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Foreclosures Filings Hit 3-Year Low:

U.S. foreclosure filings fell in the first quarter to the lowest level since early 2008 amid an ongoing backlog following last year’s halt in activity, according to a RealtyTrac report on Thursday.

Default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions were reported on 681,153 properties, down 14.8 percent from the previous quarter and a drop of 26.9 percent from the first quarter of 2010.

It was the lowest level of foreclosures since the first quarter of 2008.

Nevada maintained the highest U.S. state foreclosure rate as one in every 35 homes had a foreclosure filing. California alone accounted for nearly a quarter of overall foreclosure activity.

Foreclosures add supply to a housing market that already has too much inventory available which helps to keep home prices down.  But with very strong home sales over the past quarter and reduced foreclosures, the table is set for home prices to stabilize.

What Happened to Rates Last Week:

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Mortgage backed securities (MBS) gained +90BPS last week which pushed 30 year fixed rates downward. We had a very volatile week where we saw rates increase as well as decrease. Most of our gains occurred on Friday on the weaker than expected Consumer Price Index (CPI) data. CPI is a measure of inflation and mortgage rates react very closely to inflationary news. However, the longer term trend is still pointing towards higher mortgage rates as the very closely watched 100 day moving average continues its march towards higher pricing. 

What to Watch Out For This Week:
The following are the major economic reports that will hit the market this week.  They each have the ability to affect the pricing of Mortgage Backed Securities and therefore, interest rates for Government and Conventional mortgages.  I will be watching these reports closely for you and let you know if there are any big surprises:

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It is virtually impossible for you to keep track of what is going on with the economy and other events that can impact the housing and mortgage markets.  Just leave it to me, I monitor the live trading of Mortgage Backed Securities which are the only thing government and conventional mortgage rates are based upon. 

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Vince Reece
Senior Loan Officer
Office: 303-840-0966
Cell: 303-818-0699
vince@coloradomortgageguy.com
19519 E Parker Square Dr
Parker, CO 80134
www.coloradomortgageguy.com

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