Key week for housing data
One other important thing worth noting: Interest rates have fallen in the past couple of weeks, most notably long-term rates. Bonds had a big bounce price wise, and corresponding drop in yields. So now it’s gametime — DO buyers start responding to these lower rates? Will the Mortgage Bankers Association’s weekly purchase mortgage application index start RISING as rates fall (It hasn't really responded so far to the decline in rates since July)? OR does mortgage demand continue to slump despite the fall in rates because people are afraid to buy due to negative publicity, declining prices, etc. Hopefully, we’ll get answers to these questions this week.