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What’s Ahead for Mortgage Rates This Week: March 1st

March 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Mortgage markets improved last week as economic reports painted a less-than-stellar portrait of the U.S. economy and concerns of a looming monetary policy change eased. Mortgage pricing improved dramatically, despite a late-Friday retreat.

Mortgage rates in Northwest Indiana are now at their lowest levels since early-February.

Last week was heavy on negative data:

In addition, both the Case-Shiller and Home Price Indices showed a slight pullback in the housing sector.

The impact of these statistics was muted, however. This is because Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke gave his semi-annual outlook to Congress and markets focused more on the chairman verbiage than hard data, looking for clues about the future of Fed policy.

Bernanke stayed on message — the Fed Funds Rate will stay low for an extended period of time.

Mortgage rates in Northwest Indiana were also helped by a strengthening U.S. dollar and demand for U.S.-denominated bonds. When demand for mortgage-backed bonds is strong, mortgage rates fall.

This week, mortgage rates will jockey around Friday’s Non-Farm Payrolls report.

Jobs are playing a large role in mortgage bond trading and markets expect that 30,000 jobs were lost in February.  If the actual figure is better than 30,000 jobs lost, mortgage rates will rise. If it’s worse, rates will rise.

Other important data this week include Personal Consumption Expenditures — the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge — plus the Fed’s Beige Book release.  Mortgage rates remain in flux so float with caution.

Mortgage rates look good today, but by Friday, they could be much, much worse.

Contact James K Barath in Northwest Indiana to Qualify for Your FREE FHA Home Loan Approval Today!

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James K Barath, CMPS®

James K Barath is a Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist®, Certified FICO® Professional, Certified Military Housing Specialist® and your FHA Home Loan Expert. He is also a graduate of Purdue University, The CMPS Institute, Dale Carnegie Human Relations Course & Napoleon Hill Foundation's PMA Science of Success Class. It's your home and your future. It's his profession and his passion. He is ready to work for your best interest. Contact James for your FREE Home Loan Approval !  His Motto: I Facilitate the American Dream Through Responsible Mortgage Lending and Financial Literacy!

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