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Fed Reserve Basics: What is the Federal Reserve?

The question ‘What is the Federal Reserve?’ has been asked countless times by countless news watchers and home owners that are trying to understand how the FED affects mortgage rates and finance in general.  Known as the Fed, this body is the independent central bank of the United States. So why all the uncertainty? Most […]

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FED Update: FOMC / FED Minutes Explained

Yesterday the Federal Open Market Committee, otherwise known as the FOMC or FED released its minutes for the March 13, 2012 FOMC meeting. These minutes outline the meeting and are typically released 3 weeks post meeting. During FOMC meetings, member discuss the state of the economy based on their most recent available data and vote on […]

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Mortgage Outlook for the Week of January 9, 2012

This week is starting off slow with little economic data being released. Two major data releases may impact mortgage rates this week with Beige Book data (relied upon by Fed during their meetings) being released on Wednesday and Retail Sales being released on Thursday. Some Fed members are speaking as well and the market is […]

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Weekly Mortgage Wrap Up for December 16, 2011

This week mortgage rates have yet again, made all time historical lows. Factors in this historic mortgage rate movement include the realization that the European debt crisis is going to take a long time to fix and slower than expected improvement in the US economy. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) Meets The Federal Open […]

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Mortgage Outlook for Week of December 12, 2011

Mortgage rates continue a push downward early this week, challenging the all time historic lows set a few months ago. This week mortgage rates movement will be based on a few key pieces of data being released, any worthy news coming out of the FOMC meeting that begins tomorrow and any new news coming out […]

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Mortgage Outlook for the Week of October 31, 2011

Although there was volatility in the market last week, when all was said and done, mortgage rates remained flat for the week. Last week it looked as though a deal was in place to prevent the much feared debt default in the Eurozone. This week there appears to be doubt about the proposed “solution”, which […]

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Federal Reserve Minutes Indicate Higher Mortgage Rates Coming

The Federal Reserve released notes from the June 21-22 Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting on Tuesday, shedding light on the FOMC’s current observations of the market and how it will be adjusting its activities moving forward. This release of minutes is one of eight releases the Fed meets, following each of the eight Fed […]

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Mortgage Outlook for the Week of June 27, 2011

We start the week off in a positive direction for mortgage rates stemming from multiple positive economic events last week. The first event was good news regarding Greece’s debt issues as the country looks to pass an act that will lay out a plan for remaining solvent and keep other European nations and the IMF […]

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Weekly Mortgage Outlook for June 6, 2011

There are very few notable economic events taking place this week on the Economic Calendar that might affect rates this week. Fortunately, it looks like rates will continue to sustain their current levels based on the disappointing economic data that was released last week. This provides yet another great window for being able to take […]

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How Recent Market Changes Can Affect You

As the Real Estate and financial markets continue to move up and down, mortgage rates can also be affected. Since mortgage rates are more closely tied to the bond markets, an up or down move in the stock market may not have the result in mortgage rates that one might expects. In fact, many times […]

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