Mortgage Rates Increase An improving economic outlook was unfavorable for mortgage rates this week. The Dow stock index reached a new high for the year, as investors shifted funds from bonds to stocks. Weaker than average demand for the 7-yr Treasury auction also helped push mortgage rates a little higher. The economic data released during…
“We’re looking at ideas on how to create jobs. This creates jobs in that (one-year) window of time.”–Rep. Harold Brubaker (R-Randolph) speaking about the merits of HB 485 New Home Purchase Stimulus.
Q&A: Impact on Credit Scores? QUESTION: Can a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) impact my credit score? ANSWER: Credit expert Linda Ferrari (author of “THE BIG SCORE: Getting It and Keeping It, Buying Power for Life”) explains that HELOCs are commonly categorized as revolving accounts. As a result, they are rated using the “Balance to…
That is because home loan rates are tied to Mortgage Backed Securities, which are a type of Bond. So as Bond prices improve, so do home loan rates. The simple truth is when inflation or just the fear of inflation grows, both Bonds and home loan rates take a turn for the worse. That’s because lower Bond prices are needed to give Bond investors juicier yields that will help out-pace inflation.
One news item that pressured Bonds lower last week was word that inflation in the United Kingdom (UK) jumped to the highest level in two years in February. Remember, inflation is the archenemy of Bonds, and inflation around the globe seeps into the US.
Today’s historic low real estate prices in Raleigh North Carolina and the surrounding areas along with similarly low rates have made homeownership the best tool or hedge against inflation the average person can use to protect themselves from the imminent rising prices. If you have been waiting for the bottom, this loan officer is going on the record as saying THIS IS IT! Of course we will have no way of knowing that to be true until we look back six months from now and see that I was right, but by then it will be too late and you will have missed the best opportunity to have bought real estate in easily 30 or more years!
Remember, housing will likely be in a much better position in the second half of the year and at that time rates could be a bit higher. Now’s the time to take advantage of the combination of low rates and affordable housing.
This increase could cost your buyers more money each month for their total monthly mortgage payment. What can your buyers do? If they are close to contract, advise them to buy now before the new mortgage insurance premium takes effect. They must have an active loan application for the subject property prior to April 18, 2011.
Even if you use traditional credit very little, now you can build a good history by having your rent payments reported to the credit bureau.
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