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bond markets: Inside Lending---12/19/2011 - 12/19/11 10:12 AM
QUOTE OF THE WEEK..."Do what you can with what you have where you are."--Theodore Roosevelt INFO THAT HITS US WHERE WE LIVE...The famous President's sage advice from a century ago is still the appropriate approach to today's housing market. In the midst of all the media noise, it's always good to check what we do have and where we really are. For example, the Census Bureau reported that although the median sale price of new homes in October was down 15% over the last five years, it's actually up 26% over the last ten. More evidence that housing still is a good (0 comments)
bond markets: Inside Lending: Past, Present and Future - 11/14/11 11:21 AM
QUOTE OF THE WEEK…”Life will always be to a large extent what we ourselves make it.”–Samuel Smiles, Scottish author and reformer INFO THAT HITS US WHERE WE LIVE…Like life, the situation in the housing market depends on what we make of it. Last week, both options were covered in the latest quarterly report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The good option: home sales in Q3 rose in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. The negative: the median existing single-family home price rose in only 39 of 150 metro areas, declining in 111 of them. Yet the NAR chief economist (0 comments)
bond markets: Inside Lending; Past, Present and Projection - 10/03/11 12:19 PM
QUOTE OF THE WEEK..."If you only care enough for a result, you will almost certainly attain it."--William James INFO THAT HITS US WHERE WE LIVE...One result we care a lot about is a turnaround for new homes. We haven't attained it quite yet, with New Home Sales down 2.3% in August, at a 295,000 annual rate. This keeps them in the territory they've occupied since May 2010, but there were some good signs in the report. The inventory of new homes for sale fell to its lowest level on record. At the same time, the inventory of homes not yet started (1 comments)
bond markets: Inside Lending: Past, Present and Prediction - 09/28/11 10:30 AM
"Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have."--Zig Ziglar, American author and motivational speaker INFO THAT HITS US WHERE WE LIVE...To help the economy succeed, the Fed is certainly using its ability to the max. Coming out of the FOMC meeting Wednesday, the Fed announced "Operation Twist"--a strategy of selling its short-term securities to buy long-term bonds to drive down long term interest rates, especially for mortgages. This latest Fed effort to help the housing market is great news for anyone thinking of buying a home, as mortgage rates should stay very very low. Wednesday's other great news for (0 comments)
bond markets: Inside Lending - 09/06/11 10:51 AM
QUOTE OF THE WEEK..."Believing in progressdoes not mean believing that any progress has yet been made."--Franz KafkaINFO THAT HITS US WHERE WE LIVE...Major progress has yet to be made inthe housing recovery, but we can keep believing in it, since the dataisn't all negative. For example, Pending Homes Sales (contracts onexisting homes) were down 1.3% in July, but were UP 2.4% in June, so ExistingHome Sales should be up for August. In addition, July's reading was UP14.4% over last year. The National Association of Realtors chiefeconomist said, "rising rents, record high affordability conditions andinvestors buying real estate as a future inflation (0 comments)
bond markets: Inside Lending - 07/20/11 03:07 PM
Review of Last Week DEBT WORRIES WOBBLE STOCKS...The word of the week was "debt" as investors worried about both Italy's sovereign debt problems and the inability of the politicians in Washington to get to agreement on raising the U.S. debt ceiling. With these uncertainties, stocks wobbled off their high perch and all three indexes sank for the week, the broad-based S&P 500 down 2%. The FOMC Minutes from the Fed's last meeting revealed a divided committee. Some officials feel the central bank "might have to consider providing additional monetary stimulus" if the recovery remains slow. Others think inflation threats could cause (0 comments)
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