This week is packed with economic indicators that may impact the direction of mortgage interest rates. Mortgage rates have been slowly inching higher since the end of last year. Rates are still very low and you can still get a 30 year in the 3′s – the rate just cost more than it did a month ago.
Here are a few of the economic indicators scheduled to be released this week:
Tuesday, February 26: S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, New Home Sales and Consumer Confidence
Wednesday, February 27: Durable Goods Orders and Pending Home Sales
Thursday, February 28: Initial Jobless Claims, GDP – Gross Domestic Product and Chicago PMI
Friday, March 1: Personal Consumption Expenditures and Core PCE, ISM Index and Consumer Sentiment Index (UoM)
Tomorrow, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke will be in front of Congress to begin his two day testimony on monetary policy. In addition, $85 billion in automatic budget cuts are set to go into effect on Friday unless Congress takes action.
Remember, mortgage rates are based on mortgage backed securities (bonds) and when stocks are performing, mortgage rates tend to rise. This is because investors will trade the safety of bonds for the possible higher return available from stocks.
If I can help you with your refinance or home purchase on property located anywhere in Washington state, please contact me.