What may impact mortgage rates the week of December 17, 2012


My apologies for not getting this information posted yesterday, as I try to on every “working” Monday. We had weather related issues and I’m glad to say, all is well now. 

This week, mortgage rates will be following the drama surrounding our financial “fiscal cliff”. If traders see optimism that we will avoid “going over the cliff”, you may see mortgage rates trend higher. 

Here are a few of the economic indicators scheduled to be released this week:

Monday, December 17: Empire State Index

Tuesday, December 18: NAHB’s Home Builder Confidence (this came in at the highest levels since 2006!)

Wednesday, December 19: Building Permits; Housing Starts

Thursday, December 20: Initial Jobless Claims; Gross Domestic Product (GDP); Existing Home Sales; Philadelphia Fed Index

Friday, December 21: Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE); Personal Income; Consumer Sentiment (UofM)

As someone who grew up in Renton, a suburb of Seattle, whenever I hear the phrase “Fiscal Cliff” I have an image an evil villian like, Boris S. Wart. Boris S. Wort was the second meanest man in the world and was a character on the J.P. Patches show that many of us watched growing up.


  1. I have 3 vacant lots in Sammamish that have received considerable interest this week, builders are gaining confidence indeed.

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