Weekly Market Update June 12 - June 16, 2023

The Fed met and you know what that means. It’s time to dive into their decision and how that will affect us. 

While rates are still elevated, they didn’t cut or raise (which is good!) although inflation is going down. What they did do was adjust and increase the goal post to achieve the 2% inflation sooner than later. The Fed Funds Rate is sitting at 5.5% and 5.75% with 9 members wanting 2 more rate hikes. In my opinion, this is something I don’t think is necessary. While we want to get to this point eventually, they’ve been known to go too far too fast, causing all of us a headache. It’s rumored that they will cut rates by the end of the year…but only time will tell. 


So About Shelter Cost… 

We’re currently sitting at about 43% of the core reading inflation. Remember, the core reading inflation excludes energy and food and only looks at what can be controlled. Looking at the core PCE, we can see that things are getting better – it just takes time. 

Renters are about to get the upper hand. By looking at the chart below, we can see that within the past 12 months, there are some cases of rent actually going down.


For my fellow Texas locals, there’s been some movement in those trying to reduce property taxes

In some eyes, the goal is to completely remove property taxes altogether. Others are vouching for a cap at 5% rather than 10%. So, why is this even possible?  The argument is that sales tax is doing so well as more and more people move to Texas that we don’t need the property taxes. Right now as of publishing, property taxes in the state of Texas account for 47% of personal finances.

Moving Forward

As more information is released, we will be sure to keep you updated as we closely follow this interesting plan-of-action. For your questions and everything ‘mortgage’ reach out to the Mortgage Mark team today.

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Mark Pfeiffer is a Mortgage Loan Originator with CMG Home Loans and a veteran of the mortgage industry since 2003. Mark is responsible for ensuring all loans originated by the Mortgage Mark Team offer competitive terms and close on-time.

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