Monday Movement Monday

Monday Movement Monday

Mortgage rates trended slightly upward last week, but still remain in a historically low range. The home builders’ sentiment index reached a record high for the third month in a row. Housing starts and building permits increased. Mortgage application submissions for new purchases dropped slightly, while refinance submissions rose. Jobless claims declined. Existing home sales increased for the fourth consecutive month.



  • Redfin CEO expects “absolutely insane” housing demand to last into 2021. Watch Now >>

  • FHA and FHFA extend forbearance policies. Read Now >>

  • Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac discuss the controversial refinance fee. Read Now >>

  • The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) housing market sentiment index reported a month-over-month increase of two points, reaching 85 in October.

  • In September, housing starts climbed at a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.42 million. Month-over-month housing starts rose 1.9%, while year-over-year they increased by 11%. Building permits climbed as well, reaching a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.55 million. This marked a 5% increase from the number of building permits in August, and an 8% rise from last year. Single-family housing starts were up 22% from last year, while multifamily starts were down 17%.

  • For the week ending 10/16, mortgage application submissions had a composite decrease of 0.6%. New purchase submissions dropped 2.0 % for the second week in a row, but refinance submissions increased by 0.2%.

  • For the week ending 10/17, initial jobless claims dropped to the lowest levels since the coronavirus pandemic began. For the first time since March, initial jobless claims dropped below 800,000 – hitting 787,000. For the week ending 10/10, continuing jobless claims sank to 8.37 million – a 1.02 million drop from the week before.

  • Existing home sales surged in September, with a 9.4% month-over-month increase. Reaching a seasonally adjusted level of 6.54 million, existing home sales were 21% higher than last year. More than 70% of the homes on the market in September were sold in less than one month.

This week's important economic reports include:
  • New homes sales

  • Case-Shiller home price index

  • Consumer confidence index

  • MBA application submissions

  • Gross domestic product

  • Jobless claims

  • Pending home sales index

  • Personal income

  • Consumer spending

  • Core inflation

  • Consumer sentiment index



Danny Caro
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Branch Manager | CMG Financial

11331 James Watt Drive Bldg F200 | El Paso, TX 79936

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