customer service ensure a smooth transaction experience for clients and real estate professionals alike.

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300 N. Elizabeth St 3E
Chicago, IL 60607
Office: 312-738-8430
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**Alex is one of the best loan officers I have worked with. He is very skilled and gets the job done. He is great with his clients and walks them through the process from start to finish. He is hard working and very responsive to all his deals he takes pride in his work. I would give Alex 5 stars give him a call you will not be disappointed
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- Mallari and Robert

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- Charles R. Jr.

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- Maria O.

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