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Next few days could be high volatility, market moving affairs with the mid-term elections, FOMC meeting, and a boat load economic data culminating with the Employment Report on Friday

Mortgage backs have slipped into the red. As I mentioned last week, the next few days could be high volatility, market moving affairs with the mid-term elections, FOMC meeting, and a boat load economic data culminating with the Employment Report on Friday.

2010-11-01T13:23:54-05:00November 1, 2010|Austin Mortgage Market|

Call it neutral/bearish and not a market to throw caution to the wind

Next week will be the true test, one that we would expect will see the market trade sideways to a little better (slightly improving mortgage pricing). Overall, we think this is the low probability trade as QE2, even though it is fully priced in, is a force to be reckoned with. When the Government is the buyer of choice, most follow the ant age, “Don’t fight the Fed.”

2010-10-15T16:22:10-05:00October 15, 2010|Austin Mortgage Market|

Just the thought of Quantitative Easing 2 has put a floor under Austin interest rates

Just the thought of Quantitative Easing 2 has put a floor under Austin interest rates. Why many expect the Fed to move in that direction (November meeting), nothing has yet to happen. Fed Chief Bernanke is leading the QE2 charge, talking about “additional purchases” and how it was an “effective program” earlier in the year.

2010-10-05T14:01:42-05:00October 5, 2010|Austin Mortgage Market|

USDA Rural Housing program will operate under Continuing Resolution authorization until the Agricultural Appropriations budget is finalized

At the start of the new fiscal year(tomorrow), it appears the USDA Rural Housing program will operate under Continuing Resolution authorization until the Agricultural Appropriations budget is finalized. This frequently happens at the start of the new fiscal year when the House and Senate don't finalize the budget prior to year end.

2010-09-30T12:27:55-05:00September 30, 2010|Austin Mortgage Market|

Austin Mortgage Market Update – For the week of September 27, 2010

As promised, last week's reports gave us a complete picture of the housing market in August. Housing Starts rose 10.5% month-over-month to a 598,000 annual rate, well ahead of the expected 550,000 number. Building Permits, which reflect builder sentiment further out, grew a more modest 1.8% month-over-month to a slightly smaller 569,000 annual rate. Thursday, Existing Home Sales came in UP 7.6% over July, at a 4.13 million annual rate. But let's remember, July was a record low, so this gain still left sales down 19% from August a year ago. The median price for Existing Homes, however, ticked up 0.8% year-over-year, as reported by the National Association of Realtors.

2010-09-27T10:27:34-05:00September 27, 2010|Inside Lending Newsletter|