Market Update - September 15, 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.
For the week of Sept 8th – Sept 14th, 30-year and 15-year interest rates dropped over the previous week. Rates should remain within a tight range as the market seeks guidance and direction from the Federal Reserve. Next week’s FOMC meeting should start this process. Both September and November’s FOMC meetings should provide a road map for the direction of rates for the remainder of 2023 and Q1 of 2024, assuming there are no other outside influences.
Mortgage Rates Forecast for Q1 and Q2 2024, as of September 2023:
Fed Watch: Looking ahead, all eyes are on the upcoming September 20th Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. According to the CME Group, 3% of forecasters predict an increase in interest rates, while 97% predict rates will remain the same. None of the forecasters expect rates to decrease.
Per Black Knight's Production Metrics, the breakdown of mortgage production volume is as follows: 84.12% for purchase transactions, 13.51% for cash-out refinances, and 2.37% for rate and term refinances.
News You Can Use
- The Fed will skip rate hikes in September and November, says Santander’s Stephen Stanley
- Retail Sales Increased 0.6% in August
- August CPI Forecast to Show More Good News on Inflation, Higher Gas Prices Aside
- Goldman Sachs CEO says US economic outlook uncertain despite soft landing prospects
- Household Real Estate Value Jumps in the Second Quarter
- Fed will start cutting interest rates in 2024 now that the ‘tightening cycle has run its course,’ economists say
- Mortgage rates projected to trend down in 2024
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