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Mortgage Market News

This succinct analysis of the previous week’s news shows what’s happening in the markets and why.
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More Reports Show Rising Home Prices

May 13, 2024
Strong home price appreciation demonstrates the opportunity that remains in the housing market, while unemployment claims saw a breakout. Plus, what might be ahead for consumer spending?
John Smith
5 min read

Fed Holds Rates Steady, Labor Sector Softens

May 6, 2024
The Fed once again held rates steady, labor sector data showed signs of softening, and there’s more evidence of rising home values across the country.
John Smith
5 min read

Inflation Progress Slows, Home Sales Beat Estimates

April 29, 2024
The progress lower on inflation remains stalled, while signed contracts on both new and existing homes rebounded in March.
John Smith
5 min read

Talking Points

Views on all the real estate news from the past week, deep dives on trending topics, a bit of inspiration, and more.
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Weekend Talking Points - '3 in a Row'

May 17, 2024
A string of bond-friendly data releases (BLS jobs, retail sales, CPI inflation) propelled average 30-yr mortgage rates back below 7%.
John Smith
5 min read

Weekend Talking Points - 'FAQs'

May 10, 2024
Job growth was slower than expected in April. The national inventory of homes for sale continues to rise, but prices keep surprising to the upside.
John Smith
5 min read

Weekend Talking Points - 'Concentrate'

May 3, 2024
The Case-Shiller (+0.4% MoM) and FHFA (+1.2% MoM) home price indices showed renewed home price appreciation in March, but the lack of recent progress on inflation kept the Fed on hold — again.
John Smith
5 min read

MBS Highway Housing Index

Real-time updates on homebuyer activity, pricing pressure and sales pace both regionally and nationally.
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April 2024 MBS Highway Housing Index

April 9, 2024
The MBS Highway National Housing Index rose 3 points in April 2024, resuming its upward trajectory after a brief pause in March.
John Smith
5 min read

March 2024 MBS Highway Housing Index

March 12, 2024
The strong, upward trajectory the MBS Highway National Housing Index experienced over the prior three months paused in March 2024, as mortgage rates reversed course and moved back above 7%. There was significant regional variation, however.
John Smith
5 min read

February 2024 MBS Highway Housing Index

February 13, 2024
February 2024 witnessed a massive increase in the MBS Highway National Housing Index, which rose 13 points to 55 (from 42 in January 2024). This was driven primarily by a 16 point jump in the Buyer Activity sub-index (from 33 → 49). While part of this increase is normal seasonality, there is little doubt that buyers have been reenergized by lower mortgage rates, slightly higher inventory, and the prospect of Fed rate cuts ahead.
John Smith
5 min read

Visionary Voices

This in-depth analysis by our team of experts on crucial topics like inflation, the Fed and economic data will help you address your clients’ biggest questions and concerns.
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The Opportunity in Homeownership

April 24, 2024
Find out what the latest home builder confidence and new construction data suggest about the opportunity in homeownership.
John Smith
5 min read

Why Inflation Is Stuck in a Moment

April 10, 2024
Inflation has improved significantly after peaking in 2022, though the progress lower has been slowing. A key question remains: When will the Fed think inflation is low enough for them to start cutting the Fed Funds Rate later this year?
John Smith
5 min read

The Difference Between the Median Home Price and Appreciation

April 2, 2024
Many people are confused about what’s really happening with home prices here in the U.S. That's because there’s a difference between real appreciation and the metric that the media often discusses, which is the median home price.
John Smith
5 min read

Product Updates

Enhancements we’re making to help industry professionals better serve their clients.
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Product Update Alert: Cost of Waiting

February 6, 2024
Our updated Cost of Waiting tool helps our subscribers demonstrate how delaying a purchase for even a year or two could cost buyers thousands in appreciation, amortization, equity and more.
John Smith
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Product Update Alert: Debt Consolidation

January 26, 2024
Our newly enhanced Debt Consolidation tool helps your clients achieve their financial goals and gain a better position to build wealth for their family.
John Smith
5 min read

Product Update Alert: Bid Over Asking Price

December 5, 2023
Expand your toolkit with MBS Highway’s Loan Advisor add-on and gain access to essential tools, including our recently enhanced Bid Over Asking Price tool!
John Smith
5 min read