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Mortgage Rates (8/17/09)

August 17th, 2009 10:09 PM by Lehel Szucs

Monday's bond market has opened in positive territory following early stock selling. The stock markets are following several international markets that posted losses during overnight trading. The Dow is currently down 188 points while the Nasdaq has fallen 51 points. This has helped push the bond market up 22/32 as investors seek safe-haven from falling stock prices. However, the impact on this morning's mortgage rates has been fairly minimal. We will likely see little change from Friday's morning rates due to volatility in trading late Friday.

There is no relevant economic data scheduled for release this morning. The rest of the week brings us the release of four reports that may influence mortgage rates, but only one of them is considered to be highly important. With no relevant auctions or speeches on tap, I suspect we will see much less movement in mortgage rates this week compared to the past couple of weeks.

There are two reports sched uled to be posted tomorrow morning. The first is July's Producer Price Index (PPI) that gives us an indication of inflation at the producer level of the economy. There are two readings in the report- the overall index and the core data reading. The core data is more important because it excludes more volatile food and energy prices that can change significantly from month to month. Current forecasts call for a decline of 0.2% in the overall and a 0.1% increase in the core data reading. A larger increase in the core data could push mortgage rates higher tomorrow morning. If it reveals weaker than expected readings, we may see mortgage rates improve as a result.

The second report of the day is July's Housing Starts data. This report gives us an indication of housing sector strength and mortgage credit demand. However, it isn't considered to be of high importance to the bond market or mortgage pricing and usually doesn't cause much movement in mortgage rates unless it varies greatly from forecasts. It is the least important of the week's reports and is expected to show an increase in construction starts of new homes. The lower the number of starts the better the news for bonds as it would indicate a weaker than expected housing sector.

Overall, look for tomorrow to be the busiest day of the week due to the PPI being released. The rest of the week will likely be influenced more by stock prices than anything else, which may be quite volatile. Therefore, keep an eye on the markets and maintain contact with your mortgage professional if you have not locked an interest rate yet.

If I were considering financing/refinancing a home, I would.... Lock if my closing was taking place within 7 days... Lock if my closing was taking place between 8 and 20 days... Float if my closing was taking place between 21 and 60 days... Float if my closing was taking place over 60 days from now... This is only my opinion of what I would do if I were financing a home. It is only an opinion and cannot be guaranteed to be in the best interest of all/any other borrowers.


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Posted by Lehel Szucs on August 17th, 2009 10:09 PM

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