Tag Archives: interest rates

Another Rate Hike in the Future???

Many in the mortgage industry were anxiously waiting to view the results of the final jobs report of 2015 to see if the Federal Reserve was on track with the timing of its long-awaited December rate hike or if the central bank acted too quickly. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported better-than-expected job gains […]

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Why new slow-it-down mortgage rules may be a good thing…

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Catherine Reagor, The Republic | azcentral.com 1:28 p.m. MST October 8, 2015 If you are looking for a house now, it’s likely going to take a little longer to get a mortgage to buy it. The expected delay is due to a new federal rule that’s supposed to give consumers more protection when they are making one of their […]

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TRID: Into the Great Unknown

Amid all the consternation about the looming TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) Rule effective date of October 3, one analyst believes that the biggest unknown about TRID is just that—unknown. Until October 3, buyers will use the HUD-1 Settlement Statement containing a good faith estimate for closing the loan that has been in use for 40 years; […]

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FHA to lower cost of mortgage insurance

In an effort to make owning a home more affordable, the Federal Housing Administration will dramatically cut the costs associated with the mortgages it backs. Premiums for FHA mortgage insurance, which is designed to protect the agency in case a borrower defaults on a loan, will be cut from 1.35% of a loan’s value to […]

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Freddie Mac: Mortgage Rates Stay Level

Author: Tory Barringer September 5, 2014 Mortgage interest rates stayed fairly level this week, settling in ahead of the Bureau of Labor Statistics August jobs report, which was released September 5. Freddie Mac released on September 4 the results of its latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, showing the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) coming in at 4.10 percent (0.5 point) […]

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Improving Economy Bumps Up Mortgage Rates

Signs of an improving economy boosted fixed mortgage rates this week, market reports show.According to Freddie Mac, the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 4.20 percent (0.6 point) for the week ending June 12, an increase of 6 basis points from last week’s report. Last year, the 30-year fixed-rate hovered just below 4.0 […]

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3 reasons right now is the best time to buy a home.

  The advantage is on the buyer side!!! There has never been a better time to buy a home this year.  And yet despite three major advantages for homebuyers, sales so far have been slow. Buying is cheaper than renting in most markets. And with mortgage activity down, originators, one would think, would be bending […]

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Housing Recovery Unmoved by Rising Interest Rates

Mortgage rates may be rising, but the housing market doesn’t seem to mind. In fact, several indicators have improved alongside rising rates, according to the HousingPulse Tracking Survey released by Campbell Surveys and Inside Mortgage Finance this week. The lending atmosphere is becoming friendlier, especially to first-time buyers. Simultaneously, the average time on market for […]

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Mortgage Rates Pull Back Further

Freddie Mac’s weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage falling to an average rate of 4.41% for the week ending January 16, down from 4.51% the previous week. A year ago, the 30-year fixed average sat at 3.38%.  The 15 year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.45%, down from 3.56% previously. Adjustable rates were […]

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Dramatic Cooling off Causing Switch to Buyers’ Market

According to Michael Orr of ASU/WP Carey School of Business, the change in market balance accelerated during October reaching a shocking pace we almost never see. Only in the second half of 2005 have we seen demand drop at this exceptional speed. Demand has been falling dramatically for the past 3 months and October saw […]

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