For the week of Dec 13, 2010 — Vol. 8, Issue 50
|Last Week in Review: Are rates going to come back? Here’s a break down of possible scenarios!|
Forecast for the Week: Get ready for a busy week. Find out what you should watch.
View: Know someone in college or headed there soon? Watch the video below for tips to avoid unexpected college costs.
|Last Week in Review|
|“Where do we go from here?” That question from Alicia Keys’ song is on the minds of many Americans, as they wonder where home loan rates are headed after the recent negative news for Bonds.|
Last week, Congress was busy at work on negotiations to extend the Bush-era tax cuts. That news kept a lid on any improvement for Bonds and home loan rates, due to the prospect of an ever-increasing deficit.
And adding to the troubles for Bonds and home loan rates last week was news that inflation is growing in China… and growing fast. How does that impact us? Remember, it’s a global economy, so Bond prices all over the world worsen on news of inflation, which is bad for home loan rates.
So the big question is: Will home loan rates go back down?
Although rates are still near historic lows, they have been headed up… and indications are that those unbelievably low home loan rates may be behind us. In fact, there are only a few things that would bring back the lows that we saw in early November:
Realistically, the chances of these events happening are unlikely – and in the end, rates may see some brief and fleeting improvements, but many experts believe they will likely continue to creep up over time. And when you include the stimulative action of extending the present tax rates and adding further cuts, it’s tough to see Bonds or home loan rates improving much.
The good news is that home loan rates are still extremely attractive and are still near historic lows for now. If you or someone you know has been thinking about purchasing or refinancing a home, NOW is the time to call or email to get started.
|Forecast for the Week|
Get ready for a busy week of economic reports and news that could impact home loan rates!
Remember: Weak economic news normally causes money to flow out of Stocks and into Bonds, helping Bonds and home loan rates improve, while strong economic news normally has the opposite result.
The chart below shows the recent direction of Bonds – and, therefore, home loan rates. The important thing to note is the downward trend, which shows how Bond pricing and therefore home loan rates continued to worsen last week.
Fortunately, there’s still time to lock in at near historic lows. It only takes a few minutes to see if this makes sense for you, or one of your friends, family members, neighbors, clients or coworkers. Call or email today, and I’ll be happy to help right away.
Chart: Fannie Mae 4.0% Mortgage Bond (Friday, December 10, 2010)
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|Surprise: More College Expenses! Here’s How to Avoid Them…|
College tuition costs are staggering these days – and so are some of the college-related expenses that you may not be expecting. Watch this video from Kiplinger.com on unexpected college expenses to come up with ways to avoid those indirect costs.
Whether you’re planning to send a child to college soon or you know a student in college this year that has already experienced some of these unexpected costs, this video is invaluable!
Economic Calendar for the Week of December 13-17, 2010
Remember, as a general rule, weaker than expected economic data is good for rates, while positive data causes rates to rise.
Economic Calendar for the Week of December 13 – December 17