|For the week of January 23, 2016 – Vol. 5 Issue 4|
>> Market Update
BULLETIN… HUD announced that the Mortgage Insurance Premium reduction for loans with Closing/Disbursement date on or after January 27, 2017, has been suspended indefinitely. FHA will issue a subsequent announcement at a later date should the policy change.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK… “A developer who is not optimistic shouldn’t be a developer.” –Harry Triguboff, Australian residential developer
INFO THAT HITS US WHERE WE LIVE… Last week saw plenty of evidence that U.S. residential developers and builders are getting very optimistic. Housing Starts shot up 11.3% in December, reaching a 1.226 million unit annual rate. Yes, this month’s bump all came from the multifamily side, but single family starts remain positive, up 3.9% the past year. And get this. Single family building permits are up 10.7% over a year ago, at their highest level since 2007, showing a continuing uptrend. Multifamily building permits are down 15.1% from a year ago, evidence of the shift to single family starts after multifamily construction peaked in 2015.
The optimism reflected in the starts and permits reports got further support from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The NAHB builders confidence index hit an impressive 67 in January, just below its December reading, the highest in 11 years. Analysts say both builders and prospective home buyers are encouraged by the pickup in jobs and wage growth and by optimism (at least for now) that more market-friendly policies will be coming out of Washington. December’s University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment report saw its Current Economic Conditions index at the highest point since 2004. Nice to see things looking up.
BUSINESS TIP OF THE WEEK… Technology provides convenient channels for connecting with clients and prospects. But an app can’t provide the skills, knowledge and experience you can convey in a personal interaction.
>> Review of Last Week
INAUGURAL BALL… At noon on Friday Donald Trump took the oath of office as the 45th President of our country and Wall Street held its own inaugural celebration. Stocks ended the day near session highs, with the Dow, S&P 500 and the Nasdaq all ahead. Equities had been trading in a fairly narrow range, so all three major indexes finished the week down a tad, but they remain in positive territory for the year. Investor optimism stems from the President’s campaign promises to lower taxes, reduce regulation and boost infrastructure spending, all good for business, and especially for smaller companies, who create around two thirds of the nation’s new jobs.
The week ended with the Dow down 0.3%, to 19827; the S&P 500 down 0.1%, to 2271; and the Nasdaq down 0.3%, to 5555.
U.S. Treasuries enjoyed small gains on Friday, but many bonds ended the week lower. The 30YR FNMA 4.0% bond we watch finished the week down .29, at $104.77. In Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey for the week ending January 19, national average 30-year fixed mortgage rates dropped for the third week in a row despite the bump in bond yields after the CPI showed hotter inflation. Remember, mortgage rates can be extremely volatile, so check with your mortgage professional for up-to-the-minute information.
DID YOU KNOW?… Research reveals that among millennials, 76% prefer texting to talking, 63% say it’s less disruptive than voice calling, 19% never check voicemail, and 75% could live without a call function on their phones if they could still text!
>> This Week’s Forecast
EXISTING AND NEW HOME SALES, Q4 ECONOMIC GROWTH ALL SLIDE… The December reports for Existing Home Sales and New Home Sales are both expected to be down for the month. But sales of existing homes should still be above 5.5 million and new homes just under 600,000. The GDP-Advanced Q4 reading of the economy is forecast to show last year closing at a still slow 2.2% growth rate.
>> The Week’s Economic Indicator Calendar
Weaker than expected economic data tends to send bond prices up and interest rates down, while positive data points to lower bond prices and rising loan rates.
Economic Calendar for the Week of Jan 23 – Jan 27
>> Federal Reserve Watch
Forecasting Federal Reserve policy changes in coming months… A few more economists think the Fed may hike before June, but the majority still sees rates remaining where they are. Note: In the lower chart, a 5% probability of change is a 95% certainty the rate will stay the same.
Current Fed Funds Rate: 0.5%-0.75%
Probability of change from current policy:
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