Key Economic Indicators that Affect Mortgage Interest Rates: Housing Reports

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For the past couple weeks, we’ve been looking at how key economic indicators cause mortgage rates to move up and down, and why home owners, buyers and refinancers, should follow along. In this last installment of series, we take a look at three housing reports that indicate the health of the economy.

Case-Shiller Index

Home prices are a huge indicator of how the economy as a whole is performing. The Case-Shiller Index is actually comprised of four indices; the National Home Price Index, 20-city composite index, 10-city composite index and 20 individual metro indices. These indices track the changes in price for sales of the same single-family homes over time in large markets throughout the country. It is published on the last Tuesday of each month and has a two-month lag time, so the index released in March will show data from February and January.

The Case-Shiller Index tells us…

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