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Important Jobs Report Coming Out This Week!

The upward trend that we’ve seen for rates over the last four weeks continued last week, according to the latest survey of average mortgage rates by Freddie Mac. Fortunately, the inflation data that came out last week – the PCE Index, which is the Fed’s favorite gauge of inflation – met expectations at 2.8 percent

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Lots of Factors at Play in Markets This Week…

The positive economic readings of the last week – like robust retail sales, low unemployment, and healthy GDP (gross domestic product) – caused rates to tick up slightly, according to the latest survey of average rates by Freddie Mac. However, rates remain in a narrow range, not bouncing around too much.  According to Sam Khater,

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New Year, New Home? Home Affordability on the Rise!

Happy New Year! May 2024 be your best year yet! On that note, if you’re planning a home purchase, mortgage rates have dropped to their best levels since last May. And interestingly, the 10-year Treasury Note – which mortgage rates often follow – ended 2023 at similar levels as it started 2023. Mortgage rates behaved

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Thankful for This Good News…

So much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, including a third straight week of improving mortgage rates, making right now an incredible opportunity to pop back into the housing market if you’ve been waiting on the sidelines. Rates have improved, but we haven’t yet seen a rush of home buyers increasing competition and prices as

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Balance in Housing Market Continues to Improve for Buyers

As we’ve been pointing out, the housing market is shifting and the data I’m seeing continues to provide proof. Realtor.com reported that the time homes for sale are on the market increased 5 days more than last year at the same time, however, homes are still selling 22 days faster than they did pre-pandemic.  Home

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Important Fed Meeting & Jobs Report This Week

This week’s Fed Meeting is taking center stage as a driver of the direction of markets and mortgage rates. As a move to combat inflation, the Fed is anticipated to raise the Fed Funds Rate (the lending rate it charges banks) by .50 percent. This will likely ripple through the lending and investment markets. To

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