Mortgage Update – October 18, 2016

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


    Metro Atlanta residential real estate closings were up 8.7% for the first nine months of this year compared to 2015.


    The average Metro Atlanta sales price is up 4.9% over last year and on track to beat the record level of 2006.


    Metro Atlanta home values are now up 60% from the March 2012 bottom. (Case-Shiller Index)


    After two months of declines, Retail Sales, minus the volatile auto component, rebounded nicely in September and were up .5% from August.


    The Retail Sales figures are very important as consumer spending accounts for nearly 70% of U.S. economic activity.


    The latest data on weekly jobless claims was also encouraging as the number of people applying for unemployment benefits matched the lowest level since 1973.



    After increasing the week before, mortgage rates saw little net change last week. There were no surprises in the Fed minutes or from other central banks. The major economic data mostly matched expectations and had little impact.


    Industrial Production is due out today, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) on Tuesday, Housing Starts on Wednesday, and Existing Home Sales on Thursday. The next European Central Bank (ECB) meeting will also take place on Thursday. Any guidance on future monetary policy could have an impact on global markets.


    Jim Scheu
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    Senior Loan Officer
    Shelter Lending Services
    5780 Windward Pkwy, Suite 100
    Alpharetta, GA 30005
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