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Another Laguna Niguel Five Star Review – Highly Likely to Recommend

So happy to have received another Laguna Niguel Five Star Review!

Colleen was ready to sell her property and needed to sell for a great price to move on with her future plans. We discussed her needs in detail and studied the comps and other home values before we listed her home for sale. After careful consideration we went with a very strong value due to some of the unique characteristics the home had. It just sold for $1,050,000. She was thrilled. Here is what she had to say:

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“I ‘ve dealt with many realtors over the years and I can’t say enough about Jesse. He was prompt, attentive ,calm, and extremely competent. He was a great negotiator and we had more difficult case, however, he navigated it beautifully. Thank you again Jesse. I would use you again hands-down  and recommend you to everyone.” Colleen Marie Spencer

 

This Kite Hill Laguna Niguel home was located on a terrific corner view lot and we marketed the wonderful features it had. It was priced perfectly although many buyers believed it was overpriced as the home needed a lot of updating. But the unique lot location combined with the view gave this listing tremendous potential. We knew we could get the right buyer to purchase this home for close to list price. Thank you Colleen for your trust. It was a pleasure working with you! We did it!

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Laguna Niguel five star review

To read more Laguna Niguel Five Star Reviews and Five Star Reviews for Jesse Madison in other Orange County areas please click here.

We have 18 Five Star Reviews on Zillow and we strive to keep our clients satisfied! Call Jesse Madison at 949-306-8416 for a free consultation today!

 

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FHA Condo Rules Modified | More condos to be approved for FHA loans

Over the holidays FHA Condo rules were modified! Changes were made to condo policies making it easier for condos to be approved for FHA loans.

The main FHA condo rules modified are:

•Redefining “owner occupied,” streamlining the recertification process for Condo developments. Properties that aren’t strictly investor properties, such as second homes, will now be included in the percentage of units that are owner-occupied. FHA requires that 50 percent of the units in condo buildings be owner occupied in order to qualify for FHA certification. This means more complexes will qualify for FHA financing!

•A streamlined recertification process internally for HUD ( FHA) to approve condo complexes.

•Allowing more insurance options. An expansion of the types of insurance considered acceptable coverage according to FHA rules, including state-run programs and co-insurance, among others.New FHA Condo Rules

 

FHA is committed to making financing available for more first time homebuyers and changes to condo policies are welcomed as many first time buyers are perfectly suited to buy condos as their first home. The lower price points of condos vs. single family homes is more attractive and policies that focus on making more condos eligible for FHA financing are welcomed by first time homebuyers.

Jesse Madison is a real estate broker in Orange County, CA who is very experienced in all types of FHA loans. To get FHA Condo Rulesqualified for an FHA loan and purchase a home in Orange County, CA call Jesse at 949-306-8416 or email Jesse@JesseMadison.com.

These FHA Condo rules will benefit first time homebuyers and lower income buyers immensely as they looking to purchase Orange County condos. FHA offers options for traditional FHA mortgages and Rehabilitation loans including FHA 203k loans. The rehab loans allow buyers to do thousands of dollars worth of repairs to the home and finance all the costs of the repairs in the home loan with just a  3.5% down payment on the home. Call Jesse or check www.hud.gov for more details!

 

Email Scams targeting wire transfers in Real Estate Transactions!

Beware of Email Scams targeting wire transfers in Real Estate Transactions

Email Scams targeting wire transfersRecent reports show that there is an uptick of email scams targeting wire transfers of real estate buyers. Sophisticated criminals are trying to steal money from unsuspecting buyers.

Here is how it works:

  1. Criminals hack into email accounts of someone involved in your real estate transaction.
  2. The criminal then steals information relating to the transaction.
  3. The criminals then email unsuspecting buyers from an email that appears to be from an individual legitimately involved in the transaction. These emails inform the buyer there has been a last minute change in wiring instructions and dupe them into wiring funds to the hackers account.

It is important to proactively communicate with your escrow and title contacts to verifyEmail Scams targeting wire transfers proper wire instructions. The National Association of Realtors has urged all members to be on high alert for these types of email scams or fraud. Here are some recommendations per NAR for fraud prevention:

Follow this guidance from Realtor.org to avoid becoming a victim of email scams targeting wire transfers:

•Immediately contact all parties to all of your upcoming transactions and inform them of the possibility of this fraud.  Attorneys, escrow agents, buyers, sellers, real estate agents, and title agents have all been targeted in these scams.  You can also download and distribute NAR’s online fraud prevention handout, accessible here. •If possible, do not send sensitive information via email.  If you must use email to send sensitive information, use encrypted email. •Immediately prior to wiring any money, the person sending the money must call the intended recipient to verify the wiring instructions.  Only use a verified telephone number to make this call. •Do not trust contact information in unverified emails.  The hackers will recreate legitimate-looking signature blocks with their own telephone number.   In addition, fraudsters will include links to fake websites to further convince victims of their legitimacy. •Never click on any links in an unverified email.  In addition to leading you to fake websites, these links can contain viruses and other malicious spyware that can make your computer – and your transactions – vulnerable to attack. •Never conduct business over unsecured wifi. •Trust your instincts.  Tell clients that if an e-mail or a telephone call ever seems suspicious or “off,” that they should refrain from taking any action until the communication has been independently verified as legitimate. •Clean out your e-mail account on a regular basis. Your e-mails may establish patterns in your business practice over time that hackers can use against you. In addition, a longstanding backlog of e-mails may contain sensitive information from months or years past. You can always save important e-mails in a secure location on your internal system or hard drive. •Change your usernames and passwords on a regular basis, and make sure your employees and licensees do the same. •Never use usernames or passwords that are easy to guess. Never, ever use the password “password.” •Make sure to implement the most up-to-date firewall and anti-virus technologies in your business.

Damage Control

Email Scams targeting wire transfersIf you believe your e-mail or any other account has been hacked, or that you or a client has otherwise been a victim of online fraud, you should take the following steps:     •If money has been wired via false wiring instructions, immediately call all banks and financial institutions that could possibly put a stop to the wire. •Contact your local police. •Contact any clients or other parties who may have been exposed during the attack so that they take appropriate action. Remind them not to comply with any requests from an unverified source. •Change all usernames and passwords associated with any account that you believe may have been compromised or otherwise made vulnerable by the attack. •Report any fraudulent activity to the Federal Bureau of Investigations via their Internet Crime Complaint Center. More information can be found by clicking here. •Brokers should report any fraudulent activity to their state or local REALTOR® association so that the associations can send out alerts or take other appropriate action, including contacting NAR.   Email Scams targeting wire transfers are real threats and you should do all you can to protect your assets from cyber-crime.   Be sure to use a real estate broker you trust that can guide you safely through your transaction. Contact Jesse Madison 949.306.8416 for all your Orange County Real Estate needs.

Water Leak in your home? 7 Steps to Protect Your Home and Family

Water leak in your Roof?

Here are 7 steps to protect your home and family.

During the rainy season its important to protect your home from a water leak. As a real estate broker I have seen and experienced many leaks due to damaged roofing that only appears during a constant water source when raining. If you experience flooding here is what you should do.

water leak

  1. Place large buckets or trashcans to protect the flooring in your home.
  2. Dry up the existing water on the floor and place an additional plastic sheet to protect the flooring under your buckets.
  3. Poke a small hole with a pencil or nail in your drywall to prevent water accumulation in your ceiling. This provides a place for the water to drain out from the roof.
  4. If water buildup is significant be sure to cut open the drywall so the air can dry out the area above.
  5. Contract a roofer to evaluate if the damage to the roof is due to damaged paper in one small area of the roof or if the damage is more widespread. Complete roof repairs as soon as possible.
  6. Be sure that the area above the drywall is dry. Fans may be necessary to blow into the area above and dry out wet areas. Bleach may also be sprayed into wet areas to kill any mold that may be developing in these areas.
  7. Patch up drywall and texture to match the existing texture on your walls and ceiling.

water leak roofContact your insurance company to see if you have coverage for these repairs. Its important to fix leaks immediately to prevent mold and further damage to your home. If mold exists please contact a mold remediation specialist to provide mold remediation immediately. Your health an the health of all occupants in your home is the most important factor when dealing with any water leak or water damage.

If you need any assistance locating local Orange County Contractors or Roofers to assist you with your needs call Jesse Madison, Local Orange County Real Estate Broker to assist you with reputable vendors at 949-306-8416.

CAR Market Forecast | CAR is predicting a 3.2% market increase in 2016

CAR Market Forecast

CAR is predicting a 3.2% market increase in 2016 citing a strong foundation and credit easing as leading factors. Read the whole story here.

CAR Market forecast

Emi looking up 2016 forecast

October 8, 2015

C.A.R. releases its 2016 California Housing Market Forecast

California home sales to increase slightly, while prices post slowest gain in five years

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 8) – California’s housing market will continue to improve into 2016, but a shortage of homes on the market and a crimp in housing affordability also will persist, according to the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®’ (C.A.R.) “2016 California Housing Market Forecast,” released today.

The C.A.R. forecast sees an increase in existing home sales of 6.3 percent next year to reach 433,000 units, up from the projected 2015 sales figure of 407,500 homes sold.  Sales in 2015 also will be up 6.3 percent from the 383,300 existing, single-family homes sold in 2014.

“Solid job growth and favorable interest rates will drive a strong demand for housing next year,” said C.A.R. President Chris Kutzkey.  “However, in regions where inventory is tight, such as the San Francisco Bay Area, sales growth could be limited by stiff market competition and diminishing housing affordability. On the other hand, demand in less expensive areas such as Solano County, the Central Valley, and Riverside/San Bernardino areas will remain strong thanks to solid job growth in warehousing, transportation, logistics, and manufacturing in these areas.”

C.A.R.’s forecast projects growth in the U.S. Gross Domestic Product of 2.7 percent in 2016, after a projected gain of 2.4 percent in 2015.  With nonfarm job growth of 2.3 percent in California, the state’s unemployment rate should decrease to 5.5 percent in 2016 from 6.3 percent in 2015 and 7.5 percent in 2014.

The average for 30-year, fixed mortgage interest rates will rise only slightly to 4.5 percent but will still remain at historically low levels.

The California median home price is forecast to increase 3.2 percent to $491,300 in 2016, following a projected 6.5 percent increase in 2015 to $476,300.  This is the slowest rate of price appreciation in five years.

“The foundation for California’s housing market remains strong, with moderating home prices, signs of credit easing, and the state continuing to lead the nation in economic and job growth,” said C.A.R. Vice President and Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young. “However, the global economic slowdown, financial market volatility, and the anticipation of higher interest rates are some of the challenges that may have an adverse impact on the market’s momentum next year. Additionally, as we see more sales shift to inland regions of the state, the change in mix of sales will keep increases in the statewide median price tempered.”

CAR MARKET FORECAST

2016 California Housing Market Forecast 

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Leading the way …® in real estate news and information for more than 110 years, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (www.car.org) is one of the largest state trade organizations in the United States, with more than 175,000 members dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in real estate. C.A.R. is headquartered in Los Angeles.

CAR Market forecast for 2016 directly from CAR Website


FHA to reduce Mortgage Insurance Premiums!

FHA to reduce mortgage insurance premiums

FHA to reduce mortgage insurance premiums

FHA has just announced that it will dramatically cut the cost of  mortgage insurance premiums.  Current mortgage insurance premiums are 1.25% of the loan’s value. This amount will be reduced to .85%.

This will  result in a savings of about $900 a year for most typical buyers.  It is about a 37% reduction in your mortgage insurance premium. This is a huge savings for your average family but it appears it will only impact new loans.

Read below- FHA to reduce mortgage insurance premiums and how this will impact the market in 2015:

 

From Marketwatch by Steve Goldstein 

link here: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-the-fha-insurance-premium-cut-will-impact-the-market-2015-01-08

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — On a day when President Barack Obama spoke about his administration’s new housing policy, here are five questions, and answers, on the Federal Housing Administration’s decision to cut annual mortgage insurance premiums.

How much are we talking? There will be a 0.5 percentage-point drop in annual premiums, from 1.35% to 0.85%. The White House estimates this will save $900 a year for new borrowers.

The upfront premium of 1.75% is not impacted by this.

When? No date has been announced, as of Thursday morning, but it appears to be imminent. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro told reporters that the FHA is aiming for the end of the month to implement it.

Why now? The White House says it’s trying to help creditworthy families who can afford a home but have been shut out of the market because of the tight lending requirements.

It’s also because the FHA appears to be on a path to better financial footing. Solvency concerns had pushed premiums higher after they fell as low as 0.5% before the crisis. The FHA had been missing its target of holding capital equal to at least 2% of outstanding insurance. That ratio was negative in fiscal 2013, and 0.4% in fiscal 2014. But the FHA is now projected to meet its target by fiscal 2016.

But most notably, the cut comes amid competition from Fannie Mae FNMA, -6.10%  and Freddie Mac FMCC, -6.61% the government-backed mortgage buyers that have started offering mortgages with down payments as low as 3%. Castro denied the Fannie and Freddie move had anything to do with the FHA decision.

Some Republicans in Congress have criticized the move. “The federal government should be winding down its involvement in the mortgage business, not engaging in a race to the bottom, and it is absolutely imperative that Congress follow through on housing finance reform this year,” said Sen. Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican.

Castro said the FHA collected nearly four times as much revenue as the losses it projects from the 2013 portfolio. “We feel like it’s a reasonable time to take this prudent measure,” he said.

What’s the impact on the mortgage market? According to analysis from Goldman Sachs, FHA currently holds a 15% market share. An FHA mortgage requires a 3.5% down payment, and the average FICO credit score is 690, vs. 760 for Fannie- or Freddie-backed mortgages. They say the move could go beyond that 15% if some borrowers opt for FHA rather than conventional programs.

And how will that impact the housing market? The same Goldman Sachs analysis found that a one percentage-point rise in mortgage rates in 2003 led to an 11% decline in housing starts. So by that math — if FHA were to get a 25% share of the mortgage market — there would be 14,000 more housing starts over the course of the year than there otherwise would be.

To put that in perspective, the annual pace of housing starts in November was 1.04 million. So, it isn’t a lot. But it comes amid a backdrop of factors that are positive for housing, notably another decline in interest rates and a growing jobs market.

What about existing FHA customers? There doesn’t appear to be any benefit for them. The FHA has yet determined the applicability to those who have sought loans but haven’t had them as yet approved.

Fannie Mae announces 97% LTV Options!

Fannie Mae announces 97% LTV Options

For First-Time Home Buyers and Limited Cash-Out Refinance of Fannie Mae Loans

 

Only 1 buyer needs to be a first time homebuyer. Release of the program is December 13, 2014.

 

According to consumer research conducted by Fannie Mae, the primary barrier to homeownership for first-time home buyers is saving money for the down payment and closing costs. In support of ongoing efforts to expand access to credit and support sustainable homeownership, Fannie Mae is offering 97% LTV /CLTV/HCLTV financing to help home buyers who would otherwise qualify for a mortgage but may not have the resources for a larger down payment, and a refinance option for Fannie Mae loans. These options are designed to help lenders serve creditworthy borrowers and expand business opportunities. Refer to Selling Guide Announcement SEL-2014-15 for details. 

Key Features (apply to all options)

  • Desktop Underwriter® (DU®) underwriting required
  • 1-unit principal residence (including condos and PUDs; manufactured housing is not eligible)
  • Fixed-rate mortgage with maximum term of 30 years
  • Reserves (if required per DU) may be gifted

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Definitions

First-time home buyer (FTHB): At least one buyer must not have owned any residential property in the past three years
(full definition).
Home-buyer education and counseling: As defined in the Selling Guide, Subpart B2-2-06: Home-buyer Education and Counseling

Selling Guide Announcement SEL-2014-15 | DU Version 9.2 Release Notes (updated December 8, 2014) |

3% Down Mortgages

3% Down Mortgages

Fannie Mae announced in Selling Guide Announcement SEL-2014-15 an increase in the maximum LTV, CLTV, and HCLTV ratios for certain principal residence transactions. Fannie Mae will allow LTV ratios greater than 95% up to a maximum of 97% for:

  • MyCommunityMortgage® (MCM®) purchase transactions if at least one borrower is a first-time home buyer and pre-purchase home-buyer education and counseling is completed,
  • standard purchase transactions (non-MCM) if at least one borrower is a first-time home buyer, or
  • standard limited cash-out refinances (non-MCM) of existing Fannie Mae loans.

All loans must be fixed-rate and secured by a one-unit principal residence. Manufactured housing is not

permitted. All loans must be underwritten with Desktop Underwriter® (DU®).

 

For more info please click here: FAQs

 

 

3% Down Mortgages from Freddie Mac Announced!

3% Down Mortgages from Freddie Mac have been announced!

From Freddie Mac Blog

December 8, 2014

3% Down Mortgages

3% Down Mortgages

Today Freddie Mac launched Home Possible AdvantageSM, a new affordable mortgage with a down payment option as low as 3%. Here are the answers to your top questions:

Who is this mortgage for?
The Home Possible Advantage mortgage is for low and moderate-income borrowers with limited savings, including first-time homebuyers.

What do I need to qualify for it?
Generally, you need to meet minimum credit requirements, earn no more than 100% of your area median income and have the funds to meet the down payment requirements and closing costs. First-time homebuyers must participate in an acceptable borrower education program, like Freddie Mac’s CreditSmart.

Can I use gift funds as my down payment?
Yes, the 3% down payment can come from a number of sources, including personal funds, gift funds, grantsand affordable second mortgages.

Will I have to pay private mortgage insurance (PMI) on Home Possible Advantage mortgage? How much will this add to my payment? 
Yes, like all conventional, conforming mortgages backed by Freddie Mac, loans without at least a 20% down payment require some form of credit enhancement or insurance, usually in the form of PMI. This serves as an added insurance policy that protects the lender/investor if you are unable to pay your mortgage.

The cost of PMI varies based on your loan-to-value ratio – the amount you owe on your mortgage compared to its value – and credit score, but you can expect to pay between $40 and $80 per month for every $100,000 borrowed.  And, once you’ve built equity of at least 20% in your home, making the amount you owe on your mortgage 80% or less of its value, you can cancel your PMI and remove that added expense from your monthly payment.

Can I use it to refinance my current mortgage?
Yes, Home Possible Advantage mortgages can be used for a “no cash out” refinance of an existing mortgage. It’s available in 15-, 20-, and 30-year fixed-rate terms.

Why is Home Possible Advantage different than the low down payment mortgages of the past?
The keys to responsible lending are responsible underwriting and product design, and we designed Home Possible Advantage with the appropriate credit underwriting requirements for today’s market. Home Possible Advantage has tougher credit standards than low down payment mortgages of the past, including lower DTI ratios, fixed-rate terms and requires full documentation, owner-occupation and housing counseling.

Where can I get more information on Home Possible Advantage?
Visit freddiemac.com or talk to a lender or a housing counselor about your options.

What other options are available to me if I don’t qualify for a Home Possible Advantage mortgage?
You have a number of choices even if you don’t have a 20% down payment – a growing number of today’s buyers are putting down between 5 and 10%. Sure, you’ll have to pay PMI, but it means you’ll be able to take advantage of today’s historically low mortgage rates and affordable home prices in many parts of the country. Talk to a lender today.

What advice do you have for homebuyers in today’s market?
Do your homework. Understand how much you can afford and what to expect during the mortgage process.

See the Original blog link for 3% Mortgages from Freddie Mac here.

Home Thermostats Recall due to Fire Hazard!

Home Thermostats Recall due to Fire Hazard!

Please check your thermostat to be sure yours is ok after this Home Thermostats Recall from White-Rodgers.

From Consumer Product Safety Commission

Consumers should check thermostats for battery icon on the left side of the blue lighted screen, if the battery icon is not shown, contact White-Rodgers to receive a free repair or a replacement thermostat.

Thermostat recall

Affected products

White-Rodgers 1F8x-04xx digital thermostats

Product description

This recall involves four models of White-Rodgers digital thermostats. The thermostats are white with blue lighted screens and have one of the following names printed on the front of them:  “COMFORTSENTRY,” “DICO,” “Emerson,” “Frigidaire,” “Maytag,” “Nutone,” “Partners Choice,” “Rheem,” “Ruud,” “Unico,” “Water Furnace,” “Westinghouse,” “White-Rodgers” or “Zonefirst.” The thermostats have a battery door on the top left corner. There are three or four buttons to the right and also below the thermostat screen.

Recalled thermostats do not show a battery icon on the left side of the screen and includes models 1F80-04xx, 1F83-04xx, 1F85-04xx and 1F86-04xx. The model numbers for the affected thermostats are shown on a sticker on the back of the thermostat or on the thermostat mounting plate.  However, the battery door location and buttons allow the thermostats to be identified without having to remove the thermostat to check the model number sticker.

Hazard identified

The alkaline batteries used in the thermostat can leak onto the circuit board posing a fire hazard.

White-Rodgers has received seven reports (four of which were in Canada) of burn damage to the thermostat, including two (one of which was in Canada) involving minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Health Canada has received one consumer incident report of batteries damaging the thermostat. No injuries were reported.

Number sold

Approximately 403,000 were sold in Canada and about 740,000 were sold in the United States.

Time period sold

The recalled thermostats were sold from January 2006 through December 2013 in Canada and the United States.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.

Companies

Manufacturer
Jabil Circuits
CHINA
Distributor
White-Rodgers, a division of Emerson Climate Technologies
St. Louis
Missouri
UNITED STATES

Images:

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What you should do

Consumers should check thermostats for battery icon on the left side of the blue lighted screen, if the battery icon is not shown, contact White-Rodgers to receive a free repair or a replacement thermostat.

For more information, consumers can call White-Rodgers toll-free at 1-888-624-1901 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the Emerson White Technologies’ website and click on “White-Rodgers 1F8x-04xx Thermostat Recall” for more information.

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission’s website.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.


 

 

In addition to this home thermostats recall concern, just last week a Dove Canyon home caught fire in the garage and the homeowners made it out safely but not before Spreading to two-bedrooms above the garage. You can read about it here.  Firefighters state that the homeowners could have been warned earlier if they had a smoke detector in the garage. Just another safety precaution to consider.

 

 

Mortgage Rates Fall Again

Freddie Mac: Mortgage Rates Fall to 4.27 Percent

From DSNEWS.com

Author: Tory Barringer April 17, 2014

Average fixed mortgage rates declined for the second straight week, bringing them to a six-week low—and easing affordability conditions slightly as the homebuying season gets under way.

Per Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the 30-year fixed rate mortgage (FRM) this week averaged a rate of 4.27 percent (0.7 point), down from 4.34 percent last week. A year ago, the 30-year FRM sat at 3.41 percent.

At the same time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.33 percent (0.6 point), down from an average 3.38 percent.

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Mortgage Rates Fall Again

Frank Nothaft, VP and chief economist for Freddie Mac, said the latest decline fits with a disappointing—though not dismal—construction report showing homebuilding rising at a rate of 2.8 percent in March.

“Also, permits fell 2.4 percent in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 990,000, which followed a slight downward revision of 4,000 permits in February,” Nothaft said.

Numbers were mixed in adjustable rates. According to Freddie Mac, the 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.03 percent (0.5 point), down from 3.09 percent in the prior week, while the 1-year ARM averaged 2.44 percent, up a few basis points.

Bankrate.com also saw a drop in its weekly national survey, recording the 30-year fixed at 4.43 percent and the 15-year fixed at 3.48 percent.

“Mortgage rates dropped for the second week in a row amid mixed economic news abroad and in the United States,” said Polyana da Costa, senior mortgage analyst for the finance site. “Despite some recent economic news, the United States is still perceived by investors as one of the safest places to park their money.”