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2019 had been a great year for real estate.  The economy improved, yet interest rates remained low.  We look for more of the same in 2020.  Thank you for your support.
Posted by DRU SCOTT on December 20th, 2019 10:10 AM

What makes mortgage interest rates go up or down?

The simple answer is that mortgage rates are tied to the US economy.  I don't want to get too technical and explain mortgage backed securities and their relation to the 10 year US Treasury Bonds, which is the pool of funds that banks draw from.

I want to keep it simple by saying mortgage rates are tied to the current value of a US Dollar.  Inflation makes dollars worth less (higher rates) and recession makes dollars worth more (lower rates).  We're coming out of an extended recession and coming into an inflationary period.

The rule of thumb in a rising rates period is "the sooner, the better".

Posted by DRU SCOTT on October 11th, 2018 10:47 AM
Television and radio ads for home loans never cease to amaze me. The dirty little secret in lending is that corporations make huge piles of money by selling (or keeping for themselves) the servicing rights of home loans.  They know that if they just pad the rates by i/8 or 1/4 of a percent, it adds $10's of thousands of dollars to the shareholders income.
They lure unsuspecting borrowers by offering no origination charges or no fees.
Where the best option for borrowers may be low fees at a reasonable rate.
You need to check with us, because we have no shareholders to fund.  We just make common sense loans that are fully disclosed before you spend a penny.
Posted by DRU SCOTT on May 12th, 2016 11:11 AM