Last Week in Review:
Home prices continue to rise while geopolitical and trade war uncertainty eased.
Research firm CoreLogic reported that home prices, including distressed sales, rose 6.9 percent from April 2017 to April 2018, while there was a 1.2 percent gain from March to April of this year. Looking ahead, CoreLogic forecasts a 5.3 percent increase in home prices from April 2018 to April 2019.
CoreLogic Chief Economist Frank Nothaft noted that "new construction has failed to keep up with and meet new housing growth or replace existing inventory.
Also of note, there was good news from the labor sector, as weekly Initial Jobless Claims continue to hover near lows seen in the early 1970's.
Headlines from across the globe had an impact on the markets in recent days. However, the smoothing of the political turmoil in the Eurozone and easing trade issue woes lifted some of the uncertainty that had driven investors into the safer haven of the Bond market. Mortgage Bonds have been edging lower as a result. Investors may also be awaiting the upcoming Fed meeting June 12-13, as it has the potential to move the markets.Also of note, there was good news from the labor sector, as weekly Initial Jobless Claims continue to hover near lows seen in the early 1970's.
At this time, home loan rates remain historically attractive.