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Weekly Mortgage Update: 01/02/2018′

January 2, 2018dillonBlog0

WEEKLY MORTGAGE UPDATE – DECEMBER 31, 2017

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FIRST TEAM’S WEEKLY MORTGAGE WATCH (DECEMBER 31ST, 2017) THIS WEEK HIGHLIGHTS THE FOLLOWING UPDATES:

  • 2017 ended with mortgage rates remaining at astonishingly competitive levels. Despite year-after-year predictions that rates would be climbing, we’ve finished another year with low rates.
  • Much of last week’s increase was due to traders locking in profits, as the one economic report, Consumer Confidence, posted a significant decline, which was likely due to the drama about the tax legislation.
  • This week starts with the ISM Manufacturing Index and ends with the monthly employment data.
  • According to some models, GDP for the fourth quarter may be running at 2.8%. If this week’s data reveals that December was a better month than expected, then we could see those models adjusted upward to 3.0% or better.
  • This would be significant as we haven’t seen three quarters with 3.0% GDP or better growth since 2004-2005.
  • As we watch pundits and experts make their predictions for rate trends in 2018, it is well worth noting that we are in completely uncharted economic territory. The most important thing, when dealing with mortgages, is to work with someone that you trust.

LOAN LIMITS MOVING UPWARD AGAIN

Every year, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac adjust their loan limits. This year the limits will be raised by about seven percent. The standard loan limit is increasing from $424,100 to $453,100. In high-cost areas, the limit can go as high as $679,650. The Federal Housing Administration is required to match the Freddie and Fannie limits, so FHA loan limits will also rise. Want to know what this means for you? Please give me a call and we can discuss how this impacts you.

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