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For the Week Ending July 14, 2017

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

Picture of Mortgage Rates April 21st Picture of Rate Volatility April 21
Job growth surged to 222,000 in June, and jobless claims were also down this week. Strong employment keeps the Fed on track to raise rates again this year.
The producer price index, a key gauge of inflation, was up 0.1% last month. Fed officials are closely watching inflation, which pressures mortgage rates higher.
In testimony to Congress this week, Fed Chair Janet Yellen shared that the Fed will gradually raise policy rates and reduce balance sheet holdings this year.
Home office remodels, master bedroom upgrades, and sunrooms recently topped the list of renovations that may not add value to a home when selling.
Mortgage applications for home purchases were down 3% last week, but remained 3% higher than a year ago. FHA applications were up 2.7% since 2016.
CoreLogic reports that the number of mortgages in some stage of delinquency continues to drop. April 2017 was 4.8%, versus 5.3% in April of 2016.
Last week I listed a maintenance free house. In the last 25 years, there hasn’t been any maintenance.
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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.



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