Home values and housing activity picked up across Southern communities, benefiting community banks in the region. But these trends are in large part due to the area's vibrant oil and gas industry and other economic indicators, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency claimed in a new report.
Mortgage applications continue to fall, dropping 2.5% from a week earlier, as the average contract interest rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage with a conforming loan limit rose to 4.80%, the highest rate since April 2011.
"In our view, as treasury rates continue to climb, companies exposed to mortgage banking will face challenges maintaining gain on sale revenues, particularly institutions benefiting from mostly refinance activity," said Matthew Kelley, an analyst with Sterne Agee.
One by one, they filed into the city council chambers. They took their seats and waited their turn, and once there weren’t any seats left, they moved to the seldom-used overflow seating. When the overflow seating filled, they moved to the civic center so they could watch the meeting on a closed-circuit feed..
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