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Wednesday: Housing Starts

by Calculated Risk on 1/18/2022 08:52:00 PM

From Matthew Graham at Mortgage News Daily: Remember Mortgage Rates in the 2’s? They’re Closer to 4% Now

One of the very few welcome byproducts of the pandemic was the pervasive availability of new all-time low mortgage rates. Depending on when you checked in, you were highly likely to see top tier 30yr fixed rates in the 2% range. … The average lender is now up to 3.75% after starting the day at 3.625%. [30 year fixed 3.70%]
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Wednesday:
o At 7:00 AM ET, The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) will release the results for the mortgage purchase applications index.

o At 8:30 AM, Housing Starts for December. The consensus is for 1.655 million SAAR, down from 1.679 million SAAR.

o During the day, The AIA’s Architecture Billings Index for December (a leading indicator for commercial real estate).

On COVID (focus on hospitalizations and deaths):

COVID Metrics
Now
Week
Ago
Goal
Percent fully Vaccinated
63.0%

>=70.0%1
Fully Vaccinated (millions)
209.3

>=2321
New Cases per Day3
701,277
752,342
<=5,0002
Hospitalized3?
137,384
120,397
<=3,0002
Deaths per Day3?
1,746
1,664
<=502
1 Minimum to achieve “herd immunity” (estimated between 70% and 85%).
2my goals to stop daily posts,
37-day average for Cases, Currently Hospitalized, and Deaths
? Increasing 7-day average week-over-week for Cases, Hospitalized, and Deaths
? Goal met.

Click on graph for larger image.

This graph shows the daily (columns) and 7-day average (line) of positive tests reported.

The 7-day average for new cases are just below record levels. Hospitalizations are at record levels.
Fortunately, deaths are still only half the previous 7-day average record of 3,421 per day in January 2021.

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