For the Week Ending September 1, 2017

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

The GDP grew by 3.0% in the 2nd quarter, higher than estimates of 2.7%. The improving economy could support a Fed rate hike later in the year.
Despite the GDP growth, a strong labor market and rising home prices, inflation continues to stagnate. This lack of inflation could help keep mortgage rates low.
Consumers are showing the 2nd-highest level of confidence in the economy since 2000, according to survey responses through August 16th.
Existing home sales unexpectedly fell in July, hitting their lowest monthly level of the year. However, home sales were still up 2.1% from the previous year. 
Lack of properties for sale is blamed for the low numbers. Inventory is now down 9.0%, declining for the 26th consecutive month on a year-over-year basis.
Strong demand coupled with tight inventory continues to drive up home prices though. The median house price was $258,300, a 6.2% increase year-over-year.

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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