Talking Points

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Weekend Talking Points - ‘Bummer'

June 28, 2024
In most cities across the nation, home prices continue to rise — despite high mortgage rates. That’s a tough combination for buyers, leading to lower transaction volumes.
John Smith
5 min read

Weekend Talking Points - ‘Persistent’

June 21, 2024
Inflation continued to trend lower and retail sales were flat in May. Excluding the “blowout” May jobs number from the BLS, recent data releases have been noticeably softer.
John Smith
5 min read

Weekend Talking Points - 'Pressure'

June 14, 2024
After taking a short break, we’re catching you up on two weeks of real estate news. With so much to cover, we’ve broken it up into themes.
John Smith
5 min read

Weekend Talking Points - 'Unspring'

May 24, 2024
Average mortgage rates moved up nearly half a percent in April, which hurt home sales. But rates have fallen since then thanks to cooler inflation, employment and retail sales figures. Will this be enough to put the groove back in spring sales?
John Smith
5 min read

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

Weekend Talking Points - 'Don't Mess With'

April 26, 2024
A very odd week, with solid new and pending home sales figures, but a “sneak peek” at Friday’s PCE that spooked the bond market even as the economy cooled.
John Smith
5 min read

Weekend Talking Points - 'Budding'

April 19, 2024
Another rough week for buyers, as mortgage rates approached 7.5% in response to a blistering retail sales figure and Jerome Powell’s crisis of (inflation) confidence.
John Smith
5 min read

Weekend Talking Points - '1-2 Punch'

April 12, 2024
It was a rough week for would-be buyers, as two of the most important economic data points (BLS jobs report and CPI inflation) both came in hotter than expected.
John Smith
5 min read

Weekend Talking Points - 'Sunshine'

April 5, 2024
Will stubbornly high mortgage rates hurt the spring selling season for the second-straight year? Not necessarily.
John Smith
5 min read

Weekend Talking Points - 'Momentum'

March 29, 2024
A quiet week for news saw mortgage rates drift lower, while existing home sales delivered a big beat relative to expectations. PCE will be out this morning, but the bond markets are closed until Monday.
John Smith
5 min read