Morning Roundup (2/13/2024) — One-On-One

Good Morning! Today is Tuesday, February 13. The U.S. Senate passed a $95 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan in a 70-29 vote. The inflation rate in January was 3.1%, while core prices (excludes food and energy) were up 3.9%. CBS’s broadcast of the Super Bowl on Sunday night reached a record 123.4 million average viewers.

The Mortgage Note Reports

One-On-One: The senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Guild Mortgage has a message for loan officers: You are your brand. Adam O’Daniel recently sat down with Editor Kimberley Haas to discuss modern marketing.

ICYMI: If you are ready to get off the sidelines and into the housing market, you are likely not alone in your quest to find a place you love. New technology can help.

In other mortgage and housing news…

Defying Expectations: Homebuyers thought mortgage rates would drop in 2024, but they haven’t and some experts say people shouldn’t wait for them to fall before moving forward on their purchases.

No Changes Soon: Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic says rate cuts won’t happen until the summer.

External Pressures: Wars overseas, rising unemployment in America, and the presidential election could affect the housing market this year.

Room To Breathe: People are leaving western metros because they are smoky and expensive, according to Redfin, which is now publishing air quality data for properties listed on their website and app.

State Capitals: These state capitals are considered the best places to call home, according to WalletHub.