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    For the Week Ending March 9, 2018

     

    The Stock Market and Economic Policy:

    In a week where the was not much economic data that rattled investors, there were certainly enough political upheavals to scare investors. Depending on which day it is, one day investors are concerned about the Tariff’s President Trump wants to impose on steel and aluminum, and the next day they don’t seem to care.

     

    Gary Cohn, Trump’s top economic advisor, resigned this week from the White House. Because of a significant disagreement regarding Trump’s plans for tariffs, Cohn felt he could not longer work with the President. This sent a scare through the markets, as it never breeds stability when a main player in the White House resigns, let alone someone is very much in touch and responsible for economic changes and policies instituted by the President.

    On Thursday President Trump followed through on his promise to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel imports. He softened his stance somewhat when he made provisions for Canada and Mexico to be exempt from the tariffs.

    As much as many government officials, both Democrat and Republican, disagree with this approach to fixing the trade deficit, only time will tell how other countries will respond against the U.S. There are some that believe the President is doing this to bring
    those countries engaged in unfair trade practices to the negotiating table.

     

    Employment Activity:

    ADP reported a stronger than expected employment report for this coming Friday. They are predicting an increase in private payrolls by 235,000. This is well above Econoday’s high estimate. ADP predictions have been on the high side of government data in recent months, but they have been closer than in years past, in which they had virtually lost all credibility in their predictions. ADP regained some credibility with last months estimates in which they were within 10,000 of the labor department’s report.

     

    Mortgage Activity:

    Mortgage rates continue to move higher which is being felt in the numbers of mortgage loan applications for home purchases. For the week of March 2nd, purchase applications declined by 1.0 percent. Refinances actually increased by 2.0 percent, which is rather surprising. Applications for refinance are down to only 41.8 percent of total residential mortgage activity. You may recall that for many years, refinances were well over 50 percent of all mortgage activity

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    Next week’s potential market moving reports are:

    • Tuesday March 13th – Consumer Price Index
    • Wednesday March 14th – MBA Mortgage Applications, Producer Price Index, Retail Sales
    • Thursday March 15th – First Time Jobless Claims
    • Friday March 16th – Housing Starts, Industrial Production, JOLTS Report

     

    As your mortgage and real estate professional, I am happy to assist you with any information you may need regarding mortgage or real estate trends. I welcome the opportunity to serve you in any way I possibly can.

     

    Please enjoy this quick update on what happened this week in the housing and financial markets.

     

     

    President Trump’s proposed tariffs continue to spark talk of a trade war. This has caused uncertainty in markets, helping stabilize rates in the near term.
    Although jobless claims last week came in higher than expected, the labor market remains strong, supporting a likely Fed policy rate increase this month.
    The European Central Bank has shown confidence in the overseas economy and inflation. A strong global economy can pressure mortgage rates higher this year.

     

    New home prices are likely to be pushed higher as builder costs increase. Lumber prices are up 25% over the same time last year.
    Homebuyers are demanding more from their homes. A 2-car garage, granite countertops, and walk-in closet are now often cited as “essential” home features.
    New tariffs on steel could drive up the cost of building apartment buildings and condos. Single-family homes, made of wood, are less likely to be affected.

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    Rate movements and volatility are based on published, aggregate national averages and measured from the previous to the most recent midweek daily reporting period. These
    rate trends can differ from our own and are subject to change at any time.

    Sincerely,

    Fred Kreger
    American Family Funding
    Certified Mortgage Consultant
    NLMS # 1850 / 214640 BRE# 01215943 / 01371184
    (661) 505-4311
    Fred.Kreger@affloans.com
    28368 Constellation Road
    Suite 398
    Santa Clarita, CA
    91355

    www.fredkreger.com

    ©2017 American Pacific Mortgage Corporation. All information contained herein is for informational purposes only and, while every effort has been made to insure accuracy, no guarantee is expressed or implied. Any programs shown
    do not demonstrate all options or pricing structures. Rates, terms, programs and underwriting policies subject to change without notice. This is not an offer to extend credit or a commitment to lend. All loans subject to underwriting approval. Some products
    may not be available in all states and restrictions apply. Licensed by the Department of Business Oversight under the CRMLA.

     

     

     

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    For the Week Ending March 2, 2018

     The Stock Market:

    What a difference a week makes. From the stock market loving President Trump’s tax reform, to now hating on the new Fed Chairman’s lack of a clear message on interest rate plans for 2018. We all know from past history, that no matter what the Fed says, they can always change their plan as needed based upon economic conditions. However, the Fed usually outlines a definitive plan. New Fed Chairman Powell has been waffling in his communication and no real plan for rates is clearly stated. This uncertainty is leaving investors concerned.

     

    In addition, the latest announcement on Thursday by President Trump regarding plans to add tariffs on Steel and Aluminum imports has the markets rattled as well. A move like this can have a significant impact on not only automobile prices, but almost any product that uses either metal or aluminum in construction or delivery. Tariffs could lead to a global trade war forcing prices on almost any import you can think of to increase. Hopefully, this is nothing more than words and posturing in hope of bringing China more into step with fair trade, which has been a Trump focus since prior to his election.

     

    New Home Sales:

    The latest report on new homes sales was not anywhere close to expectations. Analyst’s were expecting sales to remain stable at a pace of 640K per year. January data shows a significant drop in the pace of sales down to 593K annually. There is however a good part of the latest report that can be extracted when you get past the headline. Supply of new homes jumped from 5.5 months up to 6.1 months, which should create some easing in rapidly rising new home prices. With interest rates going up, the potential slow-down of price increases will allow home affordability to remain in check. A market where both home prices and interest rates go up simultaneously has the potential to quickly push buyers out of the market and create significant home price declines in both the new and existing home markets.

     

    Home Prices:

    The S&P Corelogic Case-Shiller House Price Index for December rose a strong 0.6 percent. The western states led the way with Seattle topping the list with a year-on-year increase of 12.7 percent. Las Vegas was a close second with 11.1 percent. Monthly increases were led by Seattle and Denver with a gain of 1.2 percent. San Francisco and Las Vegas followed right behind with a 1.1 percent monthly gain.. Nationally, home prices remain higher by 6.3 percent from a year ago, and still trending higher.

     

    Next week’s potential market moving reports are:

    • Monday March 5th – ISM Non-Mfg Index
    • Tuesday March 6th – Factory Orders
    • Wednesday March 7th – MBA Mortgage Applications, ADP Employment Report
    • Thursday March 8th – First Time Jobless Claims
    • Friday March 9th – National Employment Situation

     

    As your mortgage and real estate professional, I am happy to assist you with any information you may need regarding mortgage or real estate trends. I welcome the opportunity to serve you in any way I possibly can.

     

    Please enjoy this quick update on what happened this week in the housing and financial markets.

     

     

    New Fed Chair Jerome Powell appeared for his first time in front of Congress this week. He moved markets with his upbeat economic views, pressuring rates.
    Consumer prices increased in January, and inflation posted its largest gain in 12 months. Inflation pressures rates higher, including mortgage rates.
    The labor market continues to show strength as well. Filings for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in almost five decades.

     

    Home prices accelerated in December, according to a recent Case-Shiller report. Prices were up 6.4% year-over-year with continued strong buyer demand.
    Pending home sales were down 4.7% in January. However, the drop is likely due to tight inventory and bad weather rather than increased mortgage rates.
    Buyer traffic was strong in January, but listings fell to an all-time low, down 9.5% year-over-year. This can continue to fuel price gains.

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    Rate movements and volatility are based on published, aggregate national averages and measured from the previous to the most recent midweek daily reporting period. These
    rate trends can differ from our own and are subject to change at any time.

    Sincerely,

    Fred Kreger
    American Family Funding
    Certified Mortgage Consultant
    NLMS # 1850 / 214640 BRE# 01215943 / 01371184
    (661) 505-4311
    Fred.Kreger@affloans.com
    28368 Constellation Road
    Suite 398
    Santa Clarita, CA
    91355

    www.fredkreger.com

     

    ©2017 American Pacific Mortgage Corporation. All information contained herein is for informational purposes only and, while every effort has been made to insure accuracy, no guarantee is expressed or implied. Any programs shown
    do not demonstrate all options or pricing structures. Rates, terms, programs and underwriting policies subject to change without notice. This is not an offer to extend credit or a commitment to lend. All loans subject to underwriting approval. Some products
    may not be available in all states and restrictions apply. Licensed by the Department of Business Oversight under the CRMLA.

     

     

     

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  • Lowest jobless claims in 45 years in this week’s Markets in a Minute!

     

    For the Week Ending February 23, 2018

    Please enjoy this quick update on what happened this week in the housing and financial markets.

     

     

    Minutes from the Fed’s last FOMC meeting point to more policy rate hikes ahead. Officials have seen an increase in economic growth and an uptick in inflation.
    The Fed doesn’t control mortgage rates, yet rates are influenced by the Fed’s actions. As the Fed raises policy rates this year, mortgage rates will likely
    follow.
    Jobless claims hit a near 45-year low last week, pointing to strong job growth in February. A strong labor market supports the growing economy.

     

    Existing home sales fell unexpectedly in January, possibly due to tight inventory and rising mortgage rates. Home supply has declined for 32 straight months.
    New housing starts were up though, to a 1-yr high of 1.326 million in January. Building permits soared to their highest level since 2007.
    While builders are busy creating new homes, condos are lacking. Condos are 7% of the multifamily market (down from an average of 22% from 1985-2003).

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    Rate movements and volatility are based on published, aggregate national averages and measured from the previous to the most recent midweek daily reporting period. These
    rate trends can differ from our own and are subject to change at any time.

    Sincerely,

    Fred Kreger
    American Family Funding
    Certified Mortgage Consultant
    NLMS # 1850 / 214640 BRE# 01215943 / 01371184
    (661) 505-4311
    Fred.Kreger@affloans.com
    28368 Constellation Road
    Suite 398
    Santa Clarita, CA
    91355

    www.fredkreger.com

    ©2017 American Pacific Mortgage Corporation. All information contained herein is for informational purposes only and, while every effort has been made to insure accuracy, no guarantee is expressed or implied. Any programs shown
    do not demonstrate all options or pricing structures. Rates, terms, programs and underwriting policies subject to change without notice. This is not an offer to extend credit or a commitment to lend. All loans subject to underwriting approval. Some products
    may not be available in all states and restrictions apply. Licensed by the Department of Business Oversight under the CRMLA.

     

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    For the Week Ending February 16, 2018

    The Stock Market:

    It seems as if the stock market panic has subsided. With calmer heads prevailing and the reality check that virtually every piece of recent economic data pointing to a strong economy, investors have returned to buying stocks. Through Thursday of this week the stock market is up 827 points, with the indices set to open slightly higher on Friday.

     

    Inflation Report:

    One of the other drivers of investor fear has been the belief that inflation is heading higher rapidly. This week’s long-awaited inflation report, confirmed that inflation is increasing, but not nearly at the level in which investors were expecting.

     

    Inflation on the wholesale level rose 0.4 percent, which was on target with expectations. Although this increase is higher than we have seen for some time, it is in no way showing a rapid rise in prices that many had feared.

     

    Prices on the retail level, as indicated by the latest report in the Consumer Price Index, showed a slightly hire than expected increase of 0.5 percent. However, despite this increase, overall inflation, compared to the same time last year, is only up 2.1 percent. This reinforces the fact that significant upward pressure on prices is still difficult to see.

     

    Mortgage Applications

    It was to be expected. With mortgage rates rising, combined with last weeks chaos on Wall Street, sooner or later this would show up in the mortgage application data. Applications for purchase loans declined by 6.0 percent, while refinances declined by 2.0 percent. Given the volatility in the market, these declines are actually less than most experts anticipated. The spread between application activity from the same time last year has narrowed to only 4.0 percent.

     

    Housing Starts:

    Housing ended 2017 on the upswing and is continuing to show great strength kicking off 2018. Housing starts in January jumped to the second highest level since the recession at an annualized rate of 1.326 million. This represents an almost 10 percent increase, when analysts were only expecting a rise of about 2.0 percent.

     

    Next week’s potential market moving reports are:

    • Monday February 19th – Presidents Day – All Markets Closed
    • Wednesday February 21st – MBA Applications, Existing Home Sales
    • Thursday February 22nd – First Time Jobless Claims, Leading Indicators

     

    As your mortgage and real estate professional, I am happy to assist you with any information you may need regarding mortgage or real estate trends. I welcome the opportunity to serve you in any way I possibly can.

     

    Please enjoy this quick update on what happened this week in the housing and financial markets.

     

     

    Consumer prices rose more than expected in January, fueling fears that inflation is moving higher. Rising inflation will continue to pressure mortgage rates
    higher.
    The labor market is still showing strength, with jobless claims remaining below the 300,000 threshold. Wages are also showing signs of increasing.
    Rising inflation and the strong labor market have economists thinking the Fed may actually raise policy rates 4 times this year instead of 3.

     

    Higher rates are affecting mortgage applications, which were down 4.1% overall last week. Purchase applications were still 4% higher than last year though.
    Two-thirds of home buyers said they searched 3+ months before going under contract. Twenty-seven percent said they were outbid by another buyer.
    In a recent survey, only 6% of home shoppers said they would stop their current home search if mortgage rates were to rise above 5%. Not too bad.

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    decorations down.”

     

    Rate movements and volatility are based on published, aggregate national averages and measured from the previous to the most recent midweek daily reporting period. These
    rate trends can differ from our own and are subject to change at any time.

    Sincerely,

    Fred Kreger
    American Family Funding
    Certified Mortgage Consultant
    NLMS # 1850 / 214640 BRE# 01215943 / 01371184
    (661) 505-4311
    Fred.Kreger@affloans.com
    28368 Constellation Road
    Suite 398
    Santa Clarita, CA
    91355

    www.fredkreger.com

     

    ©2017 American Pacific Mortgage Corporation. All information contained herein is for informational purposes only and, while every effort has been made to insure accuracy, no guarantee is expressed or implied. Any programs shown
    do not demonstrate all options or pricing structures. Rates, terms, programs and underwriting policies subject to change without notice. This is not an offer to extend credit or a commitment to lend. All loans subject to underwriting approval. Some products
    may not be available in all states and restrictions apply. Licensed by the Department of Business Oversight under the CRMLA.

     

     

     

     

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    For the Week Ending February 9, 2018

    The Markets and the Economy:

    Looking at what is happening in the stock market should only be done with an air sickness bag in hand. The volatility that exists is unprecedented. At the start of the great recession back in 2008, the plummeting markets were based upon the housing market crashing. Mortgage defaults were rising and that created a wave of defaults on home loans, which then spread to banks, investors, financial institutions, and the list goes on and on.

     

    What you are seeing this last week with the stock markets diving over 1000 points on Thursday is not based on negative economic conditions in any way. Almost every major economy in the world is strong. There are no issues even remotely comparable to what existed back in 2008. So, then what is the issue causing this mayhem to occur?

     

    Simply stated, it is all about interest rates and herding panic. With the economy doing well, and the Fed raising interest rates, there is a high likelihood that corporate profits will be negatively impacted. Investors, who normally have a concern about stock prices, would take their money from the market and place it into U.S. Treasuries. However, since the treasury market is getting hammered with bond prices climbing and their yields declining, (Bond prices and yields move in opposite directions) investors are selling stocks and moving them into cash. What this in effect does is it makes both the stock market and treasury markets unattractive to place money. As more people pull money from both, the problem gets exaggerated, which then causes more people to pull money, creating a herding effect.

     

    What is happening is purely unjustified panic by investors as it is feeding on itself. The world economy is in great shape and what exists in the markets is panic and fear. It will subside, and the markets will return to normalcy. It always does, and this will be no different. The good news is that the economic fundamentals that exist remain strong and the markets will stabilize once cooler heads begin to prevail.

     

    Mortgage Applications

    Applications for mortgage loans on both purchases and refinances remained virtually unchanged for the week ending February 2nd. Based upon the volatility in the stock market and treasury yields, this data would be considered old news. The reality of interest rates rising will become visible in next week’s Mortgage Bankers Association report to be released on Wednesday.

     

    Next week’s potential market moving reports are:

    • Wednesday February 14th – MBA Applications, Consumer Price Index, Retail Sales
    • Thursday February 15th – First Time Jobless Claims, Producer Price Index, Industrial Production, Housing Market Index
    • Friday February 16th – Housing Starts, Consumer Sentiment

     

    As your mortgage and real estate professional, I am happy to assist you with any information you may need regarding mortgage or real estate trends. I welcome the opportunity to serve you in any way I possibly can.

     

    Please enjoy this quick update on what happened this week in the housing and financial markets.

     

     

    Mortgage rates have consistently crept up a little each week through 2018, hitting 4-year highs. Even still, rates are historically low, which may make it
    a good time to buy.
    The rising bond yields responsible for higher mortgage rates have also shaken up the stock markets. There is a lot of fear that we may see accelerated inflation.
    The outlook for 2018 is good for the economy, and the Fed is expected to raise policy rates. It’s likely mortgage rates will increase some more this year.

     

    Mortgage applications have been on the rise recently despite higher rates. Applications were up 5% last week compared to the same time last year.
    Swift price increases and inventory shortages are frustrating renters looking to purchase. Still, 58% of those polled say now is a good time to buy.
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    Rate movements and volatility are based on published, aggregate national averages and measured from the previous to the most recent midweek daily reporting period. These
    rate trends can differ from our own and are subject to change at any time.

    Sincerely,

    Fred Kreger
    American Family Funding
    Certified Mortgage Consultant
    NLMS # 1850 / 214640 BRE# 01215943 / 01371184
    (661) 505-4311

    Fred.Kreger@affloans.com
    28368 Constellation Road
    Suite 398
    Santa Clarita, CA
    91355

    www.fredkreger.com

    ©2017 American Pacific Mortgage Corporation. All information contained herein is for informational purposes only and, while every effort has been made to insure accuracy, no guarantee is expressed or implied. Any programs shown
    do not demonstrate all options or pricing structures. Rates, terms, programs and underwriting policies subject to change without notice. This is not an offer to extend credit or a commitment to lend. All loans subject to underwriting approval. Some products
    may not be available in all states and restrictions apply. Licensed by the Department of Business Oversight under the CRMLA.

     

     

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