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Mortgage Market and Rate Watch For Week of August 18th, 2008
What To Watch This Week?
I’ve said it before, I’m going to say it’s true this week as well. Stocks will likely play a part in which direction things go this week. With oil prices on the decline, it also looks like the US dollar could be looking a little more attractive. This is also good for mortgage rates.
Besides all of the day to day market activity, there are also a bunch of economic reports coming out. If I had to pick two reports that would likely move the market this week, they would likely be:
- Producer Price Index - Tuesday - This is always a great report to indicate the inflation in the wholesale side of business. Again, simple rule of thumb - if inflation is higher, mortgage rates will likely move in the same direction (there are exceptions).
- Philly Fed Index - Thursday - This report is a summary of the tri-state area Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. It is a summary of manufacturing in the area. Remember, strong economic news = bad for mortgage rates. The inverse is also true.
You Can Stay Updated!
I’ll be following things as they happen with live mortgage bond quotes and do what I can to keep everyone informed through Twitter. My clients always get the advice first, so I’ll try to filter though as quickly as I can.
Here’s this week’s economic calendar:
As a Consumer, How Do You Keep Posted on the News?
I’ll do my best to keep you posted throughout the week via Twitter. If you’re interested in finding out more about what effects mortgage rates and which direction they’re headed, feel free to follow me!
Work With Mortgage Professionals In The Advice Business
It’s important to recognize that advice is extremely valuable when looking for a mortgage. The right advice can literally save you thousands of dollars, while the wrong advice can cost you the same. Some mortgage professionals really don’t know what mortgage rates are based on, period. If you want to get the best deal, having a professional that can give you that type of advice is extremely important.
Why Am I Posting A Calendar?
I provide this weekly news update because too often when we’re shopping around, we ask the wrong questions. The first thing you’ve got to have your antenna up on is economic news if you want to have any idea what direction rates are moving.
So You Say, What Are Mortgage Rates Currently?
I get this question all too often. If I’m being fair.. and honest (which is my policy). I would be doing you a huge disservice to just quote a rate.
Truth be told, there are literally 27 different factors that go into a custom rate quote. There are also thousands of programs (constantly changing as well). It’s extremely important that you are educated on what is available and most importantly what is the best mortgage plan for you to personally implement.
It’s natural to have a list of questions. I’d love to help work through them with you and educate you on what you need to know about the mortgage process. I can help with everything from how to pre-qualified to what to do after closing (where I will continue working for you)!
It’s what we do, and it would be my honor to add you to our list of raving fan clients. If you’re currently looking for a mortgage loan or know someone that might have questions about one, please have them contact me. I’d be happy to assist them. It’s literally what I love doing! I promise to take great care.