Please enjoy this quick update on what happened this week in the housing and financial markets. Rates, including those for mortgage loans, hovered near historic lows in 2019 and helped propel the stock market to record highs. Stocks in 2019 gained almost 29%, the most since 2013. Confidence among consumers climbed to the highest level in 5 months in December, as Americans grew more optimistic about the economy and their personal finances. Jobless claims dropped to a 4-week low at the end of last year, the latest signs that the labor market remains robust. This was the 3rd straight drop in unemployment filings. ...READ MORE
What Perceptions Might be Keeping you from Saving Money with a Refinance? "I've read that the rate needs to be 1% or 2% lower than my current one." When average loan amounts were much lower, it took a much bigger drop in rates to achieve tangible savings. Today, even small rate differences can make a big impact. The best way to determine value is to simply divide your costs by your savings. This provides a "break-even" period, and if you know you'll be using your loan past this point, the rest is pure benefit. "I haven't yet reached the break-even point from my last refi." That may...READ MORE
Please enjoy this quick update on what happened this week in the housing and financial markets. Orders for durable goods (products designed to last at least 3 years) fell 2% in November from October. This is the biggest month-over-month decline since May. Stock indexes ticked higher in holiday-thinned trading as investors looked ahead to a promised trade breakthrough between the world’s biggest economies in January. Jobless claims fell last week in a sign of ongoing labor market strength. Claims have been volatile in recent weeks around the holiday season and end of the year. New home sales...READ MORE
Have you checked out home price gains recently? In the most recent quarterly report released by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, all states in the union experienced growth in property values. In fact, average growth in home prices is positive for every state whether you look at 3-month, 1-year, 5-year, 10-year or 30-year averages. What does this mean for you? It reaffirms the potential for growth in your home's value. Even if you've tried before and couldn't, it can open doors for refinancing . You may be able to access cash or save on payments and mortgage insurance. It reassures you that short-term...READ MORE
Please enjoy this quick update on what happened this week in the housing and financial markets. A phase one trade deal with China was announced late last week and is expected to be signed in January. Trade talk headlines have caused volatility in mortgage rates. Manufacturing data this week points to increased orders, shipments and work hours for employees. Easing trade tensions likely support a turnaround in manufacturing. Jobless claims dropped from a 2-year high last week, pointing to sustained labor market strength. Claims remain near the lowest levels in about...READ MORE
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