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So last week we were on our own discussing the current market trends locally.
This week’s news was heavy on housing. The pending home sales index is down for a 5th month in row, pointing to further declines for final sales of existing homes which have already fallen for 2 months in a row. The National Association of Realtors attributes some of the October weakness to the rise underway in home prices. Meanwhile speaking of escalating home prices the FHFA house price index rose 0.3 percent after increasing 0.4 percent in August. The latest figure came in below analysts' forecast for a 0.4 percent gain. The year over year rate for September came in at 8.5 percent, matching the pace in August. Further evidence is shown in Case Shiller whose 20-city index rose an adjusted 1.0 percent in September vs monthly gains of 0.9 percent and 0.6 percent in the prior two months. Very respectable gains swept all 20 cities for the second month in a row, led this time by Atlanta at plus 1.9 percent followed by a string of cities out West where S&P says there's talk now of a housing bubble. The year over year rate tells the same story -- accelerating appreciation. This show would not be the same if I did not pick on at least one bank so the next article covered multiple banks. With legal fees and fines surpassing $100 billion dollars the article goes on to explain that the banks involved are fine. Really? Since $100 billion dollars didn’t put a dent in their balance sheets think about what would have happened if they spent the money to keep people in their homes. Values would not have dropped and there would be no need for HARP or the term underwater. Since the banks have done nothing for people maybe you should move your money to your credit union. Just a thought on the day after giving thanks.
Today we are on my own to discuss the new normal again. I just saw a new opportunity to help underwater homeowners and look forward to being able to help more people.
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Each week we discuss the myths of the mortgage market. It is not about rate. A higher rate with no mortgage insurance may provide a lower payment.