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HUD No. 99-54
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Or contact your local HUD officeMarch 22, 1999


WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today released results of its latest survey of market conditions for fixed rate, long-term, level payment home loans as well as interest rates for home construction funds. The March 1, 1999, survey found that the most frequently quoted contract rate for HUD/FHA Section 203(b) mortgages being sold in the secondary market for immediate delivery was 7.00 percent. Typical prices for 7.00 percent contract interest rate loans produced a national average secondary market yield of 7.10 percent.

FHA secondary market yields were mixed. Changes in secondary market yields on the most frequently quoted Section 203(b) contract rate ranged from an increase of 8 basis points in the West region to a decrease of 2 basis points in the Southeast.

In the FHA primary mortgage market, the average FHA effective rate for all reported primary market quotes was 7.26 percent. Lenders reported that the most frequent rate being quoted to potential FHA homebuyers for 60 days or more "lock-in" commitments was 7.00 percent with an average of 21 basis points and an effective interest rate of 7.03 percent. Average basis points for the 7.00 percent primary rate were 50 basis points in the Northeast region, 6 basis points in the North Central, 63 basis points in the West and zero basis points in the other regions.

The national average contract rates for commitments on conventional loans for new and existing homes in the primary mortgage market went up 22 basis points to 7.02 percent in new home loans and up 22 basis points to 7.04 percent for existing home loans.

The proportion of HUD offices reporting an adequate supply of construction funds on March 1 was 100 percent for FHA and 98 percent for conventional financings. For the trend of builders' plans, in the latest survey the majority of builders remained in the stable building plan category for each home price class. The proportion on March 1 was 67 percent for low-priced homes, 60 percent for moderate-priced homes, and 63 percent for high-priced homes.

On March 1 the proportion of HUD Field Offices reporting a stable trend in builders' unsold inventory of new homes was 73 percent, while 24 percent noted a declining trend and 3 percent an advancing situation. An advancing trend is indicative of a growing inventory of homes, meaning either over-production and/or slower new home sales. Conversely, a declining inventory of new homes indicates somewhat of a sellers' market, where demand would be relatively stronger than supply. One year ago the proportion of offices reporting a stationary trend was 74 percent, a declining trend 21 percent, and an advancing trend 5 percent.

Date of next release: April 22, 1999

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