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The Week Ahead: Will Consumer Price Expectations Increase?

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York will release its latest consumer home price expectation data at 11 a.m. on Monday.

The March 2019 Survey of Consumer Expectations revealed that the median home price change expectations remained steady at 3.0% for the fourth-consecutive month.

The report also indicated consumer access to credit has increased, and consumers expect this increase to continue. The survey reveals that 19.2% of consumers, up from 19% month over month, though the average perceived probability of missing a minimum debt payment over the next three months increased 0.7% points to 11.6%. The survey notes that this is still below the 12-month trailing average of 12.0%.

Despite the flat outlook from consumers, lenders optimism has gone up, according to the Q1 2019 Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey from Fannie Mae.

"Lenders appear less pessimistic regarding mortgage demand expectations; thus their profit margin outlook over the next three months is also slightly improved," said Doug Duncan, SVP and Chief Economist at Fannie Mae. "While the results seem to portray the gloomiest picture of purchase mortgage demand during the prior three months in the survey's five-year history, the net share of lenders expecting rising demand over the next three months exceeded the level recorded in the same quarter last year. Lenders' view of the refinance market was somewhat rosier, as both recent and expected demand improved to the best showing in two years, helping to support lenders' improved profit margin outlook."

According to the March survey, the net share of lenders reporting purchase loan demand growth across all loan types reached a survey low, but demand growth expectations for the next three months has improved. Meanwhile, the refinance mortgage demand saw a significant increase. The net share of lenders to report demand growth over the prior three months hit its highest number in two years. Lenders have also reported easing credit standards across all loan types


Here’s what else is happening in The Week Ahead


  • Senate Banking Committee Hearing, “Oversight of Financial Regulators,” Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. ET
  • NAHB home builders' index, Wednesday, 10 a.m. ET
  • NAHM/Wells Fargo housing market index, Wednesday
  • Census Bureau Housing Starts/Building permits, Thursday, 8:30 a.m. ET
  • Naivating Reverse Mortgages Foreclosures Through Evolving Legislation, Wednesday, 2 p.m., CST

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