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2018 

Lock Watch for the Week of 12/31/2018 Volatility-O-Meter:Another short week, but therefore more potential for volatility and amid a stalemate in Washington. Economicalendar (all times are Pacific):Mon, 12/31:      Dallas Fed Mfg Survey (7:30am).Tues, 1/1:     Markets Closed.Weds, 1/2:     PMI Mfg...
12/31/2018
The Impact of a Government Shutdown on the Mortgage Process  If you are a Federal worker, then you don't need to hear it from me.  Dealing with the government shut down interjects uncertainty into your life and can cause financial stress.  If it's any consolation, the same holds true for the mort...
12/27/2018
Lock Watch for the Week of 12/24/2018 Volatility-O-Meter:It's a holiday week and we don't know if the President will fire the Fed chairman.  Can't we just all take a vacation? Economicalendar (all times are Pacific):Mon, 12/24:      2-Yr Note Auction (8:30am).Tues, 12/25:     Markets Closed.Weds,...
12/24/2018
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (to Get Gift Funds)  It's that time of year again when holiday gift giving is on everyone's mind.  But you know me, compulsive mortgage professional, I want to focus on  but a single aspect of the loan process --- gift funds--- this same form of largesse that i...
12/18/2018
Lock Watch for the Week of 12/17/2018 Volatility-O-Meter:FOMC statement and virtual certainty of another rate hike (.25%).  This will not surprise anyone, but against the backdrop of recent market volatility, the ensuing statement could.  Then, GDP on Friday. Economicalendar (all times are Pacifi...
12/17/2018
How to Get Rid of PMI on Your Mortgage Nearly every home buyer initially hates the "P" word --- PMI, or private mortgage insurance.  Years and years of conditioning have taught generations upon generations of first-time buyers that PMI is something to be avoided at all costs, and even though I da...
12/12/2018
Lock Watch for the Week of 12/10/2018 Volatility-O-Meter:Key inflation reports mid-week will help set the direction.  Recent market (stock and bond) volatility has largely played into a narrative that the Fed may reduce number of forthcoming rate increases, but if inflation comes in hot, I expect...
12/10/2018
Each Year I Conform a Little More If you know me, you know that I don't like to stick to convention.  I was the teenager who skipped college, moved to Hollywood and played rock guitar.  In my 20's, I saved up vacation time not for sandy white beaches but instead for expeditions to the harsh mount...
12/05/2018
Lock Watch for the Week of 12/3/2018 Volatility-O-Meter:As expected, the week is opening with an attempt to make sense of how the G20/China trade truce may play out. Economicalendar (all times are Pacific):Mon, 12/3:      PMI Mfg Index (6:45am), ISM Mfg Index and Construction Spending (7am).Tues,...
12/03/2018
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