Saturday, August 10, 2013

Quiet Week in Mortgage

Mortgage Time
Mortgage Market News for the week ending August 9, 2013

Consistent Fed Message
Following the roller coaster ride last week, this was one of the quietest weeks for mortgage rates in a very long time. While last week contained a Fed meeting, Employment report, and GDP data, there was very little significant economic news this week, and mortgage rates barely changed.
In addition to a lack of major economic data, another reason for the limited volatility this week was that the message conveyed from the Fed was very consistent. The largest influence on mortgage rates in recent months has been shifting expectations for future Fed policy. According to the Fed officials that spoke this week, the Fed expects to begin to taper its bond buying program later this year. The exact timing will depend on future economic data. Investors currently expect that the tapering will begin in September or October. This means that the reaction to major economic data likely will continue to be exaggerated, as we saw on several occasions last week.
This week President Obama laid out his plan for restructuring Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It is very similar to what is being proposed in the Senate, so there were no big surprises. The primary component of the plan is to shift credit risk on mortgages from the government to the private sector. There was no timetable provided, but any changes are expected to take years. The announcement created a lot of headlines, but did not have an immediate impact on mortgage rates and is not likely to affect rates anytime soon.

Davis Orebaugh
Mortgage Consultant
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