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Real Estate Market Continues Struggle to Stabilize – Market Update

Real Estate Market Continues Struggle to Stabilize – Market Update

Mortgage-backed security markets are rallying this morning as the S&P/Case-Shiller home prices report showed that the real estate market is struggling to stabilize. The report showed that prices dropped in February by the most in over a year. In other news, the Federal Reserve will begin their two-day meeting today and will also be selling $35 billion in 2-year notes.

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New Home Sales Expected to Show Improvement – Market Update

New Home Sales Expected to Show Improvement – Market Update

Bond markets are opening up slightly this morning, ahead of the 10 a.m. new home sales report which is expected to show a 12 percent improvement month over month. Tuesday through Thursday, the Treasury will be auctioning $99 billion. The main market focus this week will be on the FOMC meeting which begins tomorrow. Fed Chairman Bernanke will be holding a press conference following the meeting in an attempt to explain the Fed’s logic behind their decisions.

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House Price Index Expected to Show Decline – Market Update

House Price Index Expected to Show Decline – Market Update

Bonds are rallying following this morning’s employment reports. Both initial jobless claims and continuing claims came in higher than expected. The February House Price Index will be released this morning and is expected to show a decline of -0.3 percent month-over-month. The expected drop would bring the index to a 7 year low, indicating that home prices have fallen back to early 2004 levels.

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Consumer Alert: Beware Companies Posing as Quicken Loans!

Consumer Alert: Beware Companies Posing as Quicken Loans!

Fake Quicken Loans Offers Advertised and Sent as Email or FAX We’ve become aware of fraudulent activity regarding newspaper advertisements and mailers being sent by companies posing as Quicken Loans. Please view this sample of a scam FAX. Please note: We’ll never ask for an upfront deposit to be sent through a Western Union wire transfer, and we don’t offer personal loans – only mortgages. If you’ve received an offer like this, please contact us at: (800) 863-4332. Click here to see sample of fraudulent document and classified ad. Other false ads are below.     [divider]

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