What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – October 15th, 2018

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Last week's economic reports included releases on inflation, consumer sentiment. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and new jobless claims were also released. Inflation and Consumer Sentiment Dip The Commerce Department reported slower growth in inflation for September. The Consumer Price Index for September showed a growth rate of 0.10 percent. Analysts projected a reading of 0.20 percent growth, which was based on August's reading of 0.20 percent. This was the sixth consecutive month-to-month increase in the inflation rate. Year-over-year, inflation has grown 2.30 percent as compared to the prior year-over-year rate of 2.70 percent. Analysts said that rising rents and…
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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – October 8th 2018

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Last week's economic reports included readings on construction spending and labor reports on public and private-sector job growth. The national unemployment rate was released along with weekly reports on mortgage rates and weekly jobless claims. Construction Spending dips in September, but Residential Construction Spending Rises Construction spending rose 0.10 percent in September, but residential construction spending fell 0.70 percent month-to-month. Construction spending was 4.10 percent higher year-over-year. January through August construction spending was 5.30 percent higher than for the same period in 2017. Analysts estimated a shortage of approximately four million homes; which accentuates demand and drives prices up. In recent…
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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – October 1st, 2018

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Last week's economic readings included reports on home prices, new and pending home sales and remarks released by the Federal Open Market Committee of the Federal Reserve. Weekly readings on average mortgage rates and first-time jobless claims were also released. Case-Shiller HPI: Home Price Growth Slows in July Home prices grew slower in July according to data released last week. Home prices rose at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 6.0 percent in July as compared to June's rate of 6.2 percent growth. Analysts cited increasing inventories of homes available, which typically increases competition and lowers asking prices. Would-be home buyers…
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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – September 24th, 2018

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Last week's economic releases included readings on the NAHB Housing Market Index, sales of pre-owned homes, and housing starts. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and first-time jobless claims were also released. NAHB: Home Builder Confidence in Market Conditions Holds Steady The National Association of Home Builders reported an index reading of 67 for September, which matched August's reading. Growing concerns over impacts of tariffs on building material costs have slowed builders' confidence in current and future market conditions. Components of the NAHB Housing Market Index include readings on current conditions, which gained one point to 74; builder confidence in market…
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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – September 17th, 2018

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Last week's economic news included readings on consumer credit, inflation and consumer sentiment. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and first-time jobless claims were also released. Fed Reports Consumer Credit Jumps in July The Federal Reserve reported that consumer credit rose from $9 billion in June to $17 billion in July. Analysts said a majority of consumer credit was issued for education loans and auto loans. June's reading was revised downward to $8.50 billion from the original reading of $10.2 billion. Credit card debt increased by 1.50 percent in July after declining by – 1.40 percent in June. Non-revolving consumer debt…
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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – September 10th, 2018

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Last week's economic news included readings on construction spending, along with public and private-sector jobs growth. The national unemployment rate, weekly reports on mortgage rates and new jobless claims were also released. Construction Spending Rises in July July construction spending ticked up to 0.10 percent from June's negative reading of -0.80 percent. Year-over-year, construction spending was 5.80 percent higher than for July 2017.Public-sector construction accounted for most of the growth and increased by 0.70 percent as private-sector construction projects decreased by -0.10 percent. Month-to-month spending readings can be volatile, but analysts said that construction spending for the first seven months…
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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – September 4th, 2018

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Last week's economic releases included readings from Case-Shiller on home prices, pending home sales and consumer sentiment. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and first-time jobless claims were also released. Case-Shiller: Home Price Growth, Pending Home Sales Dip Home price growth slowed in June according to Case-Shiller's national home price index. Home prices rose 0.30 percent from May and were 6.30 percent year-over-year as compared as compared to 6.40 percent. In May. Analysts have predicted stabilizing home prices for months and June's reading indicated that home prices may slow after surpassing inflation and wage growth in recent times. The 20-City Home Price…
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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – August 27th, 2018

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Last week's economic readings included reports on sales of new and previously-owned homes, and weekly reports on mortgage rates and first-time jobless claims. Sales of New and Pre-owned Homes Falter in July Home sales were lower in July, with new and pre-owned home sales falling short of projections and June sales. According to the Commerce Department, new homes sold at an annual rate of 627,000 sales as compared to 640,000 new home sales projected and a pace of 638,000 homes sold in June. Downward revisions for previous months contributed to a lower sales pace reported in July; but the average…
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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – August 20th, 2018

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Last week's economic reports included readings from the National Association of Home Builders and Commerce Department releases on Housing Starts and Building Permits issued. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and first-time jobless claims were released, along with a monthly report on consumer sentiment. NAHB: Home Builder Housing Market Index Drops 1 Point August's reading for the National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index dropped one point to 67. This was the lowest reading for home builder confidence in housing market conditions in 11 months. Analysts said that trade wars are causing concern among builders due to higher costs for…
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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – August 13th, 2018

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Last week's economic reports included readings on job openings and inflation along with weekly readings on mortgage rates and new jobless claims. Job Openings Hit Third Highest Reading on Record Job openings held steady at 6.70 million in June, which was the third highest reading since reporting started in 2000. Analysts said that the high number of job openings combined with low unemployment rates indicates healthy labor markets. Fewer jobs were available in transportation, utilities and warehousing, but jobs in education increased. Job quits remained at 2.20 percent for the fourth consecutive month. Quits are considered an indicator of worker…
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