August 5, 2009

30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Drop

mortage interest rates downThe Demand for U.S. home loans rose last week as a cry off in 30-year fixed mortgage rates to a three-week low boosted applications for refinancing, the Mortgage Bankers Association said on Wednesday.  The average mortgage rate fell to 5.17 percent in the last week of July. This is boosting homeowner sales and refinancing.  Mortgage rates were as low as 4.61 in March and the REFI gauge is still below 6,000 where is was in March. The decrease in mortgages rates has caused it to go up recently.  Despite purchase home requests being slightly up, most experts are still predicting that a speedy recovery to the worst housing market since the great depression is not at all likely. There is still hope though as new and used home sales have risen due to lower housing prices, good mortgage finance rates, and the first time home buyer  tax rebate. The unemployment rate is still on the rise at almost 10 percent (and over in certain states). This is keeping many potential home buyers playing it safe and not buying homes.  We will have to see what lies ahead and what new laws and regulations will take place to see when our devastated economy will recover.

November 19, 2008

Treasury and lawmakers battle about foreclosures

ben-bernanke1Treasure Secretary Henry Paulson along with members of congress fought about issues concerning the US bailout plan. Paulson said that the government bailout plan isn’t a be all cure all kind of deal, but would best be used to rescue financial institutions so that the entire economy doesn’t suddenly collapse. It wasn’t supposed to cure the economic problem, just help it out. The treasury has been accused with arbitrarily coming up with plans and then enacting them. Paulson has admitted of hearing about a plan to rescue average Joe homeowners but said that the plan by the treasury department seemed sketchy. Rep Barney Frank of Mass. said to Paulson that the Federal bailout plan was doing nothing to stop the foreclosure pandemic, and this is killing the economy. Five million more foreclosures are expected by next year, and if nothing is done to stop them we are in real trouble. A 25 billion dollar plan to give lenders a share in government money could stop almost two million foreclosures from occuring in the future. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke is in favor of a proposal from the fed to slow down the rate of foreclosures. Paulson is not a fan of using Fed bailout plan funds to bailout automakers because they should be focusing themselves on producing more energy efficient cars and not borrowing Federal money. Bernanke insists that putting more money into banks is the way to stop the financial crisis because more loans will be given out this way and confidence will be restored. He says this as home prices continue to plummit (no buyers being able to get loans), unemployment on the rise, and foreclosures riseing in numbers. He plans on saving a large sum of bailout plan money for Barack Obama’s administration. The first 350 billion dollars has already been spent, mostly given to large financial institutions.

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