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Weekly Mortgage Update: January 28th, 2018

January 29, 2018dillonBlog0

WEEKLY MORTGAGE UPDATE – JANUARY 28, 2018

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FIRST TEAM’S WEEKLY MORTGAGE WATCH (JANUARY 28TH, 2018) THIS WEEK HIGHLIGHTS THE FOLLOWING UPDATES:

  • Market momentum and positive economic news continue to press interest rates higher, with little relief on the horizon.
  • While the first GDP estimate for the final quarter of 2017 did come in at 2.6%, which was lower than expected, markets shrugged it off.
  • We still have two more estimates before the final reading, and other economic data point to upward revisions in the offing.
  • Inflation data in the GDP report also point to firming pressures that may push the Fed to more rate increases this year.
  • This week is jam-packed with economic news and data.
  • Changes in language are expected in the Fed’s policy statement that would push odds of a March rate hike to near 100%.
  • While chances of an increase this month are low, an unexpected hike by the Fed would certainly drive all interest rates even higher.
  • The ISM Manufacturing Index is expected to slip, but as long as the slip is less than 1.0 point, the impact will be muted.
  • Friday’s Employment report could easily send rates even higher if November’s new jobs number is adjusted upward and December’s comes in over 180,000.

ARE OLD BUILDINGS WORTH PROTECTING?

The January 10th demolition in Whitefish, MT of a building designed by architecture legend, Frank Lloyd Wright, highlights the tension between owners and preservationists. The tension often balances between the rights of owners, perceived historical value, potential market value of the land upon which the building sits, and the cost of maintaining or renovating. Unbeknownst to many, even a building on the National Register of Historic Places can be demolished.

Weekly Mortgage Update: 01/23/2018

January 24, 2018dillonBlog0

WEEKLY MORTGAGE UPDATE – JANUARY 23, 2018

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FIRST TEAM’S WEEKLY MORTGAGE WATCH (JANUARY 21ST, 2018) THIS WEEK HIGHLIGHTS THE FOLLOWING UPDATES:

  • Mortgage rates continue to move upward as the third-longest economic expansion on record powers along.
  • With global economies also growing, major interest rates are all trending upward.
  • Last week, average 30-year mortgage rates stepped over 4%.
  • The cold winter weather helped propel Industrial Production numbers higher than expected, and weekly jobless claims fell to a 45-year low.
  • Market sentiment remains on the positive side, with equities on a march to set new high after new high.
  • With the long-held axiom that markets hate uncertainty, one might believe that the government shutdown would hurt equities, drive more cash into the relative security of treasuries, and pull rates downward. However, it appears that markets have simply accepted that Washington is dysfunctional.
  • Should the week’s economic news prove to be positive, we are very likely to see rates continuing to step upward. This would be especially true if Congress can get a deal in place to fund and reopen the government, and especially true if the week ends with GDP coming in over 3.0%.

FORECLOSURE RATES ARE DOWN

Across the US, the foreclosure rate has been steadily heading downward. On a national basis, the foreclosure filings, which include default notices, scheduled auctions, and bank repossessions dropped to a 12-year low. In 2017, only 676,535 properties faced foreclosure, compared to almost 3 million in 2010.

Weekly Mortgage Update: January 14th, 2018′

January 17, 2018dillonBlog0

WEEKLY MORTGAGE UPDATE – JANUARY 14, 2018

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FIRST TEAM’S WEEKLY MORTGAGE WATCH (JANUARY 14TH, 2018) THIS WEEK HIGHLIGHTS THE FOLLOWING UPDATES:

  • Mortgage rates moved upward last week.
  • Economic news continues to point toward solid economic growth both here and abroad, with some signs that inflation may finally be taking hold.
  • Retail Sales grew 0.4%, right in alignment with expectations.
  • While both the Consumer and Producer Price Indices’ headline numbers were soft, the core readings revealed some increasing price pressures.
  • International news also pressured rates upward. The European Central Bank has tagged September as the end of their quantitative easing program, and Japan is showing signs of ending its long program of holding rates at zero.
  • Markets got a little spooked when news broke that China, the world’s largest investor in US treasuries, was considering trimming its purchases. Chinese officials denied the news.
  • This week would easily see rates continuing to march slowly upward, especially if we see Industrial Production numbers beat predictions.
  • Additionally, if weekly jobless claims drop back below 250K, easing labor market concerns, mortgage rates will feel even more pressure to climb higher.

SOCIETAL OCD KICKING IN THE KITCHEN

The 2018 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Survey revealed that the number one priority in the kitchen is storage. While we love our kitchen gadgets, tools, and appliances, clutter in the kitchen seems to be driving us crazy. The growth in sales of recycling baskets, cookie sheet organizers, revolving corner trays, drawer organizers, and pull-out or swing-out trays and shelves supports these results. Runners-up for kitchen priorities include easy-to-work in, entertain in, and clean.

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