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Question #5 for 2018: Will the Fed raise rates in 2018, and if so, by how much?

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Question #5 for 2018: Will the Fed raise rates in 2018, and if so, by how much?

Earlier I posted some questions for next year: Ten Economic Questions for 2018. I’m adding some thoughts, and maybe some predictions for each question. 5) Monetary Policy:  The Fed raised rates three times in 2017 and started to reduce their balance sheet. The Fed is forecasting three more rate hikes in 2018.  Some analysts...
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“Mortgage Rates Sideways to Slightly Higher”

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“Mortgage Rates Sideways to Slightly Higher”

From Matthew Graham at Mortgage News Daily: Mortgage Rates Sideways to Slightly Higher Mortgage rates were unchanged to slightly higher today, keeping them in line with their highest levels in more than 2 weeks, depending on the lender . Bond markets (which underlie mortgage rates) were in slightly better shape this...
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Mortgage Rates at 2017 Lows

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Mortgage Rates at 2017 Lows

From Matthew Graham at Mortgage News Daily: Mortgage Rates Little-Changed at 2017 Lows Mortgage rates didn’t move much today, despite plenty of strength in underlying bond markets.  This would normally coincide with lower rates, so what’s the deal? The main issue is timing.  Bond markets weakened yesterday afternoon.  This would imply higher rates, but most lenders...
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Mortgage Rates Fall below 4%, Lowest since November 2016

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Mortgage Rates Fall below 4%, Lowest since November 2016

From Matthew Graham at Mortgage News Daily: Trump Administration Drama Pushing Rates Even Lower Mortgage rates fell yesterday in response to a tweet about Trump disbanding his councils of CEOs.  Twitter was in play again today.  This time around it was Gary Cohn, Trump’s economic advisor.  Rather, it was rumors of Cohn’s departure that sent financial...
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HVS: Q1 2017 Homeownership and Vacancy Rates

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HVS: Q1 2017 Homeownership and Vacancy Rates

The Census Bureau released the Residential Vacancies and Homeownership report for Q1 2017. This report is frequently mentioned by analysts and the media to track household formation, the homeownership rate, and the homeowner and rental vacancy rates.  However, there are serious questions about the accuracy of this survey. This survey might show the trend, but...
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Freddie Mac: Mortgage Serious Delinquency rates declined in June, Lowest since July 2008

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Freddie Mac: Mortgage Serious Delinquency rates declined in June, Lowest since July 2008

Freddie Mac reported that the Single-Family serious delinquency rate decreased in June to 1.08% from 1.11% in May.  Freddie’s rate is down from 1.53% in June 2015. This is the lowest rate since July 2008. Freddie’s serious delinquency rate peaked in February 2010 at 4.20%. These are mortgage loans that are “three monthly payments...
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Mortgage Rates at Record Lows

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Mortgage Rates at Record Lows

Wednesday:• At 7:00 AM ET, The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) will release the results for the mortgage purchase applications index. • Early, Reis Q2 2016 Apartment Survey of rents and vacancy rates. • At 8:30 AM,Trade Balance report for May from the Census Bureau. The consensus is for the U.S. trade deficit to be...
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“6-Day Winning Streak Leaves Mortgage Rates Near All-Time Lows”

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“6-Day Winning Streak Leaves Mortgage Rates Near All-Time Lows”

From Matthew Graham at Mortgage News Daily: 6-Day Winning Streak Leaves Rates Near All-Time Lows Mortgage rates fell moderately today, adding a 6th day to a winning streak that began with last week’s Brexit news and bringing rates right to the brink of all-time lows…. bringing some lenders from 3.625% to 3.375%, which is...
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Freddie Mac: Mortgage Serious Delinquency rates declined in May

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Freddie Mac: Mortgage Serious Delinquency rates declined in May

Freddie Mac reported that the Single-Family serious delinquency rate decreased in May to 1.11% from 1.15% in April.  Freddie’s rate is down from 1.58% in May 2015. This is the lowest rate since August 2008. Freddie’s serious delinquency rate peaked in February 2010 at 4.20%. These are mortgage loans that are “three monthly payments...
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Mortgage Rates and Ten Year Yield

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Mortgage Rates and Ten Year Yield

With the ten year yield falling to 1.73%, there has been some discussion about whether mortgage rates will fall to new lows. Based on an historical relationship, 30-year rates should currently be around 3.7%. As of Friday, Mortgage News Daily reported: “the average lender continuing to quote conventional 30yr fixed rates of 3.625% on...
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