Category Archives: Rates

FHA Needs A Bailout, Raising Mortgage Premiums

So far taxpayers have been on the hook for only a couple of billion dollars for the FHA. Mortgage insurance is a rotten business. It almost took down AIG. Only a massive $100 billion from the government (now repaid) kept … Continue reading

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Legislating Away Unpleasant Foreclosures

California’s Attorney General has called for a halt to foreclosures in the state. Such a move would gum up the free market, render housing business less efficient, and make investors less likely to put money into housing. Ahh, but it … Continue reading

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Fannie Mae Wants $4.6 Billion

President Obama’s plan to allow underwater homeowners to refinance their mortgages is only going to further drain government resources to prop up the housing industry. Over the next three years, Congress will be expected to pony up another $100 billion … Continue reading

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Dow Jones Near Record Highs, Mortgage Rates Stay At Record Lows

A lack of demand for new mortgages is keeping rates around record lows, under 4% on 30-year fixed rate mortgages for folks with great credit scores. There’s yet to be an uptick in home sales as a result of these … Continue reading

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Despite Record Low Mortgage Interest Rates, Mortgage Applications Declined Last Week

Interest rates aren’t everything when it comes to considering a mortgage. A more important consideration might be the state of the economy and an honest reckoning of one’s own prospects. Not many economists see economic growth ahead for several years. … Continue reading

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Freddie Mac Bets Against Homeowners

When the government owns or controls more of the economy, different parts of the government start working against each other. Freddie Mac has an incentive to reduce its losses and its taxpayer bailouts. The wider economy has an interest in … Continue reading

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Obama’s Refinancing Plan Causes Mortgage Bonds To Fall In Value

President Obama’s plan will make it easy for homeowners who are underwater on their mortgage to refinance into a low-interest mortgage. This is pushing down the value of mortgage-backed securities and increasing pressure for a rise in mortgage interest rates, … Continue reading

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President Obama’s Plan To Boost The Housing Market

With the housing market in the doldrums, it is difficult to have an economic recovery. Home prices are on average one-third below where they were in 2006. Mortgage interest rates are at record lows but most of the homeowners who … Continue reading

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Mortgage Interest Rates Hit Record Lows

With the economy in the doldrums, demand for mortgage loans weak, the home market staggering, banks have reduced mortgage interest rates to record lows. This has had a mild effect on the housing market, preventing home prices from falling further. … Continue reading

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Mortgage Interest Rates, Home Sales Rise

These two indicators often run together. With increased demand for home buys and mortgages, interest rates rise. With fewer people interested in buying homes and taking on mortgages, interest rates fall. Record low interest rates have not been enough to … Continue reading

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