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Markets in a Minute | February 17, 2017

For the Week Ending February 17, 2017
 

Please enjoy this quick update on what happened this week in the housing and financial markets.

 

Consumer prices increased in January by the highest level since February 2013, signaling rising inflation. Inflation could pressure mortgage rates higher.
Jobless claims this week came in even lower than expected, signaling strength in the labor market. A strong labor market could encourage the Fed to raise rates.
In testimony to Congress, Fed Chair Janet Yellen commented that the Fed would be “unwise” to let the economy heat up too quickly and may raise rates soon.
January housing starts were down slightly. However, overall construction of single-family homes increased for the first time in 3 months.
Housing permits also increased in January, up 4.6%. The rise in permits means housing start numbers should improve, too.
Home builders remain confident about the 2017 housing market. A national survey shows confidence among builders at its highest since 2005.

 

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The waiter says, “What’s with the pause?”

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Rate movements and volatility are based on published, aggregate national averages and measured from the previous to the most recent midweek daily reporting period. These rate trends can differ from our own and are subject to change at any time.

Markets in a Minute | February 10, 2017

For the Week Ending February 10, 2017
 

Please enjoy this quick update on what happened this week in the housing and financial markets.

 

Gallup reports its Economic Confidence Index hit a new high in January, reaching its highest monthly average in 9 years.
The labor market continues to show strength, with jobless claims hitting a 43-year low this week and a strong showing for non-farm payrolls last week.
Despite the strong economy, inflation is still lagging. As long as inflation remains low, there’s less pressure for rates to rise.
The positive economic sentiment by Americans is trickling over to housing market attitudes. Over 29% of those surveyed said it was a good time to buy.
Also, over 69% of those surveyed by Fannie Mae said they were not concerned with losing their jobs. Forty-two percent expect home prices to continue rising.
It pays to shop in the snow. According to an analysis of roughly 50 million home sales between 2000 and 2016, February was the most affordable month to buy.

 

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Rate movements and volatility are based on published, aggregate national averages and measured from the previous to the most recent midweek daily reporting period. These rate trends can differ from our own and are subject to change at any time.