Rates and the Economy

Mortgage and Lending with Oceanside Mortgage Group Inc


It is hard to believe that we are in the final lap of February 2008! This time next year we will be led by a new president. I hope who ever is elected will be able to help our industry. On my side I would love to see mortgage rates at an all time low again. I think this will help the general economy. This mornings economic news is kinda mixed so I have no clue how this is going to effect daily mortgage interest rates today? Usually bad economic news will send a positive message to investors to buy more secure investments, like the fixed treasury market. These markets with the mortgage backed security markets help define daily rates. Most peoples are surprise (who are not in the biz) to find out that, when the fed cuts rates, it sometimes has little impact to the mortgage market. Meaning rates may not go down at all. This last rate drop we saw rates actually climb! Also, most folks are surprised when they find out that rates sometimes can change 2-3 times per day, up or down. At this moment it looks like rates are ticking a bit up, but I think they will level and drop as more economic data is released later this month.


I have no idea why I decided to write blog today since I'm not ranting about something... I guess I'm getting swamped with question on why rates are not dropping faster with all of the recent Fed Cuts...


Any mystics out there want to take a gander on if the Fed is going to continue its rate cut pattern??



Thanks for your time



Comments (2)

Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

(polishing the crystal ball) Got this baby at a garage sale...think it works.   Yes..I can see rates dropping a little more but heck, they are pretty special right now in my book.  I see you buying a new vehicle too because of huge right offs for new vehicle...thanks to another part of the Economic Stimulus Act Of 2008.  As my dad always said...these are the best of times if we know what to do do, and with a little homework.  We will all look back and remember the good old days...2008 is going to be the good old days eventually.  Whoops..crystal ball over heating...gotta shut it down.

Feb 19, 2008 02:47 AM
Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY
Personally, I don't think they have much choice since it is an election year!  That will play a role.  The lack of liquidity is critical and over rides inflation fears - just my opinion.
Feb 19, 2008 03:24 AM