Weekly Mortgage Market Update for February 16 2018

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For the Week Ending February 16, 2018


Please enjoy this quick update on what happened this week in the housing and financial markets.




Consumer prices rose more than expected in January, fueling fears that inflation is moving higher. Rising inflation will continue to pressure mortgage rates higher.

The labor market is still showing strength, with jobless claims remaining below the 300,000 threshold. Wages are also showing signs of increasing.

Rising inflation and the strong labor market have economists thinking the Fed may actually raise policy rates 4 times this year instead of 3.


Higher rates are affecting mortgage applications, which were down 4.1% overall last week. Purchase applications were still 4% higher than last year though.

Two-thirds of home buyers said they searched 3+ months before going under contract. Twenty-seven percent said they were outbid by another buyer.

In a recent survey, only 6% of home shoppers said they would stop their current home search if mortgage rates were to rise above 5%. Not too bad.


My wife called me lazy and said I'd better have something planned for Valentine's Day. I said, "Yes, I was thinking of taking the Christmas decorations down."


Rate movements and volatility are based on published, aggregate national averages and measured from the previous to the most recent midweek daily reporting period. These rate trends candiffer from our own and are subject to change at any time.


Here is the Video version of this information: 

Rising inflation, rising rates, rising wages...how is that affecting home shoppers? Find out here:


Learn more about both in this week's Markets in a Minute:

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