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Buying or selling a home is an exciting time and can also be an overwhelming experience, even for the seasoned homeowner. When you’re buying or selling a home, you’ll likely reach out for professional help from a Real Estate Agent. Read More
Buying a house can be an exciting time.  While it’s one of life’s more important decisions, it can be accomplished simply with some basic preparation. Read More
There are many reasons why homeowners decide to refinance their home loan. If you’re a homeowner, you may decide to refinance because you may be able to get a lower interest rate that can save you money on your monthly payments, to get a shorter term of your mortgage, help you afford home renovations, or simply because you need to get your finances back on track. Read More
With child care costs rising, some parents may be feeling the strain of their budgets a bit more these days. However, with some resourceful planning, these costs can be easily reduced. Read More
Becoming a homeowner means new obligations and responsibilities and buying your first home should never be taken lightly. There are many frequently asked questions about buying a home in general, ranging from “what is a home inspection?” to “how long does it take to buy a home?” LEARN MORE These types of questions are important as they can help you determine whether or not you’re ready to become a homeowner. Read More
Getting approved for a home loan might seem like a daunting task, but in reality, it can actually be a pretty simple and straightforward process.  The following tips will help you gain a better understanding of just how easy it can be to get your home loan approved. Read More


MBS RECAP: Friendly Confluence of Events Helps Bond Markets Repair Some Damage

Posted To: MBS Commentary

Last week brought the pain. It was the worst single week for the bond market (if we count MBS) since 2013. Although this week won't break any records, it was a refreshing change of pace, with almost every day seeing decent improvement. Today's gains were the best, but also the most serendipitous. A seemingly insignificant headline about Chinese delegates cancelling a trade meeting with Montana's agricultural bureau sent shockwaves through both sides of the market. Those headlines were flanked by newswires with market-friendly Fed speakers (Clarida and Bullard). Finally, the 3pm CME close brought a friendly imbalance (in our favor) in tradeflows surrounding the monthly options expirations deadline. This is the sort of thing that can help us or hurt us. Today it helped. Next week...(read more)

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Mortgage Rates End Week Near Best Levels

Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch

What a difference a week makes! At the end of last week, things were pretty grim, with mortgage rates having just seen their worst single week since 2013. The uplifting caveat at the time was that such bouts of nastiness are not that uncommon in the wake of ultra strong performances (such as the entire month of August--the best single month since 2002 if you can believe it!). In other words, last week was a correction to August's impressive strength. With that in mind, this week turned out to be a correction to last week's correction! There was no way to be sure, but we were hoping it was overdone and that bond traders would step in to buy bonds (which pushes rates lower) in response to the big move. That's exactly what happened and it resulted in measured improvements throughout the week....(read more)

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