Mortgage Update – July 19, 2016

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


    With bond yields dropping so low, investors decided last week that stocks were more attractive than bonds and drove the Dow stock market index to a record high.


    As a result, mortgage rates have pushed back up to roughly the same level where they were at the time of the June 23 Brexit vote.


    Most investors now think that there will not be another Fed rate hike in 2016.


    After a slow start to the year, retail sales posted a fourth straight month of solid gains in June.


    The current homeownership rate is 63.5%, the lowest in 22 years and nearing the all-time low of 63% recorded in 1965, when Census first started tracking the statistic.


    The peak was 69% in 2003 but Freddie Mac now wonders if the homeownership rate can fall below 50%?



    Investors showed a preference for stocks over bonds last week with economic data having little impact. As a result, mortgage rates ended the week a little higher.


    The NAHB Housing Confidence Index is due out on Monday, Housing Starts on Tuesday, and Existing Home Sales and the Philly Fed Regional Manufacturing Index on Thursday. There will also be a European Central Bank meeting on Thursday which could influence U.S. mortgage rates as well.


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