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David Brown
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Real Estate Report

Median Home Prices Rise Again

According to the most recent Existing Home Sales report from the National Association of Realtors - In 2021, existing-home sales totaled 6.12 million – an increase of 8.5% from the prior year and the highest annual level since 2006.

At the end of December, the inventory of unsold existing homes fell to an all-time low of 910,000, which is equivalent to 1.8 months of the monthly sales pace, also an all-time low since January 1999.

The median existing-home price for all housing types in December was $358,000, up 15.8% from December 2020 ($309,200), as prices rose in each region. The South witnessed the highest pace of appreciation. This marks 118 straight months of year-over-year increases, the longest-running streak on record.

Properties typically remained on the market for 19 days in December, one day more than the 18 days seen in November, and down from 21 days in December 2020. Seventy-nine percent of homes sold in December 2021 were on the market for less than a month.

First-time buyers were responsible for 30% of sales in December, up from 26% in November and down from 31% in December 2020.

This Week's Mortgage Rate Summary

How Rates Move:

Conventional and Government (FHA and VA) lenders set their rates based on the pricing of Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS) which are traded in real time, all day in the bond market.  This means rates or loan fees (mortgage pricing) moves throughout the day, being affected by a variety of economic or political events.  When MBS pricing goes up, mortgage rates or pricing generally goes down.  When they fall, mortgage pricing goes up.  Tracking these securities real-time is critical.  For more information about the rate market, contact me directly.  I’m among few mortgage professionals who have access to live trading screens during market hours.

Rates Currently Trending: Neutral

Mortgage rates are moving sideways today. The MBS market worsened by -5 bps last week. This was not enough to increase mortgage rates or fees. The market experienced high volatility last week.

This Week's Rate Forecast: Higher

Three Things: These are the three areas that have the greatest ability to impact rates this week: 1) Central Banks, 2) Inflation and 3) GDP.

1) Central Banks: Wednesday is a very pivotal day as we get key interest rate decisions from the Bank of Canada and our own Federal Reserve. The bond market will be very focuses on the path of QE...will it end in February or March? QT...will they set the stage for balance sheet tightening after March? Rate hike(s)? Will they have a rate hike at this meeting or telegraph 3 or even 4 rate hikes for this year? The answers to these questions will have a dramatic impact on rates.

2) Inflation Nation: We get the Fed's preferred inflationary measure, PCE on Friday. Regardless of what the Fed does/says on Wednesday... the PCE report on Friday will cause bond traders to hedge towards more aggressive action from the Fed if the Core PCE comes in at 4.7% or above (estimates are for 4.8%).

3) GDP: We get the preliminary (will be revised several times) 4th QTR GDP data which is expected to be well above 5.0%. Bonds perform very poorly with GDP above 3.00%.

Treasury Sales: Here is this week's Treasury note auction schedule:

01/24 2 year note

01/25 5 year note

01/27 7 year note

This Week's Potential Volatility: High

This morning markets are staying in a holding pattern. Volatility is moderate as markets wait for Wednesday.

Bottom Line:

If you are looking for the risks and benefits of locking your interest rate in today or floating your loan rate, contact your mortgage professional to discuss it with them.

About David Brown

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