Diana Olick is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, currently serving as CNBC's real estate correspondent as well as the author of the Realty Check blog on CNBC.com. She also contributes her real estate expertise to NBC's "Today" and "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams."
Olick launched the real es...
Fannie, Freddie making billions-why shut them down?
There is still plenty of snow blanketing a wide swath of the nation's neighborhoods, but the spring housing market is just around the corner. This year, it will be more competitive than ever, with the supply of homes for sale at record lows and rising mortgage rates threatening to make the situation even worse. President's Day is considered the start of the busiest season for housing, with big builders touting holiday sales to kick it off.
Some will blame the weather. Others will claim the data is too volatile month-to-month. Bottom line, December's steep drop in single-family housing starts is not indicative of what is really going on at construction sites across the nation. This winter's chill was both brutal and early, and that was a factor, despite seasonal adjustments in the Census Bureau's reading. Starts fell hardest in the Northeast and South, where temperatures were significantly below normal.
The rise in mortgage applications last week doesn't make sense — unless you factor in fear. Interest rates rose, but borrowers may have jumped in, especially to refinance their current loans, worried that the long run of record low rates is over. Total mortgage application volume for the week rose 4.1 percent, seasonally adjusted, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. Volume rose 5.6 percent from a year ago.
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Selecting a term
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