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Whether it’s a larger kitchen for future holiday entertaining or a wave of inspiration after visiting your in-laws’ new condo, you may find yourself ready to make some changes. Replace Versus Remodel When it comes to updating your home, the first question you need to ask yourself is, “How long do I plan to stay in this house?” You may be in your home for the duration, which means customizing it to your needs and personal tastes makes sense. Read More
Previously considered nontraditional buyers, single people now account for 24 percent of home purchasers. The decision to own alone crosses all age groups from young, first-timers to a growing number from the 55-and-over category. Read More
I have heard no better analogy in describing the post-election euphoria around future GDP and interest rates than comparing the state of the markets to an escalator. In many people’s minds the economy, thanks to historically low interest rates for an extended period of time has put the US economy onto an escalator which will continue to rise for the years to come. Read More
Real estate has always been about location, location, location. That hasn’t changed. Read More
After making your monthly car, rent, and student loan payments, then spending what you need for essentials, saving money can be tough. If what you are trying to save for is a home, the prospect of putting away enough for a down payment may seem daunting, but it’s not impossible. Read More
You've probably heard of curb appeal, but what about a home's air appeal? It may not seem necessary to consider what your property looks like from above, but if current trends involving the use of drones in real estate are any indication, it may be much more important soon. Drones are making it easier to get a unique look at a home. Read More
Fads and trends come and go, but they tend to stick around longer when propelled by necessity. This may be the case with a new interest among first-time homebuyers in what's being called "micro-housing. Read More
Tustin, CA – New American Funding, a national mortgage banker, announced today that its President, Patty Arvielo, has been named the recipient of the Business Award presented by the LA Times and Hoy newspapers and will be recognized at the Latinos de Hoy (LDH) Awards ceremony. This 4th annual bicultural event salutes the contributions Latinos make to America by honoring those who have exemplified leadership, service, and dedication amongst peers and to the next generation. Read More

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The impact of Tuesday's Presidential election is still sending shockwaves around the globe. It's too early to tell what the next four years will look like so I want to send out this quick update on the recent events in the bond and stock markets. Read More
Tustin, CA – Inc. magazine today ranked New American Funding on its 35th annual Inc. Read More
We all dream about purchasing that gorgeous second home in the mountains, on the beach or way out in the countryside. A vacation home, after all, is a great way to ensure infinite good times with our friends and family for years to come. Read More
When sprucing up your home before a sale, make sure you do not forget about the exterior. It is easy to become preoccupied staging the home's interior and updating key rooms, but failing to think about the curb appeal of your property could cost you. Read More
While the current environment of low interest rate mortgages bodes well for those looking to enter the housing market, it's also great news for financially-savvy homeowners. According to statistics from Freddie Mac, the going rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage is at its lowest in decades. Read More
I had the unique fortune to be in London shortly after the Brexit vote just a few weeks ago and talked to a few Brits about their opinions on Brexit itself. By and large the vote was not about national security and had more to do with the EU controlling their country instead of their own elected democracy. Read More
For the third year in a row, millennials comprise the highest share of homebuyers in the U. S. Read More

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MBS RECAP: Today's Market Mover: Jawboning

Posted To: MBS Commentary

When it comes to financial markets, the definition for "jawboning" is a bit looser than normal as it also encompasses market movement that occurs simply because "someone" said "something." In other words, in some cases, the person who said the thing that moved markets may not have been trying to elicit a certain response, but I would still call that jawboning. Ultimately, though, what we call it doesn't matter . The fact is that today's market movers were all mere comments from a few key people as opposed to any new fundamental or technical developments. These included comments from Jeffrey Gundlach (from late Friday) on the risk of a short squeeze in bonds, comments from Altanta Fed Pres. Bostic on slowing down rate hikes, and reports of the President...(read more)

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Mortgage Rates Resisting a Move Lower

Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch

Mortgage rates were almost perfectly unchanged again today, meaning they haven't really changed in more than a week. All this despite a rather noticeable improvement in underlying bond markets (something that typically goes hand in hand with lower mortgage rates). Granted, the bonds that underlie mortgage rates didn't do quite as well as US Treasuries, but even then, mortgage rates barely budged. Is this some sort of evil conspiracy? Probably not... It probably has more to do with a phenomenon we discuss fairly frequently whereby the improvements in bonds over the course of the day aren't quite enough to get lenders to change their rates in the middle of the day. The result is that lenders are more likely to offer those improvements tomorrow morning assuming, of course, that bond markets don...(read more)

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