First Time Home Buyers Heat Up Summer Buying Season

Homes are selling like its 2006 all over again. Contracts to buy home reaches 9-months high. Where the economic tides go so goes the the housing market typically. That is why continued strength in the US economy has led to continued strength in the housing market recently, especially with first-time homebuyers. The National Association of […]

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Mortgage Rates Continue To Climb – Now At Highest Level Since Oct, 2014

Mortgage backed securities (MBS) suffered one of the worst weeks in recent times. As a result, mortgage rates continued to climb higher. After the recent MBS sell off, rates are now at the highest level since October, 2014. However, they are still ~.0.25% lower than at the same time last year. MBS is a type […]

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April Housing Data Show Robust Price Increase, Shorter Selling Time

Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single–family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co–ops, declined 3.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.04 million in April from an upwardly revised 5.21 million in March. Despite the monthly decline, sales have increased year–over–year for seven consecutive months and are still 6.1 percent above […]

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Mortgage Rates Jump Sharply – Reach Highest Level In 6 Weeks

Mortgage Rates climbed swiftly this week, reaching the highest point since March 17th, 2015. Mortgage rates are directly impacted by the trading of mortgage bonds on Wall Street. This week there has been rapid and deep movement to Bond Markets both in the US and Europe – like shaking a bottle of Coke before opening […]

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8 Blunders That Will Absolutely Spoil Your Mortgage Approval

  A lot of unhappy faces project through the conference call. Would-be homebuyers, real estate agents, title & escrow and a mortgage team – they all invested something. Whether it be time, money or both; watching a home purchase explode days before closing is painful. It’s also expensive for the potential homebuyer and can be […]

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When is Your Credit Score Not Actually Your Credit Score?

How about when you get a mortgage lender to pull it? Maybe. Anytime it is important is more concise. It’s frustrating no doubt: Scrimping and saving for 6+ months to have that down payment you need to get a lower rate. Dutifully watching what you assume to be your credit scores flick and flutter throughout […]

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How Does Falling Oil Price Impact Mortgage Rates?

Gas is cheap – pleasantly affordable even. Americans from coast to coast are saving money. I am saving money. How long will our good fortune last? It depends, how long will crude oil prices stay low? Low oil prices are offering a hidden gift to consumers that goes beyond the gas pump: They also indirectly […]

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Employment, Oil and Fed – Triple Whammy Spikes Mortgage Rates

Usually good employment report in itself is bad enough for mortgage rates. Combine that with a rally in Oil and a statement from a regional Fed President and you have a perfect storm. Employment Report – US added 257,000 jobs last month (much higher than the predicted number of 237,000). The November and December numbers […]

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Are We Heading Into One Of The Strongest Buying Seasons?

Every month the National Association of Realtors (NAR®) tracks metrics key to the overall health of the housing market.  There are a number of important metrics you would want to pay attention to, if housing data analysis is in your wheelhouse, or if you are pondering your next housing move. One of the most  eagerly […]

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FHA Set to Reduce Mortgage Insurance Premiums by 0.5%

“This action will make homeownership more affordable for over two million Americans in the next three years.” Spurred by the dwindling number of first-time homebuyers entering the housing market, President Barack Obama laid out plans to slash mortgage insurance premiums for Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans yesterday. The reduction – from 1.35% to 0.85% – […]

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