Mortgage rates were little changed Tuesday as the Fed began its two-day FOMC meeting to discuss monetary policy. In economic news, September Durable Goods Orders fell 1.3%, well below the consensus forecast for a 0.7% increase. Consumer Confidence surged to 94.5, beating expectations. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index declined 0.1% in August, and was 5.6% higher year-over-year. Both figures came in a bit under forecast. The combination of lower home prices and lower interest rates may present some buying opportunities and increase housing affordability. Results from today’s 2-year Treasury auction will be released at 1:00 PM. The Fed announcement will come out tomorrow around 2:00 PM.