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The Week Ahead for Mortgage Rates: March 12, 2012

March 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

FOMC meeting this weekMortgage markets were mostly unchanged last week despite a series of positive economic developments. In addition to Greece successfully reaching a deal with its private creditors, the U.S. economy turned out strong reports — most notably with respect to Non-Farm Payrolls.

In February, the U.S. economy added 227,000 new net jobs and the employment figures from December and January were revised higher by an additional 61,000 jobs. It marked the 16th straight month of job gains nationwide.

The Unemployment Rate held unchanged at 8.3%.

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Conforming mortgage rates in Northwest Indiana and suburbs of Chicago Illinois improved slightly last week and mortgage rates continue to hover near all-time lows.

According to Freddie Mac, the average 30-year fixed rate mortgage nationwide is now 3.88% for Schererville Indiana mortgage applicants willing to pay 0.8 discount points and a full set of closing costs.

1 discount point is equal to 1 percent of your loan size.

Freddie Mac also reported the 15-year fixed rate mortgage at its lowest level in history. The average 15-year fixed rate mortgage fell to 3.13% with an accompanying 0.8 discount points. This is more a full percent lower as compared to March 2011.

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This week’s big event is the Federal Open Market Committee’s second scheduled meeting of the year. Whenever the FOMC meets, mortgage rates can change in a hurry.

The FOMC is a subcommittee within the Federal Reserve, the U.S. government’s monetary-policy making group. Since 2008, the Federal Reserve has held its benchmark Fed Funds Rate near 0.000%. It’s not expected to raise that rate Tuesday. However, just because the Fed Funds Rate won’t change, that doesn’t mean mortgage rates won’t.

This is because the Fed doesn’t set mortgage rates, but it does influence them. Market will read the Fed’s post-FOMC press release Tuesday for hints of new policy or economic growth. If the statement shows more optimism for the economy than expected, mortgage rates are expected to rise. 

Conversely, if the Fed shows pessimism for the U.S. economy, mortgage rates are expected to fall.

Other economic events this week include the releases of Retail Sales, Producer Price Index, and Consumer Price Index; plus three high-profile treasury auctions.

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Quick general rule of thumb when keeping an eye on mortgage rates.

Strong Economic News: $$$ from Bonds —> Stocks = Home Loan Rates Go Up

Weak Economic News: $$$ from Stocks —> Bonds = Home Loan Rates Go Down

If you or someone you know is thinking about buying a home, the combination of low home loan rates and affordable home prices make this an ideal time to buy a home. Want to know if you can afford a new home? Call or text me at 512-522-7284 to discuss your personal situation and your home loan options!

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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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