Home Prices Increase Again:

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Single-family home prices rose more than expected in May according to the new release of the Standard and Poor’s/Case Chiller home price index.

The 20-city composite price index rose 0.5% in May and April was upwardly revised to an increase of 0.6%.  Economists had been expecting a smaller gain in the range of 0.2%.  While these monthly increases appear small, they do indicate a trend towards housing stability after the bottom in 2009.  The index showed a 4.5% increase on a year-over-year basis and it is the 14th straight month of improvement in this report.

What Happened to Rates Last Week:
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Mortgage backed securities (MBS) gained +66 basis points last week which caused 30 year fixed rates to decrease for both government and conventional loans.  The gains in mortgage backed securities (the only thing 30 year conventional mortgage rates are based on) were the result of concerns about the stability of our economic recovery.  While we had a week of stronger than expected housing data across the board, the market reacted to a lower than expected economic growth rate (GDP) and deflationary concerns. 

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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Be prepared to slash prices if you want to sell

In today’s market, you have to price aggressively if you expect to attract multiple offers.
By Amy Hoak of MarketWatch

With no federal tax credit to entice buyers, today’s home sellers have to get even more serious about making a deal.

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That means pricing aggressively — low enough to compete with foreclosures in some markets. It’s a conversation that stings, said Summer Greene, a real-estate agent for a Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate brokerage office in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

“It’s like telling them that their children are ugly,” she said.

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Many people with homes on the market already are slashing prices to catch buyers’ attention. Twenty-four percent of listings on the market as of July 1 had gone through at least one price reduction — that’s a 9% increase from the previous month, according to the most recent data from Trulia.com, a real-estate listings website.

Price cuts are more prevalent in some markets than others, and the average size of the cut varies, too. In Minneapolis, for example, 40% of the listings had at least one reduction and the average reduction was 9% of the listing price. In Las Vegas, 12% of the homes had price cuts, but the reductions averaged 15% off the listing price.

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Reducing their price is one way sellers are trying to weather the “tax-credit hangover” now affecting the country, said Tara Nelson, consumer educator for Trulia.com. Slashing the price is the one thing a seller can do these days to attract attention.

“There’s just not a whole lot of incentive right now for buyers to urgently buy,” Nelson said. Mortgage rates have been relatively low for a while, so buyers aren’t concerned they’ll miss that window, and inventory has been creeping up since April, she said. To be eligible for the homebuyer tax credit, buyers needed to have a contract on a house by April 30.

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Foreclosure Rates Fall Again:
U.S. foreclosure rates fell for the third straight month according to RealtyTrac’s new report.  New foreclosure fillings in June dropped 2.81 percent from the previous month and 6.98 percent from the previous year.

While foreclosure rates are falling, they are still at high levels with 16 straight months of readings of over 300,000.  Still 410 out of every 411 homes are not in foreclosure, so there is still some strength in the housing market.

Consumer Prices Continue to Fall:
Consumer Prices fell for the third straight month, providing bargains for American Shoppers.

The Consumer Price Index, the government’s most closely watched inflation barometer, dipped 0.1 percent in June, according to the Labor Department. Less expensive energy bills were a big factor behind the drop. Prices for food items and airline fares also dropped last month.  Also, “core” consumer prices are holding near a 44 year low.

What Happened to Rates Last Week:
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Mortgage backed securities (MBS) gained +44 basis points last week which caused 30 year fixed rates to decrease for both government and conventional loans.  Rate declined on the back of some weaker than expected economic data.  Manufacturing Data, Consumer Price Index and Consumer Sentiment all were much worse than market expectations.  Economic concerns helped to push investors towards purchasing MBS as a way to earn low yields in exchange for safety that you cannot find in the stock markets.

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.

Contact Colorado Mortgage Guy
Plum Creek Funding, Inc.
303-818-0699 (Cell)
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vince@coloradomortgageguy.com
19519 E. Parker Square Dr. Parker, CO 80134

Why are so many people listing their houses now?
Once the tax credit expired (new contracts had to signed by April 30th) everyone expected that listings would go down.  But they haven’t…they have gone up.  With all of the negative media attention on housing it would be easy to consider that it is because the sellers are distressed in some way.  Maybe they lost their job or they are trying to sell the home before it goes into foreclosure.

But here is the real reason why listings are up:  Interest rates are at an all-time low.  Despite the constant bombardment of negative media coverage, the vast majority of existing homeowners are very credit worthy, live within their means and have stable income.  Experienced homeowners have seen interest rates in the 5’s, 6’s, and 7’s in the last several years.  And those that have owned homes for longer have seen double-digit interest rates.  So, they know that when interest rates are at an all time low – it is time to make a move.

The idea is that if they were ever going to move to a different school district, move up or down in size, etc. now is the time to do it.  Sure, they might get a little less for their house this year compared to what they might sell it for a couple of years down the road but that is more than offset by the huge savings in mortgage and interest payments.

This means that homebuyers also have attractive interest rates which is another good time to sell, because more people buy when interest rates are low.  Buyers are a little slower to “pull the trigger” on a sales contract because there is moderate amount of inventory around.  But many of these potential homebuyers already missed out on the tax credit window because they thought the government would keep extending it or maybe they just weren’t ready to enter the market yet.  Regardless that window of opportunity has shut.  Don’t miss this even bigger window of opportunity!

Mortgage rates can make a right turn at any second.  Mortgage rates are not low because of anything that the Federal Reserve, Treasury, or Obama administration is currently doing.  Mortgage rates are low because of global fear about the economy and financial system.  This causes banks and investors to hoard their cash and park it into nice, safe and boring mortgage backed securities.  You earn a very low interest rate in return for safety.  But the financial markets and the global economy will turn around, and when it does it will move mortgage rates up with it.
 
What Happened to Rates Last Week:
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Mortgage backed securities (MBS) gained +19 basis points last week which caused 30 year fixed rates to decrease for both government and conventional loans.  Rate declined on fears of a U.S. double-dip recession.  Economic concerns help to push investors towards purchasing MBS as a way to earn low yields in exchange for safety that you cannot find in the stock markets.

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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Tips: How to compare Colorado mortgage loans

You need to know four important features to shop for a Denver Colorado mortgage:

The term. Some mortgages have fixed rates for the entire term, some have variable rates that can change monthly or yearly, and others have a fixed rate for a certain number of years followed by a variable rate.
The rate. You’ll want to know the interest rate and the annual percentage rate (APR). The APR adds in points, fees and certain other charges, all expressed as a yearly rate to help you compare loans. If the rate is variable, ask how often it can change and how high your payments could go.

The points. A “point” is 1% of a mortgage. Typically, the more points the borrower pays, the lower the interest rate. But if you plan to sell in just a few years, you won’t recoup the upfront cost.

The fees. These may include origination or underwriting fees, broker fees, transaction costs and closing costs. Many reputable lenders will give you the estimate in advance. In any case, many of the fees are negotiable. Interest rates for a “no cost” or “no fee” mortgage will be higher. Fees are not always the same as closing costs.

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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:

mortgage rates denver

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. 
Brought to you by:

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Parker, CO 80134

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