For the week of July 1, 2024

Last Week's Mortgage Rate Recap: Rates moved higher 👎
Rates moved slightly higher to end the week, despite a positive reaction to Friday's inflation data. Most lenders started off Friday with better rates but were forced to reissue new rate sheets through the afternoon as mortgage bonds lost ground in month's end trading. Mortgage bonds are the basis that lenders use when setting mortgage rates.

This Week's Mortgage Rate Forecast: Rates likely to be volatile ⚠️
Mortgage rates are likely to move this week, but whether that move is higher or lower will depend on the labor market data. Markets will close early on Wednesday and be closed on Thursday for the holiday, as will most mortgage lenders. Friday has the most potential to see rates move.

What's affecting rates this week:
- Economic data: There will be a handful of reports throughout the week that will affect mortgage rates.
- Jobs data: Tuesday brings labor market data on job openings and layoffs, while Friday brings the BLS jobs report showing unemployment, wages, and new jobs created in June.
- Independence Day: Since the 4th falls on a Thursday, many traders will take an extended weekend, and the resulting decrease in trading volume adds to the potential volatility for rates this week.