A great mortgage lender that I’m friends with, Steve Brown, sent me this article. It explains why interest rates are no longer 3.75%, but are now up in the 4% range. . . NOT that 4.5% interest rate is bad, but we’ve come back up a little bit. Interest rates are amazing! If you are renting, and you have decent credit, you should really run the numbers on my mortgage caluculator and see what you could be buying instead of paying monthly rent. If you have money to invest, Seguin, San Marcos, and New Braunfels Real Estate is a great place to invest. With credit being tighter, many folks aren’t able to qualify for loans, so they are forced to rent. There is a large demand for rentals right now. Anyway, back to the article that Steve sent me:
Congress Passes Tax Deal
By Stefan Nevelof, Highlands Residential Mortgage Secondary Marketing
It was another tough week for mortgage rates. Tuesday’s Fed meeting contained no surprises, so investors focused on stronger than expected economic growth data and progress on the tax deal, which was passed late in the week. Once again, nearly all the news was unfavorable for mortgage rates, which ended the week higher.
Recent economic growth data has mostly exceeded expectations, causing several economists to raise their forecast for GDP in 2011. In particular, this week’s Retail Sales and manufacturing sector data surpassed the consensus estimates. Faster economic growth generally produces higher future inflation expectations, which leads to higher bond yields.
The tax deal has been negative for mortgage rates in three ways. First, it’s expected to boost economic growth. In addition, it will increase the budget deficit, which will lead to a larger supply of Treasury securities, pushing bond yields higher. Finally, this additional fiscal stimulus will make it less likely that the Fed will add more monetary stimulus. That said, the Fed is focused on unemployment that is far too high and inflation that is below its desired level. At this point, the Fed is in no rush to begin to tighten policy.