The Week Ahead Aug. 16, 2021: Four Things to Look For

Good morning! With the Senate finally adjourned after approving a massive $3.5 trillion infrastructure package last week, both chambers are now officially into their August recesses—for now.

Nonetheless here are five topics we’re keeping an eye on:

First, Congress—or at least, the House—could return as early as next week for some key votes. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has scheduled votes on Monday, Aug. 23 and Tuesday, Aug. 24, presumably on the measures passed last week by the Senate—which is not scheduled to return until Sept. 9.

Second, the Mortgage Bankers Association kicks off another busy week of housing reports. The MBA weekly Forbearance & Call Volume Survey comes out this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. ET. The survey has shown drops in loans in forbearance for 23 consecutive weeks and has showed loans in forbearance at well under 4 percent for the past month. MBA Chief Economist Mike Fratantoni will provide analysis and commentary in Tuesday’s MBA NewsLink.

MBA also releases is monthly Builder Applications Survey this Tuesday, Aug. 17, with analysis and commentary from MBA Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry Forecasting Joel Kan. MBA also releases its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey this Wednesday, Aug. 18.

Third, Economic Reports. The MBA Builder Applications Survey is just the first of several important housing reports over the next two weeks. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index also comes out this Tuesday, Aug. 17, followed by the HUD/Census Bureau New Residential Construction report on Thursday, Aug. 18. Looking further ahead, the monthly Existing Home Sales report from the National Association of Realtors comes out next Monday, Aug. 23; and the monthly New Residential Sales report from HUD/Census comes out next Tuesday, Aug. 24, along with the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Indices.

Other reports of interest this week: Empire State Manufacturing Survey (Monday); Advance Retail Sales (Tuesday); Initial Claims (Thursday) and the Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Survey (Thursday).

Fourth, the upcoming MBA Annual Convention & Expo, which takes place Oct. 17-20 at the San Diego Convention Center. Keynote speakers include New York Times best-selling authors Malcolm Gladwell and Brad Meltzer; and Academy Award- and Presidential Medal of Freedom Award-winning actress Rita Moreno.

Gladwell, whose newest book, The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War, was inspired by the four-part series about General Curtis LeMay on his podcast “Revisionist History.” In it, Gladwell weaves together the stories of a Dutch genius and his homemade computer, a band of brothers in central Alabama, a British psychopath and pyromaniacal chemists at Harvard to examine one of the greatest moral challenges in modern American history. Gladwell will discuss his book with MBA Chair-Elect Kristy Fercho on Tuesday, June 19.

Meltzer uses his trademark storytelling to emphasize the importance of knowing what really matters in your life. While saving the house where Superman was created, Meltzer started a quest to find out what his legacy might be. His funny, inspiring, and entertaining story will never let you look at your own life the same way again. Weaving together the historical stories of Abraham Lincoln, Amelia Earhart and even Superman, Meltzer helps you reevaluate what’s truly important: family, friends and those whole lives you touch by making an impact in your workplace. Meltzer will speak on Tuesday, June 19.

Moreno is among just a handful of entertainers who have completed the “EGOT:” winning an Emmy (twice), a Grammy, an Oscar (for West Side Story) and a Tony Award. Her countless credits span more than seven decades, beginning with her Broadway debut at age 13. She has starred on Broadway and London’s West End, appeared in more than 40 feature films and countless television shows. And like Gladwell, she is a New York Times best-selling author with her first book, Rita Moreno: A Memoir, published by Celebra Books. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush and the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama. Moreno will keynote the mPower Luncheon on Tuesday, June 19.

The MBA Annual Convention & Expo is largest annual gathering of real estate finance professionals, this is the one event you need to gain access to the industry’s power players and innovators.

Be inspired and get informed by engaging speakers on the Main Stage; meet with hundreds of exhibitors in THE HUB and get hands-on access to the latest products and services; dive deep into Breakout Sessions to get the insight you need on all the facets of the business; connect with industry peers through unparalleled networking opportunities; Leave with actionable takeaways for future success.

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Enjoy the week!