Fed Raises Benchmark Rate Again, How Will This Affect You?

The Federal Reserve (Fed) raised its benchmark rate by a quarter percentage point, from 1% to 1.25%effective June 15, 2017. A reading of the Fed’s policymaking body, Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC)’s statement signals that this won’t be the last rate hike this year. As the benchmark rate goes up, how will it affect your […]

Cash-out Refinances Pick Up, Plus Other Housing Trends in 1Q17

Refinances, particularly cash-out refinances, picked up during the first quarter of 2017 per Freddie Mac’sHousing Outlook in May. This resilience in refi activity, combined with declining mortgage rates and rising home prices, made Freddie to revise its projections for 2017, placing mortgage originations by over $200 billion and adding $100 billion to its 2018 forecast. […]

Rates Up After Fed Meeting

After weeks of continued decline, mortgage interest rates climbed, following the two-day Fed meeting. The 30-year FRM rate rose by 2 basis points for the week. Get today’s rates. According to Freddie Mac’s weekly rate forecast via the Primary Mortgage Market Survey(PMMS) for the week ending June 15, 2017: The 30-year fixed rate mortgage rate finished at […]

Bottom of the barrel mortgage rates inch higher

After nearly two months of declines, mortgage rates inched higher this week. Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) showed the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate increasing from an average of 3.78 percent to 3.83 percent. This is the first time rates have increased in seven weeks, disrupting the steady decline that began after rates topped 4 […]