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Fed's aggressive rate hike to reduce housing market buyer pool, economist says

By Mike Wheatley | June 16, 2022
The Federal Reserve just announced its largest interest rate increase since 1994 and the move is expected to have a serious impact on the housing market, economists believe. While the Fed’s key interest rate doesn’t directly affect mortgage rates, it does have a very strong influence on them. On Wednesday, the Federal Open Market Committee […]
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Expect An Interest Rate Hike After Today’s Federal Reserve Inflation Data

By Phil Butler | June 10, 2021
Will today's Federal Reserve inflation data lead to increased interest rates and a slowdown of economic easing?
Mortgage, Real Estate

Fed votes to keep interest rates at near zero again

By Mike Wheatley | July 31, 2020
The Federal Reserve this week voted to keep its benchmark interest rate at close to zero. The move should help ensure the cost of home loans remains down, long enough for the economy to begin its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, experts said. The Fed also said it’s extending its credit and lending initiatives until […]
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Federal Reserve says it won't raise key interest rate

By Mike Wheatley | May 3, 2020
The Federal Reserve this week voted to maintain its benchmark interest rate unchanged at near zero, showing it has no interest in reversing course anytime soon, most likely due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Fed’s benchmark rate doesn’t directly impact mortgage rates, but it normally does influence them, so the decision is a key one […]
Mortgage, US Real Estate

U.S. Federal Reserve slashes rates to zero to fight coronavirus outbreak

By Mike Wheatley | March 17, 2020
The Federal Reserve at an emergency meeting on Sunday announced it’s slashing its benchmark interest rate to zero, in what is its second response to the economic turmoil that’s resulted from the coronavirus outbreak. In addition, the Fed announced it will buy $700 million worth of Treasury and mortgage bonds to help stabilize markets. The […]
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Fannie Mae: Expect 2 more interest rate cuts this year

By Mike Wheatley | August 23, 2019
Mortgage servicing giant Fannie Mae says it expects the Federal Reserve to make two more quarter-point interest rate cuts before the end of the year, most likely in September and December. If so, the cuts would likely result in lower mortgage rates for the remainder of this year, Fannie Mae officials said. Fannie Mae’s Economic […]
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Consumers get more home buying power as Fed cuts interest rates

By Mike Wheatley | August 1, 2019
The U.S. Federal Reserve this week slashed interest rates for the first time since the Great Recession in 2008, but experts say the move is unlikely to improve what is already a very favorable borrowing environment for home buyers. The federal funds rate, which governs the rate banks charge each other for short-term borrowing, will […]
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