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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 that was due in part to the original expiration of the homebuyer tax credit, according the National Association of Realtors.
- More recently mortgage applications for home purchases jumped 10 percent at the end of January, according to figures from the Mortgage Bankers Association.
- The employment report dominated trade last week; once again the headlines don’t accurately reflect the true state of unemployment. 9.7% unemployed in Jan with non-farm job losses of 20K.
- Consumers continue to slow spending; Dec consumer credit fell again by $1.73B. The 11th month in a row consumer credit has declined.
The Week That Will be:
- Retail sales for Jan and weekly jobless claims both on Thursday.
- This week Treasury will auction $81B of notes and bonds on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to borrow money to fund the growing federal budget deficit. Generally auctions have a negative influence on the interest rate markets but so far Treasury borrowing has met good demand.
- Given the relativity to other countries the U.S. is in no danger of losing its Aaa debt rating even though the Obama administration has predicted a $1.6 trillion budget deficit in 2010 and another $1.4T in 2011. May not loose the high rating but eventually the cost of borrowing will increase.
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