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HUD No. 99-89
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Or contact your local HUD officeMay 24, 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 May 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 7.08 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 53 basis points in the Southeast region to a decrease of 8 basis points in the West.

In the FHA primary mortgage market, the average FHA effective rate for all reported primary market quotes was 7.14 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 32 basis points and an effective interest rate of 7.05 percent. Average basis points for the 7.00 percent primary rate were 33 basis points in the Middle Atlantic region, 20 basis points in the Southeast, 25 basis points in the North Central, 20 basis points in the Southwest and 54 basis points in the West.

The national average contract rates for commitments on conventional loans for new and existing homes in the primary mortgage market went down 10 basis point to 6.93 percent in new home loans and down 13 basis point to 6.92 percent for existing home loans.

The proportion of HUD offices reporting an adequate supply of construction funds on May 1 was 100 percent for FHA and 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 May 1 was 71 percent for low-priced homes, 67 percent for moderate- priced homes, and 65 percent for high-priced homes.

On May 1 the proportion of HUD Field Offices reporting a stable trend in builders' unsold inventory of new homes was 80 percent, while 16 percent noted a declining trend and 4 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 demand would be relatively stronger than supply. One year ago the proportion of offices reporting a stationary trend was 77 percent, a declining trend 21 percent, and an advancing trend 2 percent.

Date of next release: June 22, 1999

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