All posts tagged: Interest Rates

Fed’s Next Steps

The internet is filled with both facts and speculations about the continued rate hikes implemented by the Fed Reserve Bank. Will they continue to hike and then hold, or will they hike and then cut? And what is the reality of the impact this will have on our economy?

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Comments on Rising Interest Rates

In a recent CNBC interview, Kansas City Federal Reserve President Esther George noted that the Fed is looking to tighten financial conditions, of which equity markets are a component, in an effort to tamp down price increases running at their fastest pace in more than 40 years

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Mortgage Application Volume Drops 8% in One Week

Rapidly rising mortgage interest rates are having a direct impact on mortgage application volumes, particularly for mortgage refinance applications. In an article by Adam DeSanctis for the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) “The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 8.1 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased 8 percent compared with the previous week. The Refinance Index decreased 14 percent from the previous week and was 54 percent lower than the same week one year ago.”

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Refinance Index is 50 Percent Lower than Same Week in January Last Year

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Market Composite Index, the Refinance Index is 50 percent lower compared to the same week one year ago, in January 2021. During the same week there was a small uptick over last year in purchase mortgage activity.

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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac helping homeowners take advantage of low interest rates

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac expanded a home refinance program that helps low-to-moderate income households, giving them a better opportunity to refinance now while interest rates are low. The program was launched in June of 2021, but recently the income limit qualifier was increased as well as other modifications to the program to reach more homeowners.

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