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Pending Home Sales up 2.5% in December, Mortgage Rates Down

According to data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), pending home sales rose 2.5% month over month in December. This marks the first increase since May 2022, following six consecutive months of declines. But what's driving this positive change in the...

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January 2023: The Year Ahead

The Federal Reserve's decision to increase the Federal Funds Rate from nearly 0% at the start of 2022 to 4.5% in December 2022 was made to combat inflation. However, this increase in the Fed Funds Rate resulted in long-term mortgage rates more than doubling, rising...

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Mortgage Demand Increases 28% in Single Week

Mortgage rates are at their lowest point since September, and it's bringing new demand into the market. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's seasonally adjusted index, mortgage application volume jumped nearly 28% last week compared to the previous week....

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New Year, New Home: Mortgage Rates DOWN, seller concessions UP

The start of the new year has brought with it a surge in mortgage demand, as lower mortgage rates (I would say "lower," I wouldn't say "low"...) continue to entice homebuyers back into the market. We have seen an increase in inquiries and activity, with many formerly...

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Wells Fargo Continues Mortgage Retreat

It's a changing of the guard in the mortgage market. Wells Fargo, once the dominant player in the market, continues retreating from the space. Wells Fargo wholesale stopped existing years ago, yesterday it was announced that they were shutting down correspondent...

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Wells Fargo fined for Wells Fargo-ing. Again.

On Tuesday, federal regulators fined Wells Fargo $1.7 billion for "widespread mismanagement" over multiple years that harmed over 16 million consumer accounts. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) described the bank's "illegal activity" as including...

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Mortgage Rates Fall for 5th Week in a Row

Hot on the heels of the Fed announcing another interest rate increase, data has come in showing that mortgage rates have decreased for the fifth week in a row. This is a timely reminder that the Fed does not set mortgage rates, individual banks and lenders do, and...

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Fed’s Latest Rate Increase: What You Need to Know

The Federal Reserve took a historic step Wednesday, raising its benchmark interest rate by 50 basis points, putting the key benchmark federal funds rate at a range of 4.25% to 4.5%. This marks the fourth rate increase this year and the ninth since 2015. With this...

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