Friday Market Recap: Housing Market Gains and Record GDP Growth

  • October 28, 2016

Mortgage rates steadily increased this week with a slight uptick from Monday to Friday’s rate.  We have gains to report across the board with increases in the Case-Shiller home price index, the National Association of Realtors’ pending homes sales index and the Gross Domestic Product. 

The Case-Shiller home price index continued to post gains with a 0.4% increase in August and a 5.1% year-over-year gain. Portland, Seattle, and Denver are seeing exceptional gains posting 11.7%, 11.4% and 8.8% y-o-y increases, respectively.  Rising home values encourage construction and stimulate the housing economy, so these healthy gains are a positive market indicator.

Driven by demand in the West and South, The National Association of Realtors’ pending home sales index increased 1.5% from September.  These gains put the index 2.4% higher than it was last year and forecasts sustained housing market growth. 

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew at its fastest rate since 2014, expanding at 2.9% from July to September.  The gains were bolstered by a spike in exports specifically soybeans after a light harvest in South America.  Consumer spending and imports also increased, but more modestly.  Economists predict solid growth to continue from October to December.

After a month of rising mortgage rates, it seems as though rates are settling down with steady numbers.  This week’s gain’s suggest a strengthened housing market and the GDP growth indicates a stronger national economy. 


Sources: Time, MarketWatchMarketWatch, MarketWatch, Bloomberg, Mortgage News Daily


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