Fed Minutes Lay Bare a Split on U.S. Economic Outlook, Interest-Rate Path

Federal Reserve officials struggled with uncertainty about the outlook for inflation and growth at their January policy meeting —and whether rising risks to the economy might alter their plans to raise short-term interest rates. Source: Fed Minutes Lay Bare a Split on U.S. Economic Outlook, Interest-Rate Path – WSJ Another …

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US Pending Home Sales – 9 Year High

It looks like the housing market continues to grow at a steady pace – after a slow start to the year.  This is good news of course. It will be very interesting to see what interest rates do in the next several months.  As with almost every financial topic, opinions abound …

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Mortgage Rates – Forecast for July

I frequently read Dan Green’s comments regarding the US mortgage market.  I find his comments interesting and informative.  HIs blog this week has some thoughts on mortgage rates for July. If you are in the market for new home purchase or refinance – give it a read. Understanding the market is …

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Understanding Mortgages – Do’s & Don’ts After You Have Applied for the Loan

The financial decisions you make when securing a loan for a home purchase, or refinance, is important.  Your financial behaviors before and after you have applied for a loan can and will impact your ability to secure financing. My colleague at Waterford Mortgage Company, AJ Arnett, has a good list of Do’s …

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Understanding Mortgages – What Is the Right Amount for a Down-payment?

One of the decisions the prospective homeowner will make in their quest to purchase a home is the amount of the down-payment.  This is obviously a very important decision and a decision that warrants analysis and forethought. There is no simple “rule of thumb” that can be applied to what the …

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Understanding Mortgages – The Fed, FOMC, and the Fed Funds Rate

Let’s face it, mortgages, interest rates, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA, mortgage insurance are all confusing and add to a lot of stress when purchasing a home.  Really, what is the difference between a conforming and jumbo loan? Fortunately, there are a lot of good resources on the web that …

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Take Advantage of the Real Estate Market – Climbing Housing Prices & Attractive Mortgages

Dan Green posted the following blog on May 26th of this year.  You should give it a read – great news for home owners and first time buyers! Today’s Mortgage Rates Push Home Values To Within 1.3 Percent Of Last Decade’s Peak Prices. The market dynamics for existing home owners and …

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