For the week beginning April 13, 2023, and ending on April 20, 2023, the 30 Year and 15 Year Conforming rates increased for the first time in over a month. On Friday, April 14th, 2023, retail sales disappointed, down by -1.0% compared to the -0.4% forecast. On Tuesday, April 18th, two key housing numbers were released: 1) the Housing Starts month-over-month change for March was down by -0.8% compared to the previous month, which was up 7.3% revised; 2) the Building Permits number for March was 1.413M vs. the previous month of 1.550M. On Thursday, April 20th, Jobless Claims increased from 239K the previous month to 245K. Existing Home Sales in March decreased from 4.58M to 4.44M.
For the upcoming week of April 20th, 2023, through April 27th, 2023, the key data releases will be on Tuesday, April 25th, which include Consumer Confidence for April, Case Shiller Home Price Index, FHFA Home Price Index, and new Home Sales for March. This will be followed by Thursday, April 27th, when GDP Advance Q1 data will be released, potentially determining the direction of interest rates. Based on data from the previous week, economists estimate that there is now an 86.0% chance of a 0.25% rate increase from the May Fed Meeting. Potentially positive for the last quarter of 2023, the SOFR futures market is forecasting a 0.5% decrease in interest rates.
Market in Review:
· Per Black Knights Production Metrics 84.23% of all Mortgage Volume for the week was Purchase transaction, followed by 13.49% Cash out and 2.29% rate and term refinance.
· For the week 57.61% of all Retail loans originated were Government Loans (FHA, VA), while 42.38% were Conventional and Non-Conforming loans.
News You Can Use:
· Existing Home Sales Slid 2.4%
· Inflation Cools as Builder Sentiment Rises
· And the Bottom Drops Out: LEI Digs Even Deeper
· Realtor.com Reports Weekly Active Inventory Up 49% YoY; New Listings Down 5% YoY
· Homebuyers have accepted 6% Mortgage rates as the new normal
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