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Jobs report tempers mortgage rates

The jobs picture improved slightly in July, but its impact on the housing recovery is more murky. Mortgage bankers shed 1,200 jobs, as their refinance business has dropped dramatically due to higher rates. The unemployment rate for young adults rose … Continue reading

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Home prices push past rising rates, says report

(Read more: Home values rise, but millions still drown in debt) Mortgage rates are about a full percentage point higher today than they were at the beginning of March. The average rate on the 30-year fixed hit 4.80 percent by … Continue reading

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Obama to push for reform of mortgage giants

The crux of his call, however, will be for more mortgage refinancing, which is, ironically, harder now that mortgage rates are rising. Rates are rising because the Federal Reserve is signaling that it will stop buying mortgage-backed securities now that … Continue reading

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Obama to push for housing reform of mortgage giants

The crux of his call, however, will be for more mortgage refinancing, which is, ironically, harder now that mortgage rates are rising. Rates are rising because the Federal Reserve is signaling that it will stop buying mortgage-backed securities now that … Continue reading

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Why Housing Affordability Is at Risk

The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage dropped to 3.68 percent last week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. From 1985 through 1999, rates ranged from 6 to 13 percent. Present low rates have allowed buyers to purchase more … Continue reading

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