Mortgage rates were all over the board

Mortgage rates were all over the board last week because the Fed meeting was optimistic. With this happening the Stock market was stronger taking money out of bonds. Today, however, mortgage bonds finished higher by about 25 bps which is helping with mortgage pricing. We are sitting on a level of support which means I am floating interest rates right now hoping save my clients more money.
The S&P 500 is testing a strong ceiling of resistance this morning. Stocks have enjoyed a strong move higher over the past couple of months and could improve more if prices break through the ceiling. If not, the Stock Market may be in for a decline.

In other news, Warren Buffet said he is very optimistic about the future of the economy and is seeing signs of a turnaround in the residential real estate market. That makes now the perfect time to benefit from today’s affordable home prices and historically low interest rates. After all, as the economy moves higher, both interest rates and housing prices will follow suit.

I am never too busy for any of your referrals!!

Rates Get Better

I mentioned on Friday that interest rates were on a roller coaster ride late last week. Fortunately, I noticed that mortgage bonds were overbought midweek and got my clients locked in saving most of them 0.125% on their 30 year fixed mortgages. This saved them anywhere from $25 and $40 per month. I look forward to helping your clients too. This weeks newsletter explains what happened last week.

THE TIME IS NEARING END FOR NEHEMIAH AND DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS (DAP)!

THE TIME IS NEARING END FOR NEHEMIAH AND DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS (DAP)!

Let’s get those buyers off the fence asap! Franklin Loan Center’s platform is strong so utilize me with your clients who need to close fast. FHA IN 21-30 DAYS! At the end of September, as you know, the DAP will be going away, yet we have until September 5th to get the deals accepted and opened. If you have a buyer who needs to use these programs call me asap! If they can’t close before the end of September we can use a gift from a family member or other non-profit organization as long as the seller is not contributing toward the downpayment, up to 6% toward closing costs are still okay!

Call me today to get the ball rolling. I’ll pay for the appraisal send along the attached flyer with your client during the pre-qual interview.

I’m never too busy for any of your referrals.

Give me the opportunity to make you look good…
We’ve had a great rally this week in the mortgage market and I’ve locked my pipeline to protect my clients from higher interest rates. This week I’ve save most of my clients 0.125% or more on their interest rate and they’re happy with the lower payments.

Market Update

FHA loans and are going strong. Franklin Loan Center’s in-house closing platform is getting the job done quickly and the ability to sign loan docs in-house makes it easy for the clients with out-of-the-area escrow companies.

June’s monthly newsletter

Dear Clients, Family & Friends,

The summer is here can you feel it? The real estate market is not slowing down this summer so if you’re thinking of buying a property I can get the financing ready for you! There are many programs for 1st time home buyers and FHA is a great way to get lowest monthly payments and low to little money down.

June’s monthly newsletter can give you some tips to save money with retailers on how to use your stimulus check. It’s all about the plastic… credit cards! See this issue to get money saving tips!

Jobs Report

Attached you will find my current rate sheet for the weekend. These rates have been accumulated from, Chase, Wells Fargo, IndyMac, Countrywide, Citi Mortgage, Wachovia, Everbank, and Washington Mutual. I have handpicked the best rates from all these banks for the most popular loan programs, so that I can ensure you and your clients the very best deal.

Market Update:

Rates ended down for the week by 0.25% on Conforming Loans 30 Fix and stayed about the same for Jumbo 30 yr Fix

Today the jobs report came out with a revision of 80,000 job losses for March. This allows mortgage pricing to stay lower longer. It reported the biggest job loss in five years with the unemployment rate eclipsing the 5% mark.

The jobs report is the economic number with the biggest impact on mortgage rates.

Do you know someone who wants a mortgage at less than 5%? Call me for details.

100% financing to $500,000? Ask me how.

Have a great weekend and by the way, I’m never too busy for any of your mortgage referrals!

Bear Stearns Trials

I hope you’re having a wonderful Good Friday!

The Fed, this week, again lowered the Fed funds rate by another 0.75% to 2.25% making the prime rate now 5.25%! This is good news for consumers and holders of Home Equity Lines of Credit that are tied to the Prime interest rate.

Last Friday the Fed reduced the discount rate by 0.25%. This came as a surprise as Friday (after-hours) rate decreases by the Fed haven’t happened in the last 30 years. The reason they did this was to help Bear Stearns and their investors.

Attached is this week’s rate update! Please call with any questions and remember I’m never too busy for any of your referrals! Make it a great and productive weekend!

St. Patrick’s Day

I’m sure you’re off to a very green St. Patrick’s Day! Last week the financial markets were pretty green for you too with mortgage rates dropping by as much as 0.25% for most programs. But be careful! With inflation numbers down reported last week the Fed could cut Fed rates by another 0.75% in tomorrows meeting. These rates are tied to the Prime rate, consumer loans, and credit cards, but the Fed rates are what the Fed lends to banks overnight! With a Fed cut, inflation could rise and when inflation rises mortgage rates are likely to go up. I recently sent out an article explaining this. If you’d like to look at it again please let me know. Make it a great week!

Oh by the way, I’m never too busy for any of your purchase or refinance mortgage referrals! Have a safe and fun St. Patrick’s Day!

MMG Weekly For the week of Mar 17, 2008 — Vol. 6, Issue 12
“JUST WHEN I THOUGHT I WAS OUT…THEY PULL ME BACK IN.” Al Pacino in the 1990 film, The Godfather III And if Bonds and home loan rates thought they were out of the days of volatility…they got pulled right back in, as last week brought daily price swings of almost historic proportions. For the week overall, fixed home loan rates improved by about .25%.

What led to the dramatic action this week? The bipolar emotional state of the markets began deeply depressed on Monday, but then were filled with joy Tuesday, when the Fed made an interesting move by announcing the creation of the new Term Securities Lending Facility (TSLF). The TSLF will provide borrowing banks with $200 Billion to draw on to help inject liquidity into the credit markets, and further, will accept some mortgage-backed securities as collateral, which effectively may help to “upgrade” the value and perception of battered Mortgage Bonds.

But in the meantime…struggles are still being played out related to the downgrade and losses experienced by companies holding massive amounts of mortgage-backed securities. Headlines hit on Thursday about The Carlyle Group, which manages a portfolio of mortgage-backed securities, not being able to meet a margin call and being forced to sell off large amounts of mortgage paper into the markets at great financial losses. Then on Friday, the news broke that financial brokerage and investment banking giant, Bear Stearns had suffered enormous losses, and their lack of liquidity endangered them from going out of business…or “sleeping with the fishes”. The new aforementioned TSLF is designed to help this type of liquidity problem, but it will not go into effect for a few weeks, and Bear Stearns would not last that long. Coming to the rescue with loans were both the NY Fed and JP Morgan Chase. These sure are exciting times.

One bright spot for the financial markets was a low consumer inflation reading. The Overall and Core Consumer Price Index (CPI) figures were reported unchanged, far cooler than the expected increases of 0.3% and 0.2% respectively. These tame inflation numbers give the Fed a green light to cut the Fed Funds Rate by another .75% at Tuesday’s meeting…but read on to understand exactly how this cut may impact YOU.

IF THE IDEA OF KEEPING BUSINESS IN THE “FAMILY” CONJURES UP IMAGES OF MICHAEL CORLEONE AND OFFERS THAT CAN’T BE REFUSED – YOU’LL WANT TO READ THIS WEEK’S MORTGAGE MARKET VIEW TO LEARN SOME TIPS ON RUNNING A SUCCESSFUL FAMILY BUSINESS, WHERE YOU LIKELY WON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT EITHER GUNS OR CANNOLI’S.

Forecast for the Week

So if you love all the excitement, drama, intrigue and crazy volatility of late…you’ll love the week ahead, as it is loaded full with market movers. We’ll get the latest readings on the health of the manufacturing and housing sectors, but the main event will take place on Tuesday when the Federal Reserve announces its latest interest rate decision and Policy Statement.

The Fed is expected to cut the Fed Funds Rate by another .75%. However, as we’ve seen following every Fed rate cut in the recent cycle, chances are very good that Bond pricing will worsen following the cut…which results in higher home loan rates. This happens because Fed rate cuts help to stimulate the economy, by making it less expensive to finance personal and business purchases…and this in turn fuels inflation, the arch-enemy of fixed return assets like Bonds, which home loan rates are based on.

So a word to the wise – if you or someone you know has been ready to move forward on a purchase or refinance, there’s no time like the present. Be sure to get in touch with me, so I can explain your options and help plan a great strategy for your home loan.

Chart: Fannie Mae 5.5% Mortgage Bond (Friday Mar 14, 2008)

The Mortgage Market View…

BUT DON’T EVER TAKE SIDES WITH ANYONE AGAINST THE FAMILY AGAIN…EVER

These lines spoken by Michael Corleone to his brother Fredo could very well apply to small family businesses, which are critical to the nation’s economy. In fact, according to the National Federation of Independent Businesses, more than 1.2 Million businesses across the country are owned and operated by spouses. While these thriving ventures in capitalism are great for the economy, they can cause a lot of stress on your family relationships. That’s why experts recommend you follow a few simple suggestions to keep the business–and your family life–running smooth!

Only Fools Rush In. Starting a family business is a huge commitment. Although it sounds romantic, it’s a lot of work to…well…make it work. Before you jump in, consider what type of business is truly right for you; how the business will impact your financial plans; and how you’ll still make sure you have time in your schedule to enjoy non-business related family time. Because, as The Don says, “a man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man”.

Put It In Writing. The first step to making your dream a reality is putting together a business plan. The Small Business Administration has a great website that can help you write your business plan. You’ll also need to apply for a business license, tax identification number, and even business loans. Again, you can find the most requested business documents on The Small Business Administration website.

Clarify Roles and Responsibilities. To help avoid frustrations and arguments in the future, make sure everyone agrees on who will be responsible for what. Give yourselves titles and draft job responsibilities…then make sure everyone is happy with their role, and that all of the important everyday duties are covered. Make sure you determine who will pay the bills, who will negotiate contracts, who’s in charge of the marketing plan, who does the hiring, and so on. You don’t want to risk overlooking something or arguing about it later.

Protect Yourself. More important than having Luca Brasi as your bodyguard is making sure you plan your finances and stock away plenty of money to hold you over, especially during the start up phase. Most experts recommend having three to six months worth of living expenses in savings, depending on whether one or two people in the family will be relying on the business as their main income. You’ll also want to meet with a financial planner to make sure your retirement and other financial plans stay on track – and if you need a referral to a great financial pro, just let me know.

Set Boundaries… and Stick to Them! It’s easy to let the business take over your family life. Little by little the business successes and setbacks slip into family conversations… it’s only natural. But don’t let them take over completely. To alleviate this problem, make sure you set up regular “business meetings” where you can talk about key issues and exchange ideas about the business. In addition, establish some off-limit times where you’ll devote yourselves to each other and your family life. After all, even family businesses need some time “away from the office.”

Starting a business with your spouse or family is an exciting time. The key is to harness that excitement while staying cool-headed enough to make smart personal and financial decisions. If you or someone you know needs help with these important details, please don’t hesitate to call. I’ll be happy to discuss your needs and put you in touch with other professionals that can help.