San Jose Mortgages Rates & Market Commentary 02/08/10

Your weekly dose of San Jose Mortgage Rates and Market Commentary. The Week That Was: Freddie Mac in its Primary Mortgage Market Survey reported that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 5.01 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending February 4, 2010, up from last week when it averaged 4.98 percent. The 5-year adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 4.27 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, up from last week when it averaged 4.25 percent. Pending existing home sales rebounded by 1 percent in December from a record drop in November…continue reading →

Bay Area mortgage rates for 5 Year ARM sinks below 4%

The Mortgage Rates for a 5 Year adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) sank to 4% (and lower in some cases)* yesterday for Bay Area homes. Freddie Mac average rates released on yesterday reported 5 Year ARM at 4.27% at 0.6 points. But the rate improvements later in the day has opened up great opportunities for home owners and First Time Home Buyers. This could be great news if: You already own a home but plan to move out by 2016. You are a First-Time Home buyer and would like to move up in next…continue reading →

San Jose Mortgage Rate & Market Commentary 02/01/10

Your weekly dose of San Jose Mortgage Rates and Market commentary. The Week that was: Freddie Mac reported in its Primary Mortgage Market Survey that 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.98 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending January 28, 2010, down slightly from last week when it averaged 4.99 percent. The 5 year adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 4.25 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 4.27 percent. Q4 advance GDP was stronger than expected at +5.7% but will likely be revised…continue reading →

Bay Area Mortgage Rates set to go up because of Fed actions

The Fed's statement today does not augur well for Bay Area Mortgage Rates. The Fed's policy-setting committee stuck to a plan to end its purchases of mortgage securities by the end of March. Background - The program to purchase agency mortgage-backed securities (agency MBS) was announced by the Federal Reserve on November 25, 2008. On Wednesday, March 18, the FOMC announced the expansion of the Federal Reserve's program to purchase agency MBS up to $1.25 trillion by the end of the year. On September 23, 2009, the FOMC announced that the Federal Reserve…continue reading →

San Jose Mortgage Rates & Market Commentary 1/24/10

Your weekly dose of San Jose Mortgage Rates and Market commentary.

The week that was:

  • Freddie Mac reported in its Primary Mortgage Market Survey that 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.99 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending January 21, 2010, down from last week when it averaged 5.06 percent. The 5-year adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 4.27 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 4.32 percent. Note that these averages are for conforming loan amounts $417,000 and lower.
  • Wall Street Journal reported that California's inventory of unsold, previously owned homes shrank to a five-year low in December, in another sign that the state may be coming out of its worst housing slump in decades. The supply of unsold single-family homes dropped to 3.8 months from 5.6 months a year ago and 16.6 months in January 2008. The inventory levels are now at their lowest level since 2005, resulting in frenzied sales with multiple offers in some cities. In Santa Clara County, inventory has dropped to 50 days from 243 a year ago.
  • One of the most surprising developments last week was the way the Senate is back-peddling the confirmation of Ben Bernanke for his second term. Greenspan, Paul Volker, Warren Buffett, most former Fed officials; and last but not least, investors want Bernanke confirmed but now its populist movement for weak minded politicians that are increasingly worried they too may be tossed on the unemployed rolls in Nov that has weakened Bernanke support.

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San Jose Mortgage Rate & Market Commentary 1/18/10

Weekly dose of economy and mortgage market news that affects mortgage rates for San Jose Home buyers and Home owners. The Week that was: Economic data last week confirmed once again that inflation fears are way overblown; Dec CPI up just 0.1%. Factory use and industrial production improved again as the economy is bottoming, at least based on recent reports. Somewhat disturbing, and adding to last week's bounce in rates; Dec retail sales were lower, down 0.3% in a month. Consumers, the housing industry and the unemployment rate, now at a whopping 17%…continue reading →

San Jose Weekly Mortgage Market Commentary 01/03/2010

Your weekly dose of economy and mortgage market news that affects mortgage rates for San Jose Home Home owners and buyers. The Week that was: Another bad week for the bond and mortgage markets. The 10 yr treasury note and mortgage rates have now increased 60 basis points in the past three weeks. Freddie Mac reported in its Primary Mortgage Market Survey that 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 5.14 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending December 31, 2009, up from last week when it averaged 5.05 percent. The 5-year…continue reading →

Mortgage Rates go up sharply for Bay Area Homes

In last 3 weeks, 30 year fixed mortgage rates have gone up 34 basis points for San Francisco (SF) Bay Area homes. In the latest results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey┬« Freddie Mac reported 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 5.05 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending December 24, 2009. The 15-year Fixed Rate this week averaged 4.45 percent with an average 0.6 point. The 5-year adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 4.40 percent this week. These rates are for conforming loan amount $417,000 and lower. Higher loan amounts come with higher…continue reading →

San Jose Weekly Mortgage Market Commentary 12/20/2009

The week that was: The statement from the last FOMC meeting wasnt much of a change. The fed stuck to keeping the rates low for "extended period". But how "extended" is "extended" - now that's anybody's guess! Freddie Mac's weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey reported 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.94 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending December 17, 2009, up from last week when it averaged 4.81 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 5.19 percent. The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 4.37…continue reading →

San Jose Weekly Mortgage Market Commentary 12/13/2009

The Week that was: The bond and mortgage markets were choppy, swinging on weak Treasury auctions (the 10 yr and 30 yr). Not much in the way of economic measurements but what there was were better than what had been expected. Retails in Nov were better than markets were looking for, the U. of Michigan consumer sentiment index indicated consumers are increasing their optimism about the economic outlook, and while somewhat ignored in the past couple of years as a positive, the Oct international trade deficit declined for the first time in years.…continue reading →

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