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The Fed Just Dropped Rates to Near-Zero, And…

Having already rolled out an emergency rate cut of 50 basis points two weeks ago, the Federal Reserve has just announced an even larger cut of a full percentage point (100 basis points), resulting in a target federal funds rate of zero to 0.25 percent (which the Fed expects... Read More »

Benchmark Mortgage Rate Inches Up, Short-Term Rates Drop

Benchmark Mortgage Rate Inches Up, Short-Term Rates Drop

Having dropped to an all-time low of 3.29 percent last week, the average rate for a benchmark 30-year mortgage has since inched up 7 basis points to 3.36 percent but remains 95 basis points below its mark at the same time last year and well below an average of... Read More »

Benchmark Mortgage Rate Drops to an All-Time Low

Benchmark Mortgage Rate Drops to an All-Time Low

The average rate for a benchmark 30-year mortgage dropped 16 basis points over the past week to a new all-time low of 3.29 percent, according to Freddie Mac’s latest Mortgage Market Survey data and which shouldn’t have caught any plugged-in readers by surprise. At the same time, the average... Read More »

Benchmark Mortgage Rate Back Down to a 3-Year Low

Benchmark Mortgage Rate Back Down to a 3-Year Low

The average rate for a benchmark 30-year mortgage has dropped back down to the 3-year low of 3.45 percent it hit three weeks ago, which is within 14 basis points (0.14 percentage points) of the all-time low it hit in November of 2012 and 90 basis points below its... Read More »

Benchmark Mortgage Rate Inches Up, Odds of an Easing as Well

Benchmark Mortgage Rate Inches Up, Odds of an Easing as Well

Having dropped to a 3-year low two weeks ago, the average rate for a 30-year mortgage has since inched up 4 basis points to 3.49 percent but remains 86 basis points (0.86 percentage points) below its mark at the same time last year and within 0.18 percentage points of... Read More »

Fed Officials Officially Drop Expectations of a Rate Hike in 2019

According to an analysis of the futures market, the probability of the Fed hiking the federal funds rate in 2019 had dropped to zero (0) as of last week, as we first reported at the time (and foreshadowed earlier this year). And according to the latest survey of Fed... Read More »

The Fed Signals Future Rate Hikes Are on Hold

In a move which shouldn’t catch any plugged-in readers by surprise, the Federal Reserve not only failed to raise interest rates today but signaled a more “patient” approach in its adoption of any future hikes. Despite the Fed having previously signaled expectations for two rate hikes this year, traders... Read More »

The Fed Raises Rates, Signals Two More Hikes in 2019

As projected, the Federal Reserve has just raised its benchmark Federal Funds rate, upping its target range by another 25 basis points to between 2.25 and 2.5 percent, while signaling expectations for two more quarter-point increases in 2019, down from a previously expected three. The Fed dropped the benchmark... Read More »

San Francisco Approaching Bubble Territory per UBS

San Francisco Approaching Bubble Territory per UBS

According to UBS Wealth Management’s Global Real Estate Bubble Index, the residential real estate market in San Francisco is increasingly overvalued and approaching bubble territory, while New York and Boston remain fairly valued and Chicago is undervalued, as was the case at the same time last year. The index... Read More »

Benchmark Mortgage Rate Drops to Three-Month Low

Benchmark Mortgage Rate Drops to Three-Month Low

Having slipped below 4 percent two weeks ago, the average rate for the benchmark 30-year mortgage dropped to 3.81 percent over the past week “as concern about a global slowdown grows and the resultant flight-to-quality continues to drive the 10-year Treasury yield down,” as we wrote a week ago... Read More »