Health Of The US Housing Market

Although all real estate is local, this Bloomberg Report with Jeff Taylor, Managing Partner of Digital Risk, sums up the overall U.S. new housing numbers, current mortgage rates and lending practices, and provides a glimpse of mortgage lending criteria in the near future.

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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: What Effect Will Phasing Them Out Have On Mortgage Market?

Current consideration of phasing out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the next 5-7 years has everyone in the real estate and mortgage markets speculating as to the effect it will have.  Created after the depression to help people buy homes, these two entities and FHA, now buy or insure 97% of home loans. Some […]

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How Rising Mortgage Rates Affect Your Buying Power

This table from the KCM post “The Cost of Waiting for Prices to Fall” is a great visual to update my post from yesterday regarding mortgage rates hitting the 5% mark

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Mortgage Rates Hit 5%

Mortgage rates are inching up, currently hovering around 5%.  According to a CNNmoney.com report, interest rates at 5% don’t affect home buyers.  While 5% is still low,  and would only add slightly to a monthly mortgage, a continued increase in rates will affect the amount of home a buyer can purchase. Other posts that discuss […]

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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Increasing Interest Rates and Fees

Starting in March 1 for Freddie Mac and April 1 for Fannie Mae interest rates for loans over 15 years could almost double, even if you have perfect credit. Remember, if you are a buyer the cost of owning a home is more important than the price of the home.  Obviously you don’t want to […]

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Miami Real Estate On Sale

With prices still on a downward slide in South Florida, the number of sales are up as buyers realize the buying opportunity these price decreases represent.  And although 30-year mortgage rates inched up slightly this week, they are still under 5% and near historic lows. These interest rates will help first time buyers, but may […]

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Mortgage Rates – How An Increase In Rates Affects Your Purchasing Power

I came across a great article that explains the effect of interest rates on your purchasing power so well, that I have to blog about it.  Now that inventories are decreasing and we are running into an April 30, 2010 deadline for tax credits, you have to read it if you have been on the […]

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Mortgage Rates Fall Slightly This Week

After rising for the past four weeks, long-term mortgage rates fell last week.  Freddie Mac reported 30- year fixed rate mortgages averaged around 5.09%, down from 5.14% last week.

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