Fed Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged… And…

A divided Federal Reserve held the line on interest rates Wednesday and indicated formally that no cuts are coming in 2019. The decision came amid divisions over what is ahead and still leaves open the possibility that policy loosening could happen before the end of the year depending on how conditions unfold. The central bank …

Mortgage Rates continue to drop… But Why?

Mortgage rates are improving every day, the treasury markets are having the biggest really since 2008!?  Why??  Actions by President Trump and the Tarrifs that are being implemented.  Fed funds futures contracts extended their rally and are now indicating more than half a percentage point of interest-rate cuts this year by the U.S. central bank. …

Feds leave rates unchanged

The Federal Reserve left borrowing costs unchanged, continuing to delay any rate moves amid persistently low inflation. The U.S. central bank voted unanimously Wednesday to maintain its benchmark interest rate in a range of 2.25 percent and 2.5 percent, a move that many anticipated despite stronger-than-expected growth in the first quarter of 2019 and an …

The Home Buying Deal Killers

Buying a home is very exciting. However, nothing can be a bigger disappointment than finding out that your loan is denied before you are about to close your transaction! You’re a week away from having the keys to your new home and your loan officer calls to let you know that your loan was denied …

Is it too late to Refinance?

It's not just about interest rate anymore, it's about cashflow!    Back in the early 90's, to refinance, it was suggested that you drop your rate by 2 percentage points.  Loan Amounts at this time were far less and you needed a significant drop in rate in order to save money. Ever hear something like …

What affects your credit?

Did you know that a large portion of your mortgage approval and mortgage rate are based on your credit scores.  In today’s market, it is now more important than ever to pay attention to your credit scores as well as the balances you keep. Credit scores were developed by Fair Isaac and Company (FICO). The …

Federal Reserve Moves… Mortgage Rates???

I wrote this blog over 2 years ago, and it applies to the same principles of today. This is also why you will see the picture of Janet Yellen to the right who has since been replaced by Jerome Powell. Did you know in the Month of December, Mortgage Rates have dropped nearly 1/2%?  Even …

FNMA (Fannie Mae) Raises Loan Limits!!

If you remember the 90's and the early part of the 2000's, you expected Fannie Mae to raise its Loan Limit for residential loans. It was a sign of the times and the Housing Market was booming!  When I first started in 1991, the loan limit was $191,250.  This was the maximum conforming loan amount Fannie Mae …

If you can afford to Rent, Then you can afford to Buy!

If You Can Afford to Rent...Then You Can Probably Afford to Own. Interest rates are near historic lows. Purchasing power has increased, and the cost of renting in many areas is now greater than the cost to buy. Some say mortgage loans are impossible to obtain without perfect credit and 20% down. Want the truth? Read …

1% increase in mortgage rates will cost you $50k in Buying Power!

We have seen mortgage rates as low as 3.250% in Fall of 2016 to a high of 5.25%  in October 2018.  We have to readjust our purchasing power and how these rates can affect how much we can afford for a home.  This means going to your lender and having your "Pre-Approval" updated to reflect the current …