February 28, 2012 by 3 Comments

This week is highlighted by a lot of economic reports that could potentially cause mortgage rates to rise.  This morning, three reports were released, and two of the reports were weaker than anticipated.  As a result, we will likely see mortgage rates stay flat or improve somewhat.

Durable Goods orders were shown to have declined by 4% in January, which is the largest decline in three years.  While this is worse than expected, it is important to realize that Durable Goods orders tend to be very volatile month-t0-month.  This report, while very weak, is not the end of the world.  The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index was also released this morning, and it showed that home prices in December fell by 4% from the previous year, and by 1.1% from November.  I believe that we are in for even more home price declines in the coming year in most markets.  I will have more on this later, but there is a massive amount of shadow inventory fed by foreclosures (and more foreclosures are on the way), and there is still a paucity of demand for homes.  Lastly, Consumer Confidence increased by more than anticipated in February.  Confidence is at a one year high, but I don’t know how long that is going to last if gas prices continue to spike.

These three negative reports should prevent rates from rising today.  Despite the reprieve, I still believe we could see rates rise gradually in the near future.  GDP is reported tomorrow, and there are a variety of economic reports due out on Thursday.  Favorable numbers could cause rates to rise.

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Mortgage Product Mortgage Rates APR
30 Year Fixed Conventional Mortgage 3.625% 3.741%
20 Year Fixed Conventional Mortgage 3.500% 3.661%
15 Year Fixed Conventional Mortgage 3.125% 3.331%
30 Year Fixed FHA Mortgage 3.625% 4.975%
15 Year Fixed Conforming Jumbo 3.500% 3.670%
30 Year Fixed Conforming Jumbo 4.375% 4.474%
5/1 Adjustable Rate Mortgage 2.375% 2.752%
5/1 Adjustable Rate Conforming Jumbo Mortgage 2.750% 2.711%

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Today’s News and Links:

WSJ: For the costliest homes, foreclosure comes slowly.

ProPublica: What do republican presidential candidates say on foreclosure crisis?  Not much.

BBC: S&P declares Greek “selective default” after bailout. I feel like the ratings agencies are the ultimate Monday Morning Quarterbacks.

Calculated Risk: Durable goods orders decline 4% in January.  This is down from a 2.3 percent gain the month before. This is the biggest decline in three years, but durable goods orders can be volatile month-to-month.

Felix Salmon: It’s time for OpenTable to think about diners. I, too, hate calling restaurants to make reservations.

Washington Post: The high cost of quitting Google. I am not particularly concerned about Google’s new privacy policy, but if I had to quit using their services it would be a nightmare.  My phone, email, everything is through Google.

Adam Levitin: Robosigning 2.0: coming to a foreclosure review near you.  As always, good stuff from the Professor.

Esquire via Longform.org: What do you think of Ted Williams now? This is generally recognized as one of the best Esquire articles of all time, along with Frank Sinatra Has a Cold.

Dave Dayen: Walker won’t contest signatures in Wisconsin, recall virtually assured. This recall election is going to define the term “bitterly contested.”

Bloomberg: U.S. home prices decline 4%, more than forecast.  Year-over-year losses of 4% in December.

Liz Goodwin: Fighting drugs and border violence at Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. I think I will be skipping this particular national park.

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