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Interest Rates Feel Effects of Government Shutdown

Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey showed average fixed rates dropping for the third straight week, with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaging 4.22 percent (0.7 point) for the week ending October 3, down a tenth of a percentage point. In addition to the government shutdown (which threatens to shave points off of GDP growth in Q4 if allowed to continue much longer), rates were brought down by a slip in consumer sentiment in September.

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Price Gains Expected to Persist with West Leading the Nation

National home prices will rise 4.8 percent over the next year, according to a third-quarter forecast from Veros Real Estate Solutions, a risk management, valuation services, and analytics firm based in Santa Ana, California. Regionally, Veros predicts continued strengthening in the West and a lag in the Northeast and parts of the South. The top 10 markets labeled by Veros' forecast are all located in Western states: Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.

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Fitch: Healthy Improvements in Housing Metrics Still Expected

Though recent reports seem to indicate a hitch in the ongoing housing recovery, Fitch Ratings maintains its expectations of a healthy increase in housing metrics through this year and the next. "As we have noted previously, recovery in the housing market will likely occur in fits and starts and housing absolute numbers are still low relative to past cycles," the company said in its latest analysis. "Expansion should not be expected as a total slope upward, as there are a number of variables that intervene."

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Private Mortgage Insurance Production Slows in August

According to monthly statistics released by Mortgage Insurance Companies of America (MICA), member companies issued 46,051 policies in August, down from 50,575 in July. Activity was still higher than last year, though, when members issued 43,949 policies. The drop came despite an increase in applications received in July. Meanwhile, loan performance picked up after deteriorating for four straight months, with the ratio of cures to defaults rising more than 15 percentage points to 93.6 percent.

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