And the Real Kentucky Derby Winner Is…..
|Louisville! While the fabled Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY had an unusual outcome this weekend, the City of Louisville was the big winner.
And that is because homeowner’s in Louisville, KY pay the lowest real estate taxes among the 50 biggest Metro-City areas!
LendingTree just released its study on how owning real estate impacts people in different areas around the country.
LendingTree looked at the average amount of real estate taxes, mortgage interest and mortgage insurance premiums that were paid by homeowners in a given metro, as reflected on their tax returns. The study then ranked the nation’s 50 largest metros to show where people paid the lowest taxes on their homes.
Source: LendingTree Real Estate Tax Survey
|Mortgage backed securities (FNMA 4.00 MBS) were unchanged (+0) basis points (BPS) from last Friday’s close which caused fixed mortgage rates to move sideways compared to the previous week.
Overview: With a net change of zero basis points, it appears as if we had a pretty boring week. But actually we had a lot of volatility as the long bond market reacted to the Federal Reserve and Friday’s jobs data. Overall, the message from the Fed was that our economy and labor market are very solid but they are going to wait and see how things develop before they take any action one way or another.
The Talking Fed: The Federal Open Market Committee released its Interest Rate and Policy Statement on Wednesday. You can read the official release here.
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: Big Jobs Friday! You can read the official BLS report here.
Here is the tale of the tape:
April Non Farm Payrolls 253K vs est of 185K
March NFP revised from 196K down to 185K
Feb NFP revised from 33K up to 56K
**The rolling three month average is now 169K
Average Hourly Earnings rose 6 cents and is now $27.77
Average Hourly Earnings YOY rose by 3.2% which matches March’s pace, April Estimates were for 3.3%
Average Hourly Earnings MOM rose by 0.2%, March was revised upward from 0.1% to 0.2%
The Unemployment Rate fell to 3.6% vs expectations of 3.8% and is now the lowest since 1969
The Participation Rate moved lower from 63.0% down to 62.8%
Services: The April ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI which represents more than 2/3 of our economic engine was lighter than expected (55.5 vs est of 57.0) Still a very good reading as it is above 50 but it was not as red hot as the market was projecting.
Manufacturing: The national ISM PMI had an expansionary reading of 52.8 vs est of 55.0. Prices Paid hit vs 55.0 est of 55.1
|What to Watch Out For This Week:
It is virtually impossible for you to keep track of what is going on with the economy and other events that can impact the housing and mortgage markets. Just leave it to me, I monitor the live trading of Mortgage Backed Securities which are the only thing government and conventional mortgage rates are based upon.