Dec 31, 2008

Subprime losses double

According to an article in the Dallas Business Journals - realized losses due to the subprime crises have doubled since September of 2007 to 52% from 26%. For further information visit the DBJ website.

Dec 26, 2008

Mortgage rates skyrocket -

According to Holden Lewis  of, Mortgage rates went up this week from near-record lows as brokers and bankers scrambled to keep up with an influx of applications.

The benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose 42 basis points, to 5.84 percent, according to the national survey of large lenders. One year ago, the mortgage index was 6.31 percent; four weeks ago, it was 5.97 percent.

The benchmark 15-year fixed-rate mortgage rose 16 basis points, to 5.46 percent. The benchmark 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgage rose 11 basis points, to 5.95 percent.

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Processing company Privo ( has been experiencing higher than normal volumes in loans the past few weeks, however there are challenges associated with lower home prices.

Dec 25, 2008

Low rates drive mortgage applications up 48%

According to the USAToday, Mortgage applications surged to the highest level in more than five years in the latest week, as potential borrowers came out to refinance at interest rates near record lows.

The Mortgage Bankers Association said its seasonally adjusted index of mortgage applications, which includes both purchase and refinance loans, for the week ended Dec. 19 soared 48% to the highest reading since the week ended July 18, 2003.

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Dec 18, 2008

Volatile rates - - down to 4.35% on Fixed

In the last few months, it has been common for mortgage rates to have big up-and-down swings during the day -- a phenomenon known as volatility. In a random quirk, rates have been particularly volatile the last four Wednesdays, which happens to be the day when Bankrate conducts its weekly survey. Because of this volatility, Bankrate's survey didn't capture the depth of the week's rate decline.

This week's survey shows that it pays to shop around. In Dallas, some lenders told Bankrate that they were offering the 30-year fixed at 4.75 percent, and one thrift was offering it at 6.375 percent. In Los Angeles, Lazerson would disclose the lending source of his 4.375 percent loan only upon sworn assurance of strict secrecy.

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Mortgage rates at 4 year lows

Consumer prices fall by largest amount in 61 years worth of records -

Another report from

A record plunge in consumer prices in November puts pressure on the Federal Reserve to act decisively to guard against a debilitating bout of deflation.

The Federal Reserve Tuesday cut its target for a key interest rate to the lowest level on record and pledged to use "all available tools" to combat a severe financial crisis and prolonged recession.

It also said it believes that inflationary pressures have diminished. "In light of the declines in the prices of energy and other commodities and the weaker prospects for economic activity, the Committee expects inflation to moderate further in coming quarters," the Fed said in a statement accompanying its decision on interest rates.

In other economic news, the Commerce Department reported that construction of new homes fell in November by 18.9 percent, the biggest drop in a quarter-century. The steep decline pushed construction down to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 625,000 homes, the slowest pace on records dating to 1959.

Benchmark mortgage rate at 4-year low

Here is an article by Holden Lewis of

For a while Wednesday morning, people were getting conforming mortgages at less than 5 percent.

Rates didn't stay that low all day. By afternoon, they had gone up about a quarter of a percentage point. Dan Green, mortgage planner with the Mobium Group in Cincinnati, told his Twitter followers: "Today reminds us: The bird in the bush is ever-elusive. Lock mortgage rates when you have the chance."

There's reason to believe that borrowers will continue to have chances. The Federal Reserve made it clear Tuesday that it intends to push mortgage rates down and keep them low for a long time.

Bankrate's weekly rate survey didn't register as dramatic a decline in rates, for reasons that will be explained shortly. The benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell 38 basis points, to 5.42 percent, according to the national survey of large lenders. One year ago, the mortgage index was 6.21 percent; four weeks ago, it was 6.33 percent.

The benchmark 15-year fixed-rate mortgage fell 21 basis points, to 5.3 percent. The benchmark 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgage fell 33 basis points, to 5.84 percent.

Bankrate has been surveying mortgage rates weekly since 1985. For the benchmark 30-year mortgage, the all-time low was set June 11, 2003, at 5.28 percent. This week it's 5.42 percent. In 23 years of weekly Bankrate surveys, the benchmark rate has been below 5.42 percent eight times. The last time it was lower than 5.42 percent was March 17, 2004, when it was 5.41 percent.

Dec 15, 2008

Job cuts adding to growing number of housing defaults

A recent article on the number of foreclosures appeared in the USA Today.

The low interest rates are bound to increase the number of refis in the short term as more and more of the introductory ARMs are going to come up for renewal this year - if they have not yet started last year.