Tax Credits May See Extension:

The home buyer’s tax credit has been wildly popular. It gave both first time and previous home buyers a sizeable tax credit provided that they sign a purchase contract no later than the end of April and close no later than the end of June.

It was so successful, that pending home sales (contracts signed but not yet closed) rose 22.4% when compared to April 2009.  However, with increased underwriting turn times, many people that met the requirement by signing a contract before the end of April will not be able to close in time.  Under the current law, they would lose their tax credit.

Senator Harry Reid is offering an amendment to the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010 that would extend the closing time from June 30th to September 30th.  Note: If you did not sign a contract by April 30th then there is no extension for you.  It is only for those that signed a contract in time but just can’t close on time.  It remains to be seen if his proposal will pass, I will keep you posted.

Consumer Confidence Reaches a High Point:
According to a newly released report by Reuters/University of Michigan, their Consumer Confidence index rose again to a reading of 75.5.  This is the best reading this year and the best reading since January 2008.

It shows a picture that consumers are more confident in how they perceive their economic outlook. A higher consumer confidence number generally signifies that consumers are more willing to spend.  This is important because consumer confidence is one of the largest factors in home demand.

What Happened to Rates Last Week:
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Mortgage backed securities (MBS) lost -35 basis points last week which caused 30 year fixed rates to increase for both government and conventional loans.  We did have a large swing in the middle of the week that helped us to reach another new low in mortgage rates.  But we very quickly gave up those gains to close down for the week.

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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