Mortgage News

The Markets in a Minute - November 18

November 18th, 2016

For the Week Ending November 18, 2016
 

 

 

Mortgage rates rose as markets prepare for expected economic growth and anticipated inflation under the Trump administration. Inflation can bring higher rates.
 
Fed Chair Janet Yellen's comments this week support the idea of a Fed policy rate hike in December. Economists almost unanimously agree a hike is coming.
 
Also supporting a possible Fed policy rate hike, the labor market continues to show strength, and consumer prices recorded their biggest increase in 6 months. 
 

New housing starts surged to a 9+-year high in October. Construction ramped up for both single-family and multifamily homes, jumping 25.5% since September.
 
Builders remain optimistic and are planning for a strong finish to the year for housing. Market confidence among builders is at the highest level in 10 years.
 
The October housing market showed the largest price increase in 10 months. The median home sale price increased 7% year-over-year, and inventory dropped 8%.

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 can differ from our own and are subject to change at any time.