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Time To Be Concerned About Housing and Rates?

Time To Be Concerned About Housing and Rates?

In the natural world and financial markets alike, September is a month of transition. This particular September holds some risks for the recently strong performance in mortgage rates. Meanwhile home sales numbers are increasingly sluggish.  Both are threats that should be taken seriously, but it's too soon to be overly concerned.
Fed Week Rate Volatility Had Nothing to do With The Fed

Fed Week Rate Volatility Had Nothing to do With The Fed

As far as the economic calendar suggested, the week's big to-do was Wednesday's Fed announcement.  But the biggest market movement arrived a day before, and didn't line up with any conventional motivation.  Even seasoned analysts agreed it was a relative "mystery move" that took rates to the highest levels in roughly 2 weeks. 
Housing Reform, Interest Rate Drama, and a Seller's Market

Housing Reform, Interest Rate Drama, and a Seller's Market

There was an unusual mix of developments affecting housing and mortgage markets this week. Housing finance reform was in the news, but not in the usual ways. Rates shot higher, but not for the usual reasons. And an industry report continues pointing toward a seller's market, but one of the usual side effects is still nowhere to be found.