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The Weekly Mortgage Commentary

This week brings us the release of four economic reports that have the potential to move mortgage rates, but none are considered to be highly important to the markets. There also are a couple of Treasury auctions set to take place that may influence mortgage rates the middle of the week. Now that the healthcare bill drama appears to be over, at least for the time being, we can turn our attention towards economic data for bond market direction. Tuesday has the first report worth watching with March's Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) from the New York-based Conference Board at 10:00 AM ET. This i...

March 26th, 2017 The Weekly Mortgage Commentary

Top Home Security Tips You Need To Make Your Home Safer

No matter where you live, your age, life stage, the square footage of your floorplan, or type of neighborhood, staying safe at home is a priority for all of us. And you can go out and spend thousands of dollars on security measures or DIY it at all, but the goal is the same: to protect your home, your things, and the people you love. Home security is not a one-size-fits-all enterprise, nor is it typically a one-purchase-and-you’re-done experience. “Think of home security as though you’re putting on layers of clothing to protect your body from harsh weather,” Jordan Fran...

March 23rd, 2017 Top Home Security Tips You Need To Make Your Home Safer

The Weekly Mortgage Commentary

This week brings us the release of only three monthly economic reports for the markets to digest. Only one of them is considered to be very important to mortgage rates and it comes at the end of the week. The first couple days have nothing of importance in terms of relevant economic data, so we could see the week start off slowly. The first report will come late Wednesday morning when February’s Existing Home Sales report is posted by the National Association of Realtors. It will give us a measurement of housing sector strength and mortgage credit demand. It is expected to reveal a decli...

March 19th, 2017 The Weekly Mortgage Commentary

All "Buy" Myself: Mortgage Guidance for the Self-Employed

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' last Spotlight on Statistics from March 2016, 15 million people, or 10.1 percent of all U.S. workers, were self-employed in 2015.1 While that figure is over a year old, it's still safe to say that there are a number of independent workers and small business owners out there - and some of them want you to help them find a house. Self-employment offers them many benefits - but if they aren't organized with their finances, taxes, etc., one plus won't be a smooth ride to a mortgage. The difficulty rests in the "burden of proof" that the self-employed ar...

March 17th, 2017 All "Buy" Myself: Mortgage Guidance for the Self-Employed

The Fed Turns the Rate Clock Forward

- and what it means On March 15, the Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate from a range of .75% to 1.0%. The increase was expected by Fed watchers based on continuing strength in the economy, most recently after a particularly strong jobs report was released on March 13. A rate increase is, in a sense, a good thing in that it marks the Fed's greater confidence in the economy's ongoing strengthening - but that strengthening is also the harbinger of inflation, which the Fed seeks to stay ahead of with these actions. The effect of these changes that is most important to you and your buyers...

March 17th, 2017 The Fed Turns the Rate Clock Forward

3 Steps To Saving For Your Dream Home

According to Harvard University’s “State of the Nation’s Housing” report, while more people than ever before want to own their own home, fewer feel financially ready to do so yet. Reasons range from high rents to student loan debt. Millennials, in particular, are waiting longer to get married, start families and purchase their first home. But this is not necessarily bad news for the housing market. In fact, it could mean that the millennial generation has something to teach us all about saving consistently towards a big life goal such as owning your own home! In this ar...

March 15th, 2017 3 Steps To Saving For Your Dream Home

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