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Fed Reserve Basics: What is the Federal Reserve?

The question ‘What is the Federal Reserve?’ has been asked countless times by countless news watchers and home owners that are trying to understand how the FED affects mortgage rates and finance in general.  Known as the Fed, this body is the independent central bank of the United States. So why all the uncertainty? Most […]

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FED Update: FOMC / FED Minutes Explained

Yesterday the Federal Open Market Committee, otherwise known as the FOMC or FED released its minutes for the March 13, 2012 FOMC meeting. These minutes outline the meeting and are typically released 3 weeks post meeting. During FOMC meetings, member discuss the state of the economy based on their most recent available data and vote on […]

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Mortgage Outlook for the Week of January 9, 2012

This week is starting off slow with little economic data being released. Two major data releases may impact mortgage rates this week with Beige Book data (relied upon by Fed during their meetings) being released on Wednesday and Retail Sales being released on Thursday. Some Fed members are speaking as well and the market is […]

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Weekly Mortgage Wrap Up for December 16, 2011

This week mortgage rates have yet again, made all time historical lows. Factors in this historic mortgage rate movement include the realization that the European debt crisis is going to take a long time to fix and slower than expected improvement in the US economy. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) Meets The Federal Open […]

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Mortgage Outlook for Week of December 12, 2011

Mortgage rates continue a push downward early this week, challenging the all time historic lows set a few months ago. This week mortgage rates movement will be based on a few key pieces of data being released, any worthy news coming out of the FOMC meeting that begins tomorrow and any new news coming out […]

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Fed Minutes: Uncertainty About Growth and Inflation

The FED (Federal Open Market Committee) released its minutes for the September meeting today. The market has noted that several FED members considered future bond purchases and suggested the market might require it, a signal of the weakness they may be seeing in the US Economy. There were also signs of disagreement among members about […]

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Yet Another Record Breaking Week for Mortgage Rates

Mortgage rates set record all time lows yet again this week on the back of more global fears about European debt default and general anxiety over the U.S. economy as a whole. While employment is an issue for many and economic data as a whole has been negative as of late, the levels that mortgage […]

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Mortgage Outlook for the Week of September 12, 2011

Mortgage rates continued to improve last week marking yet another round of record breaking low mortgage rates. Last week also marked a continuation of previous themes in the market in regards to concern over the US Economy and the Weakness of European Markets, with Greece being the focus of concern, once again. This week features […]

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Bernanke Speaks: How Does This Affect Mortgage Rates?

The past weeks have seen mortgage rates break previous lows and set new record lows. These rates have been driven down by a slew of negative economic data that has has disappointed expectations. Additionally, the lack of leadership in Congress led to an embarrassing show over the debt ceiling, which played a role in S&P […]

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Mortgage Outlook for the Week of August 22, 2011

Last week set all time record lows for mortgage rates in the United States. Factors in rates moving lower and lower over the past few weeks have been disappointing economic data and uncertainty about the health of European markets and banks. Since investors move money from equities into bonds in times of uncertainty, the end […]

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