Morning Report: Existing home sales near 10 year record 11/22/16

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Current Coupon Fannie Mae TBA 103
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30 Year Fixed Rate Mortgage 3.99

Stocks are up this morning as commodities rise on anticipated economic strength. Bonds and MBS are flat.

Existing home sales rose 2% to a seasonally-adjusted run rate of 5.6 million in October, according to the NAR. September’s numbers were revised upward to 5.49 million. October’s number is 5.9% higher than a year ago, and the highest reading since February 2007. The median home price rose 6% to $232,200. Total housing inventory dipped to 2.02 million units, which represents a 4.3 month supply at current levels. NAR considers 6.5 month’s worth to be a balanced market. Days on market ticked up to 41 days from 39 the month before. The first time homebuyer accounted for 33% of all

sales, which is up a couple percentage points from a year ago. Now, if we could just get housing starts up to catch up with the increase in sales we could have a real recovery on our hands.

The post-election rise in interest rates is beginning to affect home sales. First time homebuyers are being hit particularly hard. One loan officer has great advice however: the increase in rates may appear dramatic, but the difference in monthly payment often is not. “I tell people, interest rates are 80 percent psychological and 20 percent math. I do the math for them and their next reaction is, ‘Oh that’s all?’ Forty dollars a month, $75 a month. They initially think it’s going to be a lot more painful than that,” said Anker, who added he hasn’t lost any deals yet. ” While we have yet to see any effect in the home price indices (that will probably be a few months out) be prepared for a deceleration in home price appreciation, and maybe even flat / declining prices in the hottest markets.

The Richmond Fed Manufacturing index improved last month from -4 to 4.

Speculators in the US Eurodollar market are betting $2.1 trillion that short term rates are going up as economic growth and inflation return. Note that yesterday, all of the major stock market indices hit new highs. We have been seeing the biggest asset allocation change out of bonds and into stocks over the past week.

Donald Trump took to YouTube last night to give an update on the transition. Probably the biggest news in that was essentially a moratorium on regulations – where for every new regulation, two must be removed. Not sure how that is going to work in practice. The Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal is probably dead at this point as well. Separately, he isn’t going to launch any further investigations on Hillary Clinton.

Front-runner for Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was part of a Goldman consortium that bought failed bank IndyMac, renamed it OneWest and sold it to CIT. This was post-crisis, however his confirmation hearing (if he gets the nom) will undoubtedly spend some time on the mortgage industry and past practices.

Impac said that low interest rates hurt demand for non-QM products last quarter.

When the Chinese bet on real estate, they bet big.

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