Market Update - October 27, 2023

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 Optimal Blue. Rates are updated in real-time. Optimal Blue data is calculated using actual locked rates with consumers across 42% of all mortgage transactions nationwide. Rates are inclusive of locks that occur below par, at par and therefore consider discounts and rebates.

Market Commentary:

For the week of Oct 20th – Oct 26th, 30-year and 15-year interest rates increased.

Mortgage rates are up only a few basis points compared to where they were last week. That said, rates are expected to fall throughout the next couple of years, but it could take a while before we see a substantial improvement in affordability. In their latest forecast, Fannie Mae researchers predicted that rates would drop to 6.7% by the end of 2024.

Housing Market Predictions for Winter 2023

  • Home prices and mortgage rates are both expected to remain high this winter, keeping the market challenging for buyers.

  • The housing shortage may improve slightly, but overall, the lack of inventory is expected to persist.

  • Even so, experts say if you are financially prepared for a home purchase, don't let the market conditions stop you.

  • The median price of new houses sold was $418,800, while the average sales price was $503,900, as opposed to $477,700 and $530,100 respectively a year ago. At the end of September, there were 435K houses remaining for sale, equivalent to a 6.9-month supply at the current sales rate.

Fed Watch: Looking ahead, all eyes are now on the upcoming November 1st Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. According to the CME Group, 1.8% of forecasters predict an increase in interest rates, while 98.2% predict rates will remain the same. None of the forecasters expect rates to decrease.

Quick Look Back - Market Update Weekly Calendar - 10_26_2023

Market Review:

Per Black Knight's Production Metrics, the breakdown of mortgage production volume is as follows: 86.14% for purchase transactions, 11.69% for cash-out refinances, and 2.17% for rate and term refinances.


Per Black Knight 51.88% of all Retail loan production were Government Loans (FHA, VA, USDA), while 48.22% were Conventional and Non-Conforming loans.

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