rates: U.S. Treasury Notes Advance as Drop in Stocks Increases Demand - 01/26/08 02:16 AM
Treasury notes gained, posting their sixth straight weekly advance, as a decline in stocks fueled concern that the U.S. economy will fall into recession. Traders pushed U.S. government debt to the best start to a year in two decades on speculation the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates by as much as a half-percentage point Jan. 30. Volatility in Treasuries reached the highest in a decade this week as policy makers slashed their target in an emergency move, while stocks had the longest slide since 2002.
The 10-year note yield dropped 14 basis points today to 3.57 percent. The yield touched … (1 comments)

rates: AWESOME FHA NEWS!!! NEW HIGHER LIMITS!!! - 01/26/08 02:09 AM
As part of the economic stimulus package being negotiated by House Democratsand the Treasury Department, Fannie and Freddie loan limits will increasedfor one year up to $730,000. The increase will be adjusted for local marketsat 125% of local median home price. The move will significantly improveliquidity and pricing in the jumbo market. The agreement also includesraising the FHA loan limits to the same amount. We are trying to confirmwhether the other provisions of FHA reform will be included (such aslowering downpayment requirements). But at a minimum, the loan limits willbe increased.This represents an agreement in principle and must still go through … (0 comments)

rates: Countrywide New "Soft Market" Policy Changes - 01/26/08 02:07 AM
I recieved this e-mail and thought I'd pass it along...
Looks like teh declining housing market is here to stay for awile....and the lenders know it!
As you are well aware, 2008 is forecasted to be a challenging year for the mortgage industry, characterized by a declining Housing Price Index in a wide variety of metropolitan markets. In the context of the prominent threat to our industry of collateral values falling below outstanding loan balances, mortgage professionals must strive to ensure that borrowers do not take on loans that they do not have the ability or economic interest to repay. Because of these … (7 comments)

rates: Treasuries Decline as Stimulus Plan Reduces Demand For Debt - 01/24/08 04:35 AM
Treasuries Decline as Stimulus Plan, Stocks Dim Demand for Debt (edit/delete)
Ten-year Treasury notes fell for a second day as gains in stocks drew investors from government debt, pushing yields up from close to the lowest since 2003. Demand for the relative safety of U.S. notes and bonds waned on speculation that further cuts in borrowing costs by the Federal Reserve and an economic stimulus package will avert a recession.
Losses in Treasuries were limited as a report showed the nation's housing slump deepened. Purchases of existing homes fell 2.2 percent to an annual rate of 4.89 million, the National Association of … (0 comments)

rates: Treasuries Decline as Stimulus Plan, Stocks Dim Demand for Debt - 01/24/08 04:31 AM
Ten-year Treasury notes fell for a second day as gains in stocks drew investors from government debt, pushing yields up from close to the lowest since 2003. Demand for the relative safety of U.S. notes and bonds waned on speculation that further cuts in borrowing costs by the Federal Reserve and an economic stimulus package will avert a recession.
Losses in Treasuries were limited as a report showed the nation's housing slump deepened. Purchases of existing homes fell 2.2 percent to an annual rate of 4.89 million, the National Association of Realtors said today. For all of 2007, sales of single-family homes … (1 comments)

rates: Fed Cuts The rate .75 Percentage Point! - 01/22/08 01:08 AM
The Federal Reserve lowered its benchmark interest rate in an emergency move for the first time since 2001 after stock markets tumbled from Hong Kong to London and the U.S. economy showed increasing signs that it's headed into a recession. The central bank cut the target overnight lending rate to 3.5 percent from 4.25 percent
(I was guessing 1/2)  :-)
Policy makers weren't even scheduled to gather until next week! It's the biggest single reduction since the Fed began using the rate as the principal tool of monetary policy around 1990.
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rates: Fed Cuts Rate .75 Percentage Point! - 01/22/08 01:06 AM
The Federal Reserve lowered its benchmark interest rate in an emergency move for the first time since 2001 after stock markets tumbled from Hong Kong to London and the U.S. economy showed increasing signs that it's headed into a recession. The central bank cut the target overnight lending rate to 3.5 percent from 4.25 percent
(I was guessing 1/2)  :-)
Policy makers weren't even scheduled to gather until next week! It's the biggest single reduction since the Fed began using the rate as the principal tool of monetary policy around 1990.
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rates: Aurora Loan Services-Lehman Brothers...Last Day To Submit. Closing Doors! - 01/18/08 01:03 AM
Well...It's official!
Got the "official e-mail" ...  even though corporate actually dropped the bomb yesterday at 10am. My file with them must fund by the 25th. That is the day that my lock expires and there will be NO MORE lock extensions! Today is the last day to submit a new loan to them and you can only lock for 30 days.
Here's the e-mail...
Dear valued clients:
Aurora Loan Services' parent company, Lehman Brothers, announced today that it will substantially reduce its resources and capacity in the U.S. residential mortgage origination space in light of the dislocation in the mortgage markets. As a result, … (2 comments)

rates: The Rate Cuts Are Coming...The Rate Cuts Are Coming!! - 01/16/08 03:49 AM
Treasuries fell as higher-than- forecast reports on inflation and industrial production may reduce speculation the Federal Reserve will lower borrowing costs by more than a half-percentage point this month. Yields on benchmark 10-year notes were near the lowest level in more than four years. The housing slowdown and losses on securities linked to subprime mortgages have led investors to push the yields down in the past month by the most in more than two decades on bets the economy will fall into recession.
There are even talks that the FED may come in with an inter-meeting rate cut!!
Some analysts are even … (7 comments)

rates: Treasuries Fall on Higher-Than-Forecast Inflation - 01/16/08 03:47 AM
Treasuries fell as higher-than- forecast reports on inflation and industrial production may reduce speculation the Federal Reserve will lower borrowing costs by more than a half-percentage point this month. Yields on benchmark 10-year notes were near the lowest level in more than four years. The housing slowdown and losses on securities linked to subprime mortgages have led investors to push the yields down in the past month by the most in more than two decades on bets the economy will fall into recession.
There are even talks that the FED may come in with an inter-meeting rate cut!!
Some analysts are even … (0 comments)

rates: Branding Yourself...Give Yourself an Edge! - 01/16/08 03:41 AM
"A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hardthings well."Jeff Bezos (1964 - ) Founder Amazon.comAmericans are having 3.5 billion brand-related conversations per day. Are they talking about your brand?  Are they talking about you?  You are a brand!According to recent findings <http://m1e.net/c?50136946-BK1jjTsGTvytY%402950489-a.kT247ovJ8Lk>  unveiled at the Word-of-Mouth conference in Las Vegas in November, spending on word-of-mouth marketing grew to $981 million in 2006, an increase of 35.9%. Word-of-Mouth marketing grew more than the overall marketing services category (7.7%) and the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (5.7%) in the same 12-month period.Word-of-Mouth … (1 comments)

rates: Branding....Giving You The Edge! - 01/16/08 03:40 AM
A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hardthings well.Americans are having 3.5 billion brand-related conversations per day. Are they talking about your brand?  Are they talking about you?  You are a brand!According to recent findings <http://m1e.net/c?50136946-BK1jjTsGTvytY%402950489-a.kT247ovJ8Lk>  unveiled at the Word-of-Mouth conference in Las Vegas in November, spending on word-of-mouth marketing grew to $981 million in 2006, an increase of 35.9%. Word-of-Mouth marketing grew more than the overall marketing services category (7.7%) and the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (5.7%) in the same 12-month period.Word-of-Mouth spending is expected to reach $3.7 … (0 comments)

rates: FNMA EA LEVELS CHANGING TO 620 MINIMUM FICO!! - 01/14/08 02:23 AM
I just recieved an e-mail from one of my lenders (GMAC)....he says that that all FNMA products will be changing as soon as tomorrow!
(from e-mail:)
ALL EA LEVELS AND MY COMMUNITY IS CHANGING TOMORROW, FANNIE IS CHANGING THE MIN FICO TOMORROW, RUN AND LOCK THESE LOANS TODAY.  THEY ARE SAYING MIN FICO @ 620!
If this is true, a lot of deals will be lost to 580 - 620 borrowers who are pre-approved and actively looking for houses! KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN!!
This change is significant enough to remind me of last year when sub-prime lenders were falling out and guidelines changed so … (4 comments)

rates: FNMA CHANGING TOMORROW TO 620 MID FICO!!! BUYERS "QUALIFIED"?! - 01/14/08 02:22 AM
I just recieved an e-mail from one of my lenders (GMAC)....he says that that all FNMA products will be changing as soon as tomorrow!
(from e-mail:)
ALL EA LEVELS AND MY COMMUNITY IS CHANGING TOMORROW, FANNIE IS CHANGING THE MIN FICO TOMORROW, RUN AND LOCK THESE LOANS TODAY.  THEY ARE SAYING MIN FICO @ 620!
If this is true, a lot of deals will be lost to 580 - 620 borrowers who are pre-approved and actively looking for houses! KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN!!
This change is significant enough to remind me of last year when sub-prime lenders were falling out and guidelines changed so … (0 comments)

rates: FNMA EA LEVELS ARE CHANGING TO 620 FICO!? REALTORS MUST KNOW! - 01/14/08 02:20 AM
I just recieved an e-mail from one of my lenders (GMAC)....he says that that all FNMA products will be changing as soon as tomorrow!
(from e-mail:)
ALL EA LEVELS AND MY COMMUNITY IS CHANGING TOMORROW, FANNIE IS CHANGING THE MIN FICO TOMORROW, RUN AND LOCK THESE LOANS TODAY.  THEY ARE SAYING MIN FICO @ 620!
If this is true, a lot of deals will be lost to 580 - 620 borrowers who are pre-approved and actively looking for houses! KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN!!
This change is significant enough to remind me of last year when sub-prime lenders were falling out and guidelines changed so … (2 comments)

rates: Two-Year Treasuries Rise as Bernanke Cites `Downside Risks' - 01/10/08 05:48 AM
Treasury two-year notes rose, pushing yields toward a three-year low, as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke signaled the central bank may cut borrowing costs this month to offset ``downside risks.''
MAY cut most likely means, WILL cut!
Traders increased bets the central bank will reduce borrowing costs by a half-percentage point on Jan. 30 as Bernanke gave his first assessment of the economy since the Fed's Dec. 11 meeting.
With any luck, maybe these low rates will spur home sales!
:-)
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rates: Credit Card New Year's Resolution Ideas - 01/08/08 01:25 AM
Check all of your credit cards that you carry balances on to confirm the current rate. You may be surprised to see that some of these rates are higher than you recall. Remember that credit card rates can be changed very frequently and easily by the issuer, and rarely in your favor. And even better - give me a call to check your overall debt structure, and let's ensure that it makes sense based on your current financial goals.
Usually, just a quick call to your CC company to the # on the back of the card is enough to get them … (1 comments)

rates: Foreclosures...WHO REALLY LOSES? - 01/08/08 01:23 AM
Over the past several months a steady stream of large financial companies have given notice of large losses that they are sustaining as a result of the credit crunch and sub-prime mortgage market issues. So the question is, who really loses when a company or in this case an industry loses a lot of money?
Clearly, it is rarely the CEO of the firm. And obviously, it is initially the shareholders in the company, as the value of their investments plummet. But who really pays the price in the end...and how? Well, as many Americans are finding, the buck stops with the … (0 comments)

rates: Treasuries Post Best Start Since 2001 on Unemployment - 01/05/08 04:01 AM
The Treasury market had its best start to a year since 2001 after U.S. unemployment rose to the highest rate in more than two years and manufacturing expectedly contracted.
The Federal Reserve will cut borrowing costs by a half-percentage point more than forecast to prevent a recession. Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and six other policy makers speak about the economy next week.
Bernanke will speak on financial markets, the economic outlook and monetary policy in Washington on Jan. 10.
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rates: Fed May Not Avoid a Recession Even With More Rate Cuts - 01/05/08 03:56 AM
Bill Gross, manager of the world's biggest bond fund, said the Federal Reserve may not be able to avoid a recession even if central bank policy makers lower borrowing costs by at least another percentage point.
Wow! Scary News for sure!
Hiring in the U.S. slowed more than forecast in December and unemployment jumped to a two-year high.
The central bank has reduced its target for the overnight lending rate between banks three times since Sept. 18, bringing the rate to 4.25 percent.
Look for at LEAST a 1/2 point rate cut on January 30th. This is what they should have done at … (4 comments)

 

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