EHL's Markets in a Minute - What's Pressuring Rates?



Please enjoy this quick update on what happened this week in the housing and financial markets.



  • Continued progress in trade talks with China is helping stocks rally to record highs and driving bond yields higher. Increased bond yields are pressuring mortgage rates higher.
  • U.S. service companies grew at a faster pace in Oct after sinking to a 3-yr low in Sept. Measures of sales, new orders and employment all rebounded from the previous month.
  • Jobless claims fell more than expected last week. Along with last week's payroll gains, this shows consistent strong labor market conditions and continued job growth.


  • Construction job openings increased in Sept on a year-over-year basis. The estimated number of job openings was 338,000.
  • CoreLogic's House Price Index for Sept showed house prices continue to go up, rising 3.5% year-over-year. Prices were 0.4% higher in Sept than in August.
  • Down payment assistance on FHA loans increased from 30% in 2011 to 40% in 2018. Also, a new study debunks the myth that down payment assistance buyers are more likely to default.

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