When the government took control of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac this past week, a funny thing happened. The Financial Markets liked the move. The result? Mortgage rates are down!
If you were near a TV or computer this weekend, you know that after weeks of buzz, the government took control of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But unless you like studying charts and following stocks, you might not know who those oddly-monikered companies are and what this news means to you.
A greater number of people applied for a mortgage loan to purchase or refinance a home last week than the one that preceded it, continuing a recent wave of positive economic reports regarding housing.
The number of Americans seeking a home mortgage to purchase a home or refinance an existing loan increased 0.5 percent last week, according to a weekly report issued today by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA).
For the second consecutive week, overall home mortgage activity fell 1.5 percent, according to a report issued today by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA).
The Mortgage Bankers Association announced this morning that the number of people applying for a mortgage last week fell 1.5% as compared to the one that preceded it. While applications to purchase a home were flat, applications to refinance an existing mortgage fell 4.2%
The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) announced today that it will maintain its Fed Funds rate at 2.0 percent. This is the rate at which banks loan money to one another, impacts mortgage rates for adjustable rate mortgages and home equity lines of credit.
President Bush signed the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 into law this morning. With about 700 pages in this bill, it covers a lot of ground but here are some main points homeowners, home buyers and anyone interested in mortgages or real estate will want to know.
Any day now the President is expected to sign into law the Housing and Recovery Act of 2008. There are big changes in store with the passage of this act, changes which have the potential for sweeping effects across the mortgage and real estate industries.
This morning the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), in its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending July 18, announced that mortgage loan application volume dropped 6.2 when compared to the week prior. The number of people applying to refinance their existing mortgage dropped, as did the number of people applying for a mortgage to purchase a home. FHA loans, which for months have been the star of the MBA report posting large week to week gains, also saw a pull-back of 7.7 .