Weekly What’s Happening – May 23, 2019

It’s time for your weekly look at what’s happening with rate movement, the economy, and the housing market.¬†Watch to the end for a quick smile.

Bellevue Mortgage Lender - Weekly What's Happening - May 23, 2019

The Economy

Trade tensions with China increased this week, causing stocks to fall and bonds to improve. The shift in bond prices helped move mortgage rates down slightly.

After a big jump in March, retail sales declined 0.2% in April as consumers cut back spending on clothes, appliances, and home & garden supplies.

Jobless claims fell more than expected last week, pointing to sustained labor market strength that should help underpin the economy if growth slows.

Housing News

According to the NAHB monthly index, builder confidence for newly built single-family homes rose in May. It was the highest reading since October 2018.

Housing starts increased more than expected in April. Data suggests declining mortgage rates are providing further support to the housing market.

Home building’s future is also looking good, with building permits rising 0.6% in April. Permits had been in decline for the previous 3 months.

See you again next week with more news from your local Bellevue Mortgage Lender!

**Rate movements and volatility are based on published, aggregated national averages and measured from the previous to the most recent mid-week daily reporting period. These rate trends can differ from our own and are subject to change at any time.

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