Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Wednesday: Housing Starts

by Bill McBride on 1/20/2015 07:38:00 PM

From Mortgage News Daily: Mortgage Rates Mixed to Begin Volatile Week

Mortgage rates were truly mixed today, with some lenders improving while others moved higher. More than a few were unchanged or close to it. All this despite the fact that broader interest rate benchmarks like 10yr US Treasuries were unequivocally in stronger territory.
The net effect of this mixed underperformance is that the most prevalent conforming, 30yr fixed rate quote remains 3.625%.
• At 7:00 AM ET, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) will release the results for the mortgage purchase applications index.

• At 8:30 AM, Housing Starts for December. Total housing starts were at 1.028 million (SAAR) in November. Single family starts were at 677 thousand SAAR in November. The consensus is for total housing starts to increase to 1.040 million (SAAR) in December.

• During the day: The AIA's Architecture Billings Index for December (a leading indicator for commercial real estate).