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Why Brexit Will Produce Record Low Mortgage Rates

Why Brexit Will Produce Record Low Mortgage Rates

The quick and easy way to see where mortgage rates are headed in the near term is to look at Treasury bonds. The rate for such securities reached 1.58 percent on Friday, down from 1.74 percent the day before, the day the British voted to leave the European Union. Around the world markets lost $2 […]

Real Estate: Why The Common-Sense Mortgage Is Back

Real Estate: Why The Common-Sense Mortgage Is Back

When are you going to re-do the mortgage book? It’s a question I get with some frequency because the “mortgage book” was published by Harper & Row in a series of editions that spanned more than a decade. It popularized a revolutionary idea, the thought that mortgage borrowers could save enormous amounts of money if […]

Fintech: Who Will Pay The Mortgage If Robots Take Our Jobs?

Fintech: Who Will Pay The Mortgage If Robots Take Our Jobs?

Technology was supposed to be the savior of mankind and you have to admit it’s been great. Dogs are being cloned, drones are taking out the bad guys, and farmers are more productive. The only people who can still use a slide rule remember when Eisenhower was in office. But, unfortunately, there is the little […]

Mortgages: The Fed Wants To Raise Rates, Blah, Blah, Blah

Mortgages: The Fed Wants To Raise Rates, Blah, Blah, Blah

The Fed’s hint last week that it may again raise mortgage rates sent an instant shudder throughout the mortgage marketplace. Mortgage interest levels for 30-year fixed-rate financing “shot up” into the 3.7 range and the usual dark murmurings about the hideous impact on home sales began to circulate. We’ve seen this show before. For much […]

Is Mortgage Shopping Too Quick?

Is Mortgage Shopping Too Quick?

Has mortgage shopping become too quick and easy? Or, are speedy mortgages a good thing, evidence that automated loan services are a growing success, making it easier to get financing with fewer hassles? “On average,” reports Zillow, in a just-released study, “Americans spend just eight hours researching their home loan, and obtain just four quotes […]

Real Estate: Are There Limits To Housification?

Real Estate: Are There Limits To Housification?

We tried, we really tried. Housification™ – the effort to continually raise homeownership levels – seems to have a natural limit within the US. The homeownership rate stood at 63.5 percent for the first quarter of 2016, the very same level we had 50 years ago. Increasing levels of homeownership has been a national goal […]

Real Estate: Is The Housing Boom Here?

Real Estate: Is The Housing Boom Here?

The housing boom should be here, it really should. All the historic notions associated with a prosperous and solid real estate marketplace seem to be in place. If you think about real estate you know that to have a booming market we need low interest rates. Well, we have that. Rates have been below 4 […]

The Real Reason Mortgage Rates Keep Falling

The Real Reason Mortgage Rates Keep Falling

By now mortgage rates were supposed to moving higher but that hasn’t been the case. Instead, lenders are elated to unload cash at rates which are beginning to approach the record lows seen in 2012. The loser in all of this is the Federal Reserve. It raised rates in December and the nation’s banks instantly […]

Trump, Sanders on Recession & Real Estate

Trump, Sanders on Recession & Real Estate

  Donald Trump says America is on the verge of a “massive recession,” a view which is not just widely shared, it’s a reality for tens of millions of people. While it may seem strange to the economists who have largely lined up against the Trump perspective, the idea that the American economy is not […]

Are Old People Too Dumb To Get A Mortgage?

Are Old People Too Dumb To Get A Mortgage?

The are some snippets of information which are hard to miss and this one surely caught my interest: According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, “cognitive decline impacts the housing behavior of older Americans.” Does this mean older people are increasingly too dumb to buy real estate or get a mortgage? Apparently in some cases the […]