For the first time in 4 weeks, mortgage rates closing a week lower than where they opened it
Markets shrugged off uncertainty about Hurricane Gustav and chose to rally on the backs of strong economic data.
Overall, rates were down by about 0.125 percent, or $96 per year per $100,000 borrowed.
Markets were influenced by a handful of positive news last week -- two pieces of housing data gave markets reason to celebrate, as did an upbeat consumer confidence survey.
- Sales of "new" homes is reducing the glut of builder homes
- Sales of "used" homes is showing stability
- Americans, in general, are feeling better about the economy
In addition, equally-important-but-less-well-known data from last week points to similar conclusions -- the U.S. economy may be on more solid footing than many people had believed.
This week, markets re-open Tuesday after being closed for Labor Day. Early in the week, there isn't much data for markets to digest so expect oil markets to take center stage.