What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – May 31, 2016

What's Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week - May 31, 2016Last week’s economic reports included new home sales, pending home sales along with weekly mortgage rates and new jobless claims.

New Home Sales Surpass Expectations

Sales of new homes surpassed expectations and the prior month’s reading. April’s reading of 619,000 sales exceeded expectations of 523,000 new homes sold and 531,000 new homes sold in March.  New home sales rose by 16.60 percent on a seasonally adjusted annual basis, which was the highest increase in 24 years. 

Analysts said that April’s new home sales indicate that builders are increasing production of new homes to meet high demand for homes. Short inventories of available homes are credited with driving up demand and home prices. Buyers seeking family homes are contending with investor buyers and cash buyers in popular markets.

With affordability becoming limited in many cities, first time and moderate income homebuyers aren’t buying as many homes as they once did. This development contributes to slowing markets, as move-up buyers generally rely on first time buyers to purchase their homes. 

Shortages of available homes has pressured home builders to break ground on new home construction projects, but builders continue to cite labor shortages and a lack of buildable lots as reasons why they aren’t building homes as fast as homes are needed. 

Pending Home Sales Numbers Suggest Peak Buying Season Returns

Pending home sales were also higher than forecast in April with a reading of 5.10 percent as compared to expectations of 0.80 percent for April and the March reading of 1.60 percent. Pending home sales gauge future closings for home sales and reached their highest level in 10 years and posted a year-over-year gain of 4.60 percent. 

Three of four regional readings for pending home sales posted gains, with home sales in the Midwest posting slower growth. On a year-over-year basis, he South posted a gain of 6.80 percent and the Northeast posted a gain of 1.20 percent. The West saw a jump in pending sales with a reading of 11.40 percent after posting a negative reading in March. 

April’s expansion in new and pending sales suggests that the peak home buying season is back.

Mortgage Rates Rise; New Jobless Claims Fall

Freddie Mac reported higher average mortgage rates. The rate for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage was six basis points higher at 3.64 percent; the rate for a 15-year mortgage rose eight basis points to 2.89 percent. The average rate for a 5/1 adjustable rate mortgage rose seven points to 2.87 percent. Discount points averaged 0.50 percent for all mortgage types. 

New jobless claims dipped last week to 268,000 as compared to an expected reading of 275,000 new claims and the prior week’s reading of 278,000 new claims. Analysts said that New York school employees that were eligible for benefits boosted jobless claims earlier in May due to a non-typical law that allows some school workers to draw unemployment during school closures such as spring break or labor disputes.

Whats Ahead This Week

This week’s scheduled economic news includes Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, construction spending and reports on inflation, core inflation and consumer sentiment. No reports were scheduled for Monday due to the Memorial Day holiday. 

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8100 N 68th Street Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

$18,000,000
5 Beds
7.5 Baths
17,912 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 5701342
Property Type Single Family - Detached
Romantic Urban Villa in the heart of Paradise Valley. This palatial Mediterranean estate is a master class in what can be achieved with the worlds finest materials, a renowned team of artisans, and an unlimited budget.Designed by Juan Sandoval following the format of 17th Century Colonial architecture, but with every modern convenience. This magnificent home is unparalleled in its construction quality and architectural precision. Every 2 acre part of this estate was designed and built in over a ten year period. Two spectacular central courtyards. One for gardens and fountains, the other for a stunning 60X60 foot pool. The design of the home guarantees beauty from every room, and a level of security unmatched by even the most advanced technology. DO NOT MISS MOTION VIDEO!

5335 N Invergordon Road Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

$16,950,000
6 Beds
13 Baths
25,851 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 5676395
Property Type Single Family - Detached
Simple words cannot describe an estate of this stature. The polished elegance and imposing beauty are what movies are made of, and it's easy to imagine many a movie being filmed in this magnificent showpiece. The rooms are so luxurious and so unique, it's impossible to convey the grandeur without seemingly exaggerating, and to say that this mansion is constructed with quality materials is a massive understatement, as it has been built with commercial standards and engineering that are rarely, if ever, seen in residential construction. If that doesn't get your attention, the 25-person elevator sure will, serving as a focal point so spectacular that it will take your breath away. Impeccable custom design adorns every inch of this palatial residence, including a full home theatre, lavish two

8055 N Mummy Mountain Road Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

$16,500,000
7 Beds
12 Baths
25,416 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 5165200
Property Type Single Family - Detached
Lush, mature landscaping, hand-laid stone walls, and artistic wrought iron accents line the guest drive of this impressive 5-acre Mediterranean estate. Architecturally designed by Erik Peterson and custom built by Desert Star Construction, this magnificent estate boasts 7 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, a detached 2-bedroom guesthouse, a free-standing 1,800 square foot fitness facility, a tennis court and more than 25,000 square feet of incomparable Arizona living. Showcasing the very best in home entertainment, this grand estate's lower level is comprised of a private theater with tiered seating, ultra modern music room with pro lighting package, a recording studio and a custom-designed instrument showroom.

New River AZ 85087

$16,000,000
4 Beds
2 Baths
19,161 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 5584412
Property Type Single Family - Detached
AMAZING OPPORTUNITY TO OWN 32 ACRES TOTAL NORTH OF ANTHEM OUTLETS. BORDERS I17 FRONTAGE ROAD. C3 Zoning. Fantastic location. Please DO NOT bother anyone on property. Recent appraisal meets value. Willing to sell 8 Acres South of Nursery separately. Seller will finance! Thank you.

19920 W Verde Hills Drive Wickenburg, AZ 85390

$14,900,000
3 Beds
3.5 Baths
5,365 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 5685013
Property Type Single Family - Detached
Powell Ranch sits on a plateau providing 360 views, with 538 deeded acres and grazing leases from the state on over 2,200 contiguous acres (all fenced). Designed by architect Bill Otwell, the 5,365 SF Santa Fe style main house with 3BR/3.5BA, office and media room is constructed of 18 thick adobe walls covered with cement plaster. 9'+ ceilings are unique - stripped Aspen poles above giant pine beams, 4 fireplaces, 3 fountains & lush landscaping. 1,066 SF guesthouse is 2BR/1BA; 2,200 SF detached garage/workshop fits 3 cars, RV, storage and 1/2 BA. Equestrian facilities include a large arena, 4 outdoor stalls/corrals w/auto water (3 shaded), covered hay storage, tack room, horse wash, and 60' round breaking pen. See Documents section for details.

5335 N Wilkinson Road Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

$14,800,000
7 Beds
12 Baths
15,381 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 5829139
Property Type Single Family - Detached
Bramasole: Enjoy your own resort! Privacy, luxury & relaxation in the heart of the Valley. Situated on 4.5 acres of lush landscaping boasting over 15,000 SF of elegance featuring a 3,000-bottle wine cellar, chef's kitchen, library, high-tech media room, exercise room, and an oversized 9 car garage! The outdoor oasis rivals any resort. Dip into your beautiful saltwater pool & spa, entertain with seating for 120 of your closest friends while floating in your 150,000 gallon lazy river with a 30 FT water slide, rope swing, splash pad, volleyball court, firepits and putting green. Enjoy your outdoor commercial kitchen, his & her locker rooms and a separate guest house, in addition to a caretakers cottage with an additional garage! Your dream estate awaits YOU...

7004 N Invergordon Road Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

$13,950,000
6 Beds
10 Baths
15,000 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 5716629
Property Type Single Family - Detached
This sprawling, private appx 5 acre mountainside estate boasts 15,000+ square feet & offers 6 bdrm suites, 10 baths & includes almost every imaginable detail to class & quality one could dream of. Exquisitely appointed with custom light fixtures; beautiful flooring throughout; stone carved Italian marble columns; incredible chef's kitchen; butler pantry; game room; wine tasting room & storage room for 1400+ bottles; custom office; sound proof 12 seat home theater; private gym; oversized pool w/see through viewing area from lower level family/game room; fire pots; a beautiful mountainside waterfall & a separate guest/housekeeper/chef quarters.This estate features incredible indoor/outdoor entertaining with absolutely amazing southern views & some of the best sunrise and sunsets in all of AZ

5837 N Palo Cristi Road Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

$13,400,000
8 Beds
9 Baths
14,458 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 5780430
Property Type Single Family - Detached
This masterfully designed and privately gated palatial estate is situated on roughly 5 acres of manicured grounds in PV and offers breathtaking views of the world famous Camelback Mountain's Praying Monk and Piestewa Peak. This majestic one-owner estate underwent a multiple year construction process because of its unrivaled attention to architectural details and handpicked finishes that were inspired from the Versailles in France. From its romanesque water fountains, imported grand staircase, marble fireplace surrounds, polished marble floors, hand carved limestone columns, hand-woven silk wallpapers, coffered ceiling, to gold fixtures and custom cabinetry throughout. click for more supplemental info.

5212 E Exeter Boulevard Phoenix, AZ 85018

$12,950,000
3 Beds
4 Baths
2,553 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 5814639
Property Type Single Family - Detached
Completed in 1952, the David and Gladys Wright House is one of three spiral designs realized by Frank Lloyd Wright and is considered to be a precursor to the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The concrete block home sits on ~5.9 acres in the Arcadia neighborhood of Phx and enjoys sweeping views of Camelback Mountain. The ~2200 SF 3 bdrm main house has been partially updated, but requires additional rehabilitations, including necessary structural and electrical repairs. The offer includes reproductions of the signature ''March Balloons'' carpet designed by Wright for the living room and a dining table and chairs. The ~360 SF 1 bd guest house has been recently restored. An application for Historic Preservation-Landmark status is pending with the City of Phoenix.Offered in AS-Is condition

5021 E Arabian Way Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

$12,950,000
6 Beds
9 Baths
16,083 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 5826956
Property Type Single Family - Detached
Timeless Classic Elegant Masterpiece! Surround yourself in complete tranquility and luxury on almost 5 spectacular acres enveloped by mountains, lush grounds and magnificent gardens. This prestigious residence has been masterfully remodeled to be one of the finest estates in Paradise Valley. With over 16,000 square feet comprising 6 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms, this exquisite home boasts a stunning grand entrance, soaring uniquely decorated ceilings, large scale rooms with finest architectural features including sophisticated finishes throughout with details sourced the world over and a floorplan that is formal, yet creates a comfortable and inviting ambience. Other luxury amenities include; formal living and dining rooms, family style great room and open chef's kitchen,

9625 E Aw Tillinghast Road Scottsdale, AZ 85262

$12,500,000
6 Beds
8 Baths
11,250 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 5689418
Property Type Single Family - Detached
Timeless contemporary estate that was inspired with an unlimited budget, a blank canvas for architectural creativity and a one-of-a-kind site with views of the entire southern horizon. A visionary and profound architectural statement with intersecting radial and linear forms built to commercial construction standards. The pioneering roof design features 'folded plates' of copper that perfectly blend the home into the natural desert surroundings. Interior details include Hope Steel doors, limestone flooring, dry-stacked sandstone fireplace surrounds and custom copper details and trim around every window, doorway and wall. The site provides 270 degree, top-of-the-world sunset, city light and mountain views from 16 hilltop acres at the apex of Lone Mountain in Scottsdale's Desert Mountain.

6659 E Indian Bend Road Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

$11,995,000
8 Beds
16 Baths
26,393 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 5725463
Property Type Single Family - Detached
Experience this brand new, meticulously designed custom estate, located in the safety & privacy of an exclusive guard-gated community. Enjoy a large acreage estate feel, with energy-efficient, low maintenance upkeep. This 8 bed, 16 bath home offers large living on a smaller footprint with refined elegance & unparalleled construction quality by utilizing concrete and steel. This is a unique opportunity to select your own finishes. A magnificent piece of design & classical architecture with an abundance of amenities: 20-car collector's garage, 2 separate guest houses, dining room surrounded by water, indoor & outdoor pools, swim up bar, multipurpose shooting range, bank vault, salon, wine tasting room & cellar, theater, indoor/outdoor living areas & more! Priced as-is, pre-completion.