Mortgage Update – August 16, 2016

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


    Retail Sales have been very strong this year but were much lower than anticipated in July, despite strong car sales.


    Consumer spending accounts for about 70% of U.S. economic output, so the Retails Sales figure is critical to the economy.


    Retail Sales were one of the bright spots for the economy in the 2nd Quarter, so investors will be watching this very closely throughout the fall.


    Foreclosure inventory declined yet again in June to the lowest rate since August 2007 and are down 19% over a year ago.


    The median existing single-family home price increased in 83% of measured markets in the 2nd Quarter.


    Supply levels continue to hold back real estate sales. National listing inventory is hovering around 4.7 months.



    Slower economic growth reduces the outlook for future inflation, so the slow Retail Sales data was positive for mortgage rates.


    The Consumer Price Index and Housing Starts are due out on Tuesday. In addition, the minutes from the July 24th Fed Meeting will come out on Wednesday.


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