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Mortgage Rates ↓ Stocks, & Housing

There are two things we tend to buy less of when the price goes down….do you know what?

Most of us like a bargain when we go shopping and feel much better buying things when they are 10%-20% off or “Buy one get one free or at half off.” But, there are two things that always buck this trend of buying when prices go down. What’s even crazier is that, with ...

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Another opportunity? Rates Decline again

This past week, interest rates declined dramatically to their lowest level since December 2010 as fears that the European debt crisis could get worse with the increased threat of default by Greece and Spain. Investors fled to safety and purchased US Treasury bonds which drove yields lower that ultimately caused mortgage rates to drop.

For those of you who may have missed the opportunity to refinance and/or purchase a home last year, ...

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Lending to get tougher? Plus rates…

We all think current lending standards are tough… Well the Government is now proposing even tougher mortgage lending guidelines for 2012.  As you may know 95% of loans originated are purchased by Government-Sponsored Entities (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) since there are not many “Private” money lenders like we had during the “bubble” years. We think these new rules maybe a way for the Government to wind down the GSEs and significantly ...

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Housing Market & Mortgage Rates

I recently attended a private presentation on the housing market by renowned Economist Dr Edward Leamer of the UCLA Anderson School of Management. His focus was on how the groundwork was established for the start of the decade long housing boom to the ultimate meltdown and the lessons learned. The “easy credit” and the market’s insatiable appetite for mortgage-backed securities fueled the boom that ultimately went bust. On the flip side, it is quite remarkable ...

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Mortgage rates on the move again?

Is political unrest good for rates? The short answer is yes… In times of financial or political unrest, investors tend to move their money from the more volatile risky investments (stocks) to more stable investments such as bonds. A flood of investments into bonds will drive down the yield and mortgage rates tend to move in-step with bond yields. We know emotional investors’ flight-to-safety, will just as quickly move back ...

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