Mortgage Update – August 2, 2016

    The Six Most Important Things You Need to Know From the Mortgage World this Week.


    The Federal Reserve elected to leave short-term interest rates unchanged at last week’s meeting.


    The Fed report was less upbeat than expected but recognized strength and growth in both the labor market and consumer spending.


    Consumer spending was higher than expected in the second quarter, but business investment and the overall GDP both lower than expected.


    Housing remains strong. June New Home Sales were the best in about eight years and Pending Home Sales also showed a small increase.


    First-time home buyers now account for 33% of existing home sales, the highest percentage since July 2012.


    Housing has been a lead driver of economic growth for the last five years and could easily remain in the driver’s seat for the next five years!



    Mortgage rates fell last week mostly due to a lackluster Fed report and disappointing GDP data (third straight quarter of growth below 2.0%).


    The ISM National Manufacturing Index is due out on Monday, Core PCE Price Index on Tuesday, ISM National Services Index on Wednesday, and Employment figures on Friday.


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