federal reserve: What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week -March 23rd , 2020 - 03/23/20 01:06 PM
Last week’s economic reports included readings from the National Association of Home Builders on housing market conditions, Commerce Department readings on housing starts and building permits issued and  National Association of Realtors® reporting on sales of previously-owned homes.
The Federal Reserve canceled the scheduled meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee and Fed Chair’s press conference, but the Fed did lower its target federal funds rate early in the week. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and initial jobless claims were also released.
 Builder Confidence, Housing Starts and Building Permits Decrease
Builder confidence in housing market conditions dropped two index points to 72 in March. … (2 comments)

federal reserve: Mortgage News for Week of January 6th, 2014 - 01/05/14 10:21 PM
Mortgage News for Week of January 6th, 2014
 

The last week of 2013 brought relatively good news in view of the economic roller coaster rides caused by legislative impasse. A brief shutdown of federal government agencies, and nail-biting suspense over if and when the FOMC of the Federal Reserve would taper its quantitative easing program.
Last week's news was not high in volume due to the New Year holiday, but it does suggest that a general economic recovery is progressing and that housing markets are leading the "charge!". Here are the details:
The NAR's data of month-to-month reading of … (0 comments)

federal reserve: Mortgage Debt Rises For First Time Since Recession - 12/15/13 10:22 PM
Mortgage Debt Rises For First Time Since Recession
Last week was relatively quiet concerning scheduled housing-related news, but the Federal Reserve's financial accounts report, released on Monday, indicated that mortgage debt in the U.S. had increased for the first time since the first quarter (Q1) of 2008.
Mortgage debt increased by a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of $87.4 billion, or 0.90 percent. Mortgage debt remains approximately 12.00 percent below pre-recession levels.
Increasing debt is not often considered good news, but in the case of mortgage debt in today's economy, it suggests economic recovery in the form of higher home prices and fewer … (0 comments)

federal reserve: Are We Seeing Signs Of Economic Growth? - 11/20/13 10:41 PM
Are We Seeing Signs Of Economic Growth?
 
Hi, Joe Gonzalez here of the Hope Mortgage Team of Gateway Funding DMS, L.P. in Plymouth Meeting, PA. I have some interesting news to share with you this week.
The minutes of the Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee meeting held October 29 and 30 were released Wednesday. The meeting began with a report from the Manager of the System Open Market Account and included updates on developments within domestic and foreign financial markets.
According to the report, no intervention by the Federal Reserve was required on foreign currencies during the period between … (0 comments)

federal reserve: Fed Meeting Minutes - Hope Of A Stronger Economy With New Measures - 10/30/13 11:20 PM
Fed Meeting Minutes - Hope Of A Stronger Economy With New Measures
 
The Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee released its customary after-meeting statement on Wednesday. In the context of meeting its dual mandate of stabilizing pricing and achieving maximum employment.
The FOMC statement indicated that although the economy has improved in areas including household spending and labor market conditions, the national unemployment rate remains high and the housing market recovery has slowed.
Fed Says Fiscal Policy Restraining Economic Growth
The FOMC statement said that current fiscal policy and ”retrenchment” is restraining economic growth as evidenced by failure to achieve benchmarks set … (1 comments)

federal reserve: What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week-September 30, 2013 - 09/29/13 11:21 PM
What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week-September 30, 2013
 
   Last week brought a variety of housing related news. Highlights included the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index for July, which showed a 12.40 percent year-over-year increase in national home prices. This was up from 12.10 percent in June.
   The FHFA Housing Price Index reading traces home prices on properties securing mortgages owned or backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The year-over-year reading for July showed an increase of 8.80 percent as compared to a year-over-year reading of 7.80 percent in June.
   Rising mortgage rates and rising home prices … (0 comments)

federal reserve: Case Shiller Price Index Shows An Annual Growth Rate Of Home Prices - 09/25/13 12:10 AM
Case Shiller Price Index Shows An Annual Growth Rate Of Home Prices Home prices were still gaining in July, but for 15 of 20 cities included the S&P Case-Shiller 10 and 20-city Home Price Indices, the pace of increasing home prices is slowing down. National home prices rose by 1.80 percent in July as compared to 2.20 percent in June.
Home prices grew by 0.60 percent from June to July on a seasonally-adjusted basis. This was the lowest month-to-month gain since September 2012.
David Blitzer, index committee chairman of S&P Dow Jones Indices, said that higher mortgage rates are hitting the … (0 comments)

federal reserve: What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week — September 23, 2013 - 09/22/13 11:17 PM
What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week — September 23, 2013  
Last week’s economic news was dominated by the Federal Reserve’s decision not to taper its $85 billion in monthly securities purchases.
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke noted in a scheduled statement after the Federal Open Market Committee meeting that economic conditions were not yet adequately improved to withstand any decrease in the federal quantitative easing program.
The Fed also reaffirmed that the target federal funds rate would remain at 0.00 to 0.25 percent until the national unemployment rate reached 6.50 percent and inflation reaches 2.00 percent.
The national unemployment rate … (0 comments)

federal reserve: Fed Meeting Expose Mortgage Rates As Remaining Historically Low - 09/18/13 11:11 PM
Fed Meeting Expose Mortgage Rates As Remaining Historically Low  
The Federal Open Market Committee of the Federal Reserve decided not to reduce the Fed’s current quantitative easing program of purchasing $85 billion monthly in Treasury securities and mortgage-backed securities.
Going against wide expectations that the Fed would reduce the QE purchases, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said that current economic conditions aren’t strong enough to warrant tapering.
The Federal Reserve May Reduce Monthly Securities Purchases
The FOMC, which sets monetary policy for the Federal Reserve has hinted that it might soon reduce the monthly securities purchases, but has also stated that … (0 comments)

federal reserve: What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – September 16, 2013 - 09/15/13 11:13 PM
What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – September 16, 2013  
Last week didn’t feature any housing-related news other than Freddie Mac’s weekly survey of mortgage interest rates.
Reports on consumer credit, job openings and weekly jobless claims suggest that without some relief in the jobs market, Americans may be taking a “wait-and-see” stance toward buying homes.
Consumer Credit Rose By $10.40 Billion In July
The Federal Reserve reported Tuesday that revolving credit fell by an annual rate of 2.60 percent as compared to an annual decrease of 5.20 percent in June. Non-revolving consumer credit such as vehicle and education … (0 comments)

federal reserve: FOMC May Curb Economic Support Program Before Year End - 07/11/13 12:39 AM
FOMC May Curb Economic Support Program Before Year End
 
FOMC Minutes Suggest QE Tapering by Year-End
The minutes for June's meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) suggest that committee members are mostly in agreement that the current quantitative easing program (QE) should begin winding down by year end, but the committee minutes are very clear concerning the committee's intention to monitor inflation and ongoing economic and financial developments before taking action to reduce the current rate of QE.
The Fed currently purchases $85 billion monthly in Treasury securities and mortgage-backed securities (MBS). Investors fear that if the Fed … (0 comments)

federal reserve: What's Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week - June 24, 2013 - 06/24/13 12:08 AM
What's Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week - June 24, 2013
 
Comments by Fed chairman Ben Bernanke after Wednesday's FOMC meeting caused havoc in financial markets as investors anticipated the potential effects of any rollback of the Fed's policy of quantitative easing (QE). Chairman Bernanke said that the Fed may begin reducing its $85 billion monthly purchase of Treasury securities and MBS toward the end of this year.
The chairman made it clear that any decision concerning QE would be based on careful review of current and developing economic conditions. QE is intended to keep long-term interest rates low; any reduction of … (0 comments)

federal reserve: FOMC Holds Steady With Mortgage Backed Security Investment - 06/21/13 02:00 AM
FOMC Holds Steady With Mortgage Backed Security Investment
 
The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of the Federal Reserve decided to continue its current policy of quantitative easing (QE) based on current economic conditions. The Fed currently purchases $40 billion in mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and $45 billion in Treasury securities monthly.
Objectives for the QE program include:
Keeping long term interest rates, including mortgage rates, low Supporting mortgage markets Easing broader financial conditions FOMC repeated its position of evaluating QE policy based on inflation, the unemployment rate and economic developments.
Members of the FOMC determined that keeping the federal funds rate … (0 comments)

federal reserve: Fed Meeting Minutes Expose Rising Interest Rate Risk - 05/26/13 11:40 PM
Fed Meeting Minutes Expose Rising Interest Rate Risk
 
Minutes of the April/May Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) recently released may have a significant impact on mortgage rates going forward.  One significant development from the meeting suggests that the present quantitative easing (QE)  program may be modified in the near future. 
The current QE program involves the Fed purchasing $85 billion per month in mortgage backed securities (MBS) and Treasury bonds. The Fed's goal with QE is keeping long-term interest rates, including mortgage rates, low.
Considerations mentioned in favor of slowing the current QE program include concerns over “buoyant” financial markets … (0 comments)

federal reserve: Fed Considers Future of Quantitative Easing - 02/25/13 10:42 PM

Fed Considers Future of Quantitative Easing The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) released minutes from its January meeting last Wednesday, as it generally does three weeks following the most recent meeting.  
The FOMC is a committee within the Federal Reserve System tasked with overseeing the purchase and sale of US Treasury securities by the Fed.
The Federal Reserve makes key decisions regarding interest rates and looks to this committee for advice on how and when to take action.
The Future Of Quantitative Easing
One of the main topices that Fed leaders discussed was the future of its ongoing program … (0 comments)

federal reserve: The Federal Reserve and Mortgage Rates - Understanding What Causes Interest Rate Movement - 07/18/08 05:42 AM

 
 
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