Mortgage shoppers continue looking for bargain mortgages as rates have remained at near lows for the year. First half of last year was around 4% while this year they have only slightly risen to 4.5% which is still historically low.
Mortgage demand rising, Fannie Mae says; Freddie says rates unchanged
Townhouses under construction in Glenview, Ill., on June 27. (Tim Boyle / Bloomberg)
The demand was met by a slight easing of credit standards during the second quarter at large lenders, the survey showed, echoing recent remarks by executives at No. 1 home lender Wells Fargo & Co. and a separate survey by a trade association.
The picture was different, though, at smaller lenders, according to Fannie Mae, which said in a report Thursday that they tended to tighten their lending standards during the quarter.
What's more, the report said, the mortgage executives were much more likely than consumers to say it is difficult for a borrower to get a loan these days. And the demand for mortgages, though improved, was far from robust.
"These results are broadly in line with other major indicators released recently, including the pickup in home sales in May," said Fannie Mae chief economist Doug Duncan.
Duncan said the findings "support our expectations of a steady but unspectacular rebound for housing during the second half of this year."
Mortgage shoppers continue to enjoy rates that are near their lows for the year.
Freddie Mac's weekly survey of lenders, also released Thursday, showed that lenders were offering 30-year fixed loans to solid borrowers at an average of 4.13%, unchanged from last week.
The Freddie Mac survey showed the average 30-year rate, which was less than 4% during the first half of last year, had risen to about 4.5% as this year began.