Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Wednesday: Existing Home Sales, FOMC Minutes

by Bill McBride on 2/21/2017 07:09:00 PM

From Matthew Graham at Mortgage News Daily: Mortgage Rates Inch Higher Ahead of Fed Minutes

Mortgage rates were just slightly higher today, leaving them roughly in the center of a range that's persisted since mid-November. During that time the average top-tier conventional 30yr fixed rate has been briefly as high as 4.5% and as low as 4.0%. Those are the exceptions. The range has predominantly been a narrower 4.125-4.375%. The average lender is quoting 4.25% today, though there are a few offering 4.125%.
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• At 7:00 AM ET, The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) will release the results for the mortgage purchase applications index.

• At 10:00 AM, Existing Home Sales for January from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The consensus is for 5.55 million SAAR, up from 5.49 million in December. Housing economist Tom Lawler expects the NAR to report sales of 5.60 million SAAR in January.

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

• At 2:00 PM, FOMC Minutes for the Meeting of January 31-February 1, 2017