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Jobs data points the way to stronger housing:

Real Estate used to be about location, location, location. Now it is most certainly about jobs, jobs, jobs.

We received some welcome news on the jobs front last week:

The private sector added a seasonally adjusted 325,000 jobs during the month, up from 204,000 in November, payroll-processing firm ADP said:
 
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It marked the biggest monthly gain since December 2010, and was stronger than expected. Economists surveyed by Briefing.com were forecasting a gain of 180,000 jobs for the month.  And the great news is that half of the gains were made by small business (companies with fewer than 50 employees).

Headline National Unemployment Rate Drops to 8.5%:

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The U.S. Unemployment Rate unexpectedly fell to 8.5 percent last month as job creation was more robust than expected, providing continued signs that the nation’s labor market is improving gradually.

Growth in manufacturing jobs helped offset a loss in government positions, while wages edged higher and the length of the work week also lengthened a bit. Job gains came from a variety of quarters: Transportation and warehousing surged by 50,000, the couriers and message industry rose 42,000, and retail added 28,000. Manufacturing grew by 23,000 and the hospitality industry continued its brisk pace, adding 24,000 jobs in December and 230,000 over the past year at food and drinking establishments. 

What Happened to Rates Last Week: 
 
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Mortgage backed securities (MBS) gained +37 basis points from last Friday to the prior Friday which moved mortgage rates lower.

Once again, we had much better than expected U.S. economic data with ISM Services, Total Vehicle Sales, ADP Payrolls, Non-Farm payrolls and Unemployment data.

Normally, these type of strong readings would cause bonds to sell off and your mortgage rates to rise. But once again it was the “fear factor” that kept traders buying bonds regardless of the strong U.S. economic data.  Traders simply wanted a safe place to put their funds due to continued concerns over Europe and Iran’s threat to close down a major oil route.

What to Watch 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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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

6 ways to retire without a mortgage

Paying off a home loan by the time you stop working can mean greater financial security. Whether you start early or later in life, there’s more than one approach to consider.

Admit it: Whether you’re 35 or 65, the prospect of retiring without a mortgage is an attractive one. No more monthly checks to your lender means extra money to spend on having fun once you exit the workforce. After years of punctual principal-and-interest payments, it’s the least you deserve, right?

There are several smart ways to retire without a mortgage. We’ve come up with six that fit a variety of retirement scenarios. Some approaches benefit from an early start — so if you are able, try to plan ahead. Other mortgage-free-retirement options can be put into effect even if you’re close to collecting Social Security.

Some retirees don’t mind a mortgage, be it for the tax write-off or to keep too much money from being tied up in home equity. But if your goal is the peace of mind that comes with paying off your loan before you reach retirement, check out these six ways to retire without a mortgage.

1. Make extra mortgage payments
Over time, a few bucks here and there tacked on to your mortgage payment can translate into thousands of dollars saved on interest and years shaved off the repayment period. The trick is to find small ways to cut corners on other household expenses so you can apply those modest savings toward your mortgage. Simply swapping out traditional incandescent light bulbs for compact fluorescent lights, for example, can save you $50 a year in energy costs. A programmable thermostat can save you up to $180 annually.

A little extra goes a long way. A $200,000 mortgage at 6% over 30 years works out to a monthly payment of about $1,200 (excluding taxes and insurance). You’ll pay just over $231,000 in interest alone. But put an extra $100 a month toward the same mortgage and you’ll save nearly $50,000 in interest and retire the loan five and a half years early.

2. Refinance your mortgage
A surefire way to trim the bill for your home loan is to refinance your mortgage to a lower rate for an equal or greater period of time. You’ll enjoy reduced payments and less strain on your bank account. Not a bad idea if money is tight. What you won’t enjoy is a mortgage-free retirement.

To pay off your mortgage early via refinancing, you’ll need to switch to a shorter-term loan. In 2011, a popular refi option for homeowners who weren’t underwater was going from a 30-year mortgage to a 15-year loan.

Let’s say you have 25 years left on a 30-year mortgage at 6% and still owe $175,000. You’d pay about $163,000 in interest over the remaining quarter-century. For just $167 more per month, plus one-time closing costs, you could refinance to a 15-year mortgage at 4% and save $105,000 in interest. And, of course, you’d be mortgage-free a decade earlier. (Does refinancing make sense for you? Check with MSN Money’s calculator.)

3. Downsize your home
Think about it: At a time when you’re supposed to be enjoying the simple life, do you really need a formal living room, separate dining room and two spare bedrooms that you never set foot in? If your answer is no, think about downsizing your home.

The beauty of downsizing to a smaller home in the same area is that you don’t need to say goodbye to your friends, family and community. Of course, beauty can also be found in the fact that you might be able to pay cash for your new abode. That means no mortgage.

And don’t limit your notion of downsizing. Just because you spent the past 30 years in a traditional ranch doesn’t mean you need to purchase another ranch with less square footage. Check out conventional alternatives (condos, townhouses) as well as unconventional options (houseboats, RVs and even tiny homes).

4. Relocate to a cheaper city
Can’t find the right place at the right price to retire in your hometown? Move somewhere cheaper. Sure, there will be sacrifices, but what you’ll give up in familiarity you’ll make up for financially. The best places to retire combine ample activities with affordable real estate. And moving to an affordable locale will boost the odds that you won’t have to take out a new mortgage.

Home prices aren’t the only factor. Consider property taxes and homeowners insurance premiums as well. Both affect the overall affordability of a home. In New Jersey, for example, property taxes and insurance premiums combined average $7,270. You’d pay just $1,444 in, say, Kentucky, one of the 10 most tax-friendly states for retirees. Some state and local governments reduce or even waive property taxes for residents 65 and older.

Feeling adventurous? You might be able to pay even less for a home and enjoy lower living expenses if you retire overseas. Look into bargain-priced and retiree-welcoming countries such as Belize, Mexico, Panama and Vietnam.

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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

Rate on 30-year mortgage down to record 3.91 pct.
January 5, 2012 10:37 AM ET
By DEREK KRAVITZ

WASHINGTON (AP) – 2012 looks to be another year of opportunity for the few who can afford to buy or refinance a home.

The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage fell to 3.91 percent this week, Freddie Mac said Thursday. That matches the record low reached two weeks ago.

The average on the 15-year fixed mortgage ticked down to 3.23 percent from 3.24 percent. That’s up from 3.21 percent two weeks, also a record low.

Mortgage rates are lower because they tend to track the yield on the 10-year Treasury note, which fell below 2 percent this week. They could fall even lower this year if the Fed launches another round of bond purchases, as some economists expect.

Still, cheap mortgage rates have done little too boost the depressed housing market. For eight straight weeks at the end of 2011, the average fixed mortgage rates hovered around 4 percent. Yet many Americans either can’t take advantage of the rates or have already done so.

High unemployment and scant wage gains have made it harder for many people to qualify for loans. Many don’t want to sink money into a home that they fear could lose value over the next few years.

Previously occupied homes are selling just slightly ahead of 2010’s dismal pace. New-home sales in 2011 will likely be the worst year on records going back half a century.

Builders are hopeful that the low rates could boost sales next year. Low mortgage rates were cited as a key reason the National Association of Home Builders survey of builder sentiment rose in December to its highest level in more than a year.

But so far, rates are having no major impact. Mortgage applications have fallen slightly in recent weeks, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.

To calculate the average rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country Monday through Wednesday of each week. The average rates don’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 percent of the loan amount.

The average fee for the 30-year loan rose to 0.8 from 0.7; the average on the 15-year fixed mortgage was unchanged at 0.8.

For the five-year adjustable loan, the average rate declined to 2.86 percent from 2.88 percent. The average on the one-year adjustable loan rose to 2.80 percent from 2.78 percent.

The average fee on the five-year adjustable loan rose to 0.7 from 0.6; the average on the one-year adjustable-rate loan was unchanged at 0.6.

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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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Pending Home Sales Hit 19 Month High

The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes in November rose to the highest level in a year and a half. The best reading on pending homes sales since a federal home-buying tax credit expired appeared to encourage traders on Wall Street.

The Realtors group said Thursday that its index of sales agreements jumped 7.3 percent last month to a reading of 100.1. A reading of 100 is considered healthy. The last time the index was that high was in April 2010, one month before the tax credit expired. 

Contract signings usually indicate where the housing market is headed. There’s a one- to two-month lag between a signed contract and a completed deal.

Homes are the most affordable they’ve been in decades. Long-term mortgage rates are at historic lows and prices in most metro areas have tumbled since late 2006.

What Happened to Rates Last Week:

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Mortgage backed securities (MBS) gained +95 basis points from last Friday to the prior Friday which moved mortgage rates lower.

We had much better than expected U.S. economic data.  Pending Home Sales, Consumer Confidence, and the Chicago PMI were all very strong. 

Normally, these type of strong readings would cause bonds to sell off and your mortgage rates to rise.  But last week was a holiday shortened week that saw very low volumes.

Traders simply “parked” their funds into the safe-haven of bonds over the holiday week which increased demand for bonds and temporarily lowered mortgage rates.

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.

mortgage broker denver

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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New Home Sales Continue To Rise:

Investors cheered yet another U.S. report showing signs of improvement in the housing market.
The Commerce Department report showed US new home sales rose for the third straight month in row, increased by 1.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 315,000 from October.

Even as the pace of gain was smaller than 2.6% forecast by economists, investors took comfort in that housing data released in recent days have started to show stabilization, and given that the housing market is one of a major contributors to the economy, it could provide some support for the economic growth next year.

New homes account for just a fraction of the housing market, but they have a big impact on the economy. Each new home built creates roughly three jobs for a year and generates about $90,000 in taxes, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

What Happened to Rates Last Week:

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Mortgage backed securities (MBS) lost -82 basis points from last Friday to the prior Friday which moved mortgage rates higher.

We had a mixed bag of U.S. economic data.  The 3rd quarter GDP number was revised downward from 2.0% to 1.8% but Durable Goods Orders, Initial Jobless Claims and New Home Sales were much better than expected.
We saw strong demand for the U.S. 2 and 5 year Treasury auctions but demand for the 7 year Treasury auction fell sharply which was a negative for mortgage rates.

Traders sold off MBS on the positive economic news and the relatively weak 7 year Treasury auction which pushed mortgage rates higher.

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.

mortgage broker denver

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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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

Stocks rise on manufacturing, housing reports

A gauge of pending home sales jumps more than predicted. First-time unemployment claims rise, but the 4-week average falls to a 3-year low. Midwest manufacturing activity declines less than forecast.

By TheStreet Staff on Thu, Dec 29, 2011 7:46 AM
By Kaitlyn Kiernan

Updated at 10:50 a.m. ET

U.S. stocks were rising Thursday after better-than-expected​ reports on manufacturing and housing boosted sentiment on Wall Street heading into the final days of trading in 2011.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU +0.71%) was up 97 points, or 0.8%, to 12,248. The S&P 500 ($INX +0.69%) was up 9.9 points, or 0.8%, at 1,260, and the Nasdaq ($COMPX +0.54%) was rising 15 points, or 0.6%, to 2,604.

The National Association of Realtors said its pending home sales index, which measures the number of home sale contracts, jumped 7.3% to 100. 1 in November from a revised 93.3 in October. It’s the highest level since April 2010, when a tax credit deadline encouraged buyers to close deals. Economists had expected a 2% increase.

The Institute for Supply Management of Chicago said its Purchasing Managers Index, a measure of manufacturing activity in the Midwest, slid to 62.5 in December from the previous month’s 62.6. However, that was better than the 61 economists had expected.

The number of Americans filing for first-time unemployment benefits rose after three weeks of declines. Initial jobless claims rose by 15,000 to 381,000 during the week ended Dec. 24 from a revised 366,000 in the previous week, the Labor Department said. Economists had expected to see claims rise to 375,000 from the originally reported 364,000 the prior week, according to Thomson Reuters.

Despite the gain, the four-week moving average of claims declined by 5,750 to 375,000 from the previous week’s revised average of 380,750. That’s the lowest level since June 2008, according to Bloomberg.

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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