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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 rate 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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Mortgage Outlook for Week of November 7, 2011

Mortgage rates were helped out last week by renewed concern over the European debt default crisis and Greece’s possible referendum vote. Without this concern in the eyes or the market, it is very likely that rates would have increased given somewhat positive comments that came out of the FED meeting last week. This week has […]

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The November 2, 2011 Federal Reserve Statement Explained

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) concluded its two day meeting today with a 9-1 vote to leave the Fed Funds Rate (the rate at which lending institutions lend to each other) unchanged within its current target range of 0.00%-0.25%. Some Key Points From the FOMC Press Release: “Economic growth strengthened somewhat in the third quarter, […]

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Mortgage Outlook for the Week of October 31, 2011

Although there was volatility in the market last week, when all was said and done, mortgage rates remained flat for the week. Last week it looked as though a deal was in place to prevent the much feared debt default in the Eurozone. This week there appears to be doubt about the proposed “solution”, which […]

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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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