The Best Advice on What Not to Ask Your Mortgage Loan Officer

The saying "you don't even know what you don't know," might be the perfect description of someone starting the complicated process of getting a mortgage. Prospective borrowers need to do substantial research to learn which fundamental questions to ask when interviewing lenders. While there's no shortage of advice on the critical questions to ask, most of those questions will only get you a little of the information you need, and some of the questions are just plain wrong. So what should you ask, or not ask, when you interview lenders? In this post,…continue reading →

Mortgage Rate Recap and Outlook For Week Ending June 22, 2018

As of the end of April, the year-over-year (YOY) nationwide increase in home prices is at 6.4%, based on actual appraisals for all loans sold to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or Ginnie Mae (all conforming and government loans.) While it's now almost the end of June, and the data is aged, it's a positive sign from the standpoint that it's not double-digit appreciation which might indicate a housing price bubble. Overall, the markets have not held a lot of surprising data over the last week, with jobs and other economic indicators coming in…continue reading →

Mortgage Rate Recap and Outlook For Week Ending June 15, 2018

After trending down for the last two weeks, mortgage rates increased over the previous week and could continue that trend. This week saw the Federal Reserve raising not only the Fed Funds rate, but also the Prime Credit rate, and the Reserve Balance rate. In comments by the Federal Reserve Chairman, Jerome Powell, a hawkish shift from the Fed is apparent. Based on robust economic data, healthy rate of job growth and increased consumer spending, the Fed feels the potential to increase rates again in 2018 is likely. The increase in Retail Sales is…continue reading →

Mortgage Rate Recap and Outlook For Week Ending June 8, 2018

Without any geopolitical flare-ups over the last week, the impact of economic data has been very mild with no measurable effect on the markets or mortgage rates.  The biggest job news was the filing of Jobless claims coming in slightly below predictions, but the 4-week moving average ticked up to 225,500 - amazingly low. Global economic news has also had little effect on mortgage rates, with continued talk of a timeline to end qualitative easing (QE) in the ECB the only topic of import. While the markets are quiet now, all eyes are…continue reading →

Mortgage Rate Recap and Outlook For Week Ending June 1, 2018

The market continued to improve in the early part of the week, led by the drama coming from Italy and a sharp drop in oil prices.  These issues are no longer impacting the markets, and mid-week Mortgage Backed Securities began to move back into the red, creating a slight pressure of increasing rates to come. Year over year PCE, the key inflation indicator, came in at 1.8% - below the Feds target of 2% - and other economic data was also relatively mild. The release of the Feds Beige Book yesterday (not a…continue reading →

Mortgage Rate Recap and Outlook For Week Ending May 25, 2018

Some old influences on the long-term bond market worked to slightly lower rates this week, as fear of geopolitical events sparked a move of institutional money into the safety of the long-term bonds. Specifically - the negative talk from North Korea's leader and officials and the cancelation of the summit next month with the US brought back the fear factor that had influenced the market a couple of months ago. On top of that, the Mortgage-Backed Securities markets benefited from a more dovish stance from the Federal Reserve based on concerns about trade…continue reading →

What Interest Rate Can You Really Get For Your Mortgage?

When you set out to buy a home, one of the first things you look at is where mortgage interest rates are these days. The second thing you want to know is can you get that rate? If the answer is no and you can only get a higher interest rate, you'll want to know what gives? Understanding how they determine the interest rate you qualify for, versus what you see in a general online search, is critical. It boils down to the risk you represent to the lender, based on specific factors…continue reading →

Mortgage Rate Recap and Outlook For Week Ending May 18, 2018

Jobs data released this week was very positive, with jobless claims at their lowest levels since 1969. On top of that, the frequently volatile Philadelphia Fed Business Outlook Survey came in at 34.4 versus the predicted 21.0. As far as geopolitical events having an impact on trading we had some uncertainty over North Korea - South Korea talks even happening, let alone the historic meeting between a US Pres and North Korean leader. However, this did little to move the markets, as has the continuing back and forth over a US-China trade war.…continue reading →

Mortgage Rate Recap and Outlook For Week Ending May 11, 2018

Most of the economic data released this week has been in line with predictions and expectations resulting in a little to no impact on the long-term bond market, which has a direct effect on mortgage rates. Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS) reacted negatively yesterday to two factors: oil moving above $71/barrel, and a slight reduction in geopolitical concerns.  It remains to be seen what will unfold with Iran, but with Wednesday's announcement, the market has moved on and to a positive reaction in the scheduling of the North Korea talks. The bigger picture for…continue reading →

Mortgage Rate Recap and Outlook For Week Ending May 4, 2018

While the stock market had a sell-off after the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting yesterday, the mortgage bond market did not react to the Fed's leaving the overnight rate alone. Bond traders have already factored in the Fed's position on inflation and their predicted rate increases for the year and this month's FOMC meeting did not challenge that at all. While some key economic data hit the Fed's 2% target inflation rate, these are one-time markers, and the Fed is looking for a trend that encompasses a broader span of time to…continue reading →