It’s been an exciting week in the bond market

It’s been an exciting week in the bond market. The Fed announced its new target rate to be 0-0.25% and slashed the rate from 1% to 0.50% This cut to rates affects what banks lend banks overnight and any instrument tied the prime interest rate like home equity lines of credit and credit. This is a new historic low for the fed funds rates.

Mortgage interest rates are at an all time low and it is a great time to think about refinancing. If you or someone you know can save several hundred dollars a month and it didn’t cost anything or the costs were justified by the savings wouldn’t you want them to do it? Call me for details.

Mortgage Bonds are soaring higher

Mortgage Bonds are soaring higher on this weekend’s announcement that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will come under control of the government.

The government’s move to create a line of $200 billion to back all Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans at all costs is great news for homeowners. First, it ensures the continued liquidity of conforming loans nationwide and, second, it ensures that buyers of this type of Bond have a safe investment going forward. There’s no doubt that this will help the US housing market move through the current crunch that we’re in.

So far this morning, the news has lead to a nice rally in pricing. When combined with the break above the 200-Day Moving Average, this may lead to attractive rates. Therefore, I recommend floating for now.

Market Update

Market Update

Mortgage Bonds are trading higher this morning, despite a report that manufacturing in NY is stronger than anticipated.

Normally a better-than-expected economic report would be bad for Bond prices. However, the declining prices of oil, precious metals and other commodities have decreased inflationary pressures and have helped push Bonds higher so far today.

We got a rally late today for the better I recommend floating for now.

Down Payment Assistance (DPA) is being threatened

Hello Friends and Real Estate Professionals,
You may be aware that Down Payment Assistance (DPA) is being threatened and we only have a couple of days left to prevent this new legislation.
79% of all mortgage transactions year-to-date have been backed by FHA (Federal Housing Administration). Over 80% of these FHA transactions involved some form of seller funded DPA.
If this legislation is approved it will drastically affect, impede and reduce ALL of our abilities to buy, sell or lend on a home.
I would like to ask you all to help by clicking this link http://capwiz.com/nehemia/issues/alert/?alertid=11598811and taking 60 seconds to send out an email that will go to HUD, Congress and our Local Senate Representative. I believe your efforts will help defeat a law that will facilitate a collapse of our local and national industry.
On a side note, while the legislation says no more DPA after Oct 1st 2008, please be aware that we must stipulate the last day of funding if the bill passes be August 29th in order to give time to get the loans sold off of bank lines.
To all Realtors:
We must get these people into houses by August 29th(CORRECTION SEPTEMBER 29TH) to be safe. Franklin Loan Center is a direct endorsement lender for FHA loans, which means we can underwrite FHA loans and prepare loan documents in our local offices. This will save your clients valuable time. Time is running out so please act now and get your FHA buyers off the fence and into their new home before it’s too late. Once Down Payment Assistance is gone, it’s gone. Feel free to call us so we can explain this and forward the information to your buyers to ensure they understand the magnitude of this legislation. It would be our pleasure to help in any way we can; be it marketing your listings, helping your buyers qualify for a loan or simply being an information resource for you.

Last weeks rates improved slightly

Last weeks rates improved slightly as bonds tried to rebound off the previous weeks losses. Philly Fed President is continuing to warn about inflation and it’s possible that fed rate hikes will be coming shortly. This is a good thing for the bond market because mortgage rates should come down. Following that your wallets at the pump should hopefully stay full. See the newsletter below to get some helpful gas saving tips that you can pass along to your clients.

Make it a great week!

Fed held constant the Fed Funds rate

Last week the Fed held constant the Fed Funds rate, which had investors ponder the stability of the market. We know the Fed should hike rates to hedge inflation, but the question is will they and when? As the Fed was cutting rates remember I warned that mortgage rates would go up and hey have. I want to mention that if the Fed hikes rates mortgage pricing will get better. I’ll keep you informed as I get the information.

It’s a short week for the Fourth of July weekend. I hope you are safe while enjoying the festivities!

-Sean

Ready for Spring Cleaning?

This is going to be an important week in the financial sector. There is a Fed meeting on Wednesday where we expect the Fed to cut another 0.25% to the Fed Funds rate. We also have the PCE index coming out on Thursday. Remember the PCE is the best indicator of inflation. The most important news though is how the Fed is treating inflation and their words in the report regarding inflation.

Investors feel like this may be the end of the credit crunch, which is certainly good news, and several banks are getting large cash infusions from investors which shows market confidence.

Ready for Spring Cleaning? There are also tips this week on how to do your spring cleaning.

Written by MMG…
In other headlines, Existing Home Sales met expectations, but New Home Sales numbers for March were worse than expected, possibly due to the large increase in the costs for materials needed to construct a home. But then there was a change in climate on Friday, as inflation news from around the World created some strong adverse headwinds for Bonds and home loan rates. Overall, home loan rates ended the volatile week unchanged to slightly higher.

Now is still a good time to take advantage of historically low home loan rates before more inflation talk pushes them higher. I’m always here to help advise you, your friends, and your colleagues…no matter the season!

After last week’s relatively slow economic news calendar, things will heat up this week with several events that have the potential to move the market. On Wednesday, the Fed will announce their interest rate decision…and then the very next day, the Fed’s most favored gauge of inflation will be released, the Personal Consumption Expenditure Index (PCE). It will be interesting to play armchair quarterback to the Fed’s decision, and watch what the inflation numbers reveal! And let’s not forget, on Friday we will see the important Jobs Report, where early estimates are for a net loss of 80,000 jobs.

As you can see in the chart below, Bond prices ended the week between a technical “floor of support” at the 200-day Moving Average and an overhead “ceiling of resistance” at the 50-day Moving Average…and that ceiling might just stop any improvement for Bonds and home loan rates for the short term, unless the news of the week is really Bond-friendly. We’ll have to wait and see if the week’s upcoming news leads to calm or stormy times ahead.

SPRING HAS SPRUNG…

…and that means it’s time to wash away those winter blues! In fact, according to the Soap and Detergent Association – did you even know there was such a thing? – three-quarters of Americans engage in spring-cleaning. In fact, their surveys indicated that more than 80 percent of people who spring clean agree that it helps them save time throughout the year, and 96 percent of people donate or discard items during their spring-cleaning.

But the advantages can go much further than that. Check out these top ten spring-cleaning activities, compiled by http://www.medicinenet.com, that can help make your home healthier and safer:

Thoroughly dust your home. Also clean any air conditioning and heating filters, ducts, and vents to minimize pollens and other airborne allergens.
Organize your medicine cabinet. Throw away expired medications and old prescription medicines that you no longer need.
Inventory your garage and basement. Get rid of any old paint, thinners, oils, solvents, stains, and other similar items you no longer need. Note: You may need to take these items to a hazardous waste drop off center.
Inventory under your sinks and around your house. Dispose of old or potentially toxic cleaning products.
Have your chimney professionally cleaned. This will help you lessen the chances of carbon monoxide exposure when the cold weather returns.
Clean all mold and mildew from bathrooms and other damp areas. Use non-toxic cleaning products.
Check your rugs. Make sure that rugs on bare floors have non-skid mats and that older or dusty mats are either washed or replaced.
Inspect outdoor playground equipment. Make sure that all elements are sturdy and safe, especially guardrails, protruding bolts, and other potential sources of injury.
Change your batteries. Do so for both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
Collect old batteries throughout the house for disposal. Dispose of them in a battery recycling or hazardous waste center.
And make it easy on yourself – take it one room, one cleaning task at a time. You’ll be more likely to accomplish more if you tackle each spring-cleaning project separately. And that’s great advice…any time of year!

Market Update April 25th

Market Update April 25th:

Rates have certainly been busy moving up and down, but no worries! This is just part of the market. Rates don’t typically move this much, but in this market anything can happen. Remember what goes up must go down and it’s all part of the market game. Stay tuned for more information.

· Wednesday the Fed has a meeting schedule and from what I understand there is a 75% chance the Fed will cut another 0.25% to the Fed funds rate
· Interest rates are down by about 0.125% this week when compared to last week
· Your client should float at least until Monday or Tuesday because rates are usually get a little better right before the Fed meeting

Make it a great weekend! Oh by the way, I’m NEVER too busy for any of your referrals.