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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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Cooling Inflation and New Home Sales

July 1, 2024
Both inflation and new home sales moved lower in May. Meanwhile, home prices hit another all-time high.
John Smith
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Existing Home Sales, New Construction Slow

June 24, 2024
Both sales of existing homes and new construction were lower in May.
John Smith
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Inflation Cools, Fed Holds Rates Steady

June 17, 2024
The Fed once again held rates steady, while tamer than expected consumer and wholesale inflation for May was a welcome sign.
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 - ‘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

MBS Highway Housing Index

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

June 11, 2024
The MBS Highway National Housing Index dropped 5 points in June 2024 to 53. This was the second straight monthly decline during what is typically the high season for residential real estate. Stubbornly high (>7%) mortgage rates were to blame.
John Smith
5 min read

May 2024 MBS Highway Housing Index

May 14, 2024
The MBS Highway National Housing Index dropped 1 point in May 2024, as an over 50 basis point jump in mortgage rates during April negated the normal seasonal upswing in activity. Home prices, however, remained in expansion territory (above 50) in all regions.
John Smith
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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

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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Signs Consumer Spending May Be Hitting a Wall

May 10, 2024
Consumer spending has been strong, buoyed by pandemic savings from stimulus and credit. But there are now signs that this support may be coming to an end.
John Smith
5 min read

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

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
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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
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