Market Update - February 2, 2024

This Market Update is written by our Capital Market specialists each week to bring you insight into what's happening in the market and how it may affect mortgage rates and real estate trends.

Rates are provided by Housing Wire in conjunction with Polly. Rates are updated in real-time. Polly data is calculated using actual locked rates. Rates are inclusive of locks that occur below par, at par and therefore consider discounts and rebates.

Market Commentary:

For the week of Jan 26th – Feb 1st, 30-year and 15-year interest rates remained steady.

While rates remain elevated, the Fed recently signaled that it will begin to cut rates in 2024, indicating a further downward shift in mortgage rates may soon come. With the 30-year rate seeming stable for now, borrowers have begun to resurface. “The combination of strong consumer demand and somewhat lower mortgage rates should support a more robust spring housing market this year,” says Mike Fratantoni, chief economist of the Mortgage Bankers Association.

The U.S. economy has been solid over the past year. Economic activity was robust, unemployment remained under 4%, and inflation trended down. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said Wednesday that the expectation is there's more disinflation to come. “This is a good situation. Let's be honest, this is a good economy,” he said. While inflation is still above target, Powell acknowledged that the U.S. economy seems to be on track for achieving that goal. Right now, Powell said, the economy is shaping up to be a “good picture.”


Fed Watch:

Looking ahead, all eyes are now on the upcoming March 20th, Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. According to the CME Group, 0.00% of forecasters predict an increase in interest rates, while 64.5% predict rates will remain the same. 35.5% of forecasters expect rates to decrease.

Quick Look Back - Market Update Weekly Calendar - 02_01_2024


Market Review:

Per Black Knight's Production Metrics, the breakdown of mortgage production volume is as follows: 72.15% for purchase transactions, 21.86% for cash-out refinances, and 5.99% for rate and term refinances.

Per Black Knight 66.54% of all Retail loan production were Government Loans (FHA, VA, USDA), while 33.46% were Conventional and Non-Conforming loans.

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