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Should I Lock Or Float This Week : December 17, 2012

Todays_MBS_12-17-2012This so-called fiscal cliff is leaving mortgage rate shoppers shaking their heads? First, we are being told, if our congress allows us to fall over that cliff, it will equate to a monthly loss of $530, or more than $6000 per year, for many americans. If this were not enough to worry about, my clients shopping for homes, are also facing the uncertainty of what direction mortgage rates will move – Up? or Down? Last week, rates have started to creep up, and up. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 17, 2012 in Mortgage Rates

 

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Explanation Of The Fed Statement Today (December 12 , 2012)

Putting the FOMC statement in plain EnglishThe Federal Open Market Committee voted to leave the Fed Funds Rate unchanged within its current target range of 0.000-0.250 percent Wednesday.

For the tenth consecutive meeting, the FOMC vote was nearly unanimous. Richmond Federal Reserve President Jeffrey Lacker was the lone dissenter in the 9-1 vote. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2012 in Federal Reserve, Mortgage Blog

 

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Explanation Of The Fed Statement Today (October 24 , 2012)

Putting the FOMC statement in plain EnglishThe Federal Open Market Committee voted to leave the Fed Funds Rate unchanged within its current target range of 0.000-0.250 percent Wednesday.

For the ninth consecutive meeting, the vote was nearly unanimous. And, also for the ninth consecutive meeting, Richmond Federal Reserve President Jeffrey Lacker was the lone dissenter in the 9-1 vote.

The Fed Funds Rate has been near zero percent since December 2008. At the close today, Mortgage Backed Securities ended the day a little worse (rates/fees went up a bit) on the news… Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2012 in Federal Reserve

 

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Rates Are Going Down and Fee’s Are Going Up! I Am So Confused.

Putting the FOMC statement in plain EnglishSometimes, things just have a way of working themselves out. My wife hates when I say that, but in this circumstance it is true. If you read my blog a few days ago, I braced my clients for fees to increase on all conventional loans. But thankfully, the news today from The Federal Open Market Committee drove rates right back down. It’s like the fee increase never happened. Why?

Because the Fed voted to leave the Fed Funds Rate unchanged within its current target range of 0.000-0.250 percent. For the eighth consecutive meeting, the vote was nearly unanimous (9-1 vote).

The Fed Funds Rate has been near zero percent since December 2008. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2012 in Federal Reserve

 

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Why Are Rates Getting Worse Today? (August 1 , 2012)

Putting the FOMC statement in plain EnglishAfter the The Federal Open Market Committee voted to leave the Fed Funds Rate unchanged this morning, mortgage rates got worse. Why? The vote was nearly unanimous (9-1 vote).

In its press release, the Federal Reserve noted that the U.S. economy has “decelerated somewhat” since January. Beyond the next few quarters, though, the Fed expects growth to “remain moderate” and then gradually pick up. Remember, when there is bad news for the economy, rates improve. And when there is good to moderate news, rates get worse (see video explanation). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2012 in Federal Reserve

 

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A Simple Explanation Of Bernanke’s Statement Today (April 25, 2012)

Putting the FOMC statement in plain EnglishThe Federal Open Market Committee voted to leave the Fed Funds Rate unchanged within its current target range of 0.000-0.250 percent Wednesday.

For the fifth consecutive month, the Fed Funds Rate vote was nearly unanimous. Just one FOMC member, Richmond Federal Reserve President Jeffrey Lacker, dissented in the 9-1 vote.

The Fed Funds Rate has been near zero percent since December 2008. It is expected to stay near-zero through 2014, at least. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2012 in Federal Reserve

 

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The Fed Starts A 2-Day meeting. How Do They Influence Mortgage Rates?

Fed Funds Rate vs Mortgage Rates 1990-2012

The Federal Open Market Committee begins a 2-day meeting today in the nation’s capitol. It’s the group’s third of 8 scheduled meetings this year. Mortgage rates are expected to change upon the Fed’s adjournment.

Led by Chairman Ben Bernanke, the FOMC is a 12-person, Federal Reserve sub-committee. The FOMC is the group within the Fed which votes on U.S. monetary policy. “Making monetary policy” can mean a lot of things, and the action for which the FOMC is most well-known is its setting of the Fed Funds Funds. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2012 in Mortgage Rates

 

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