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Mortgage Rates at 2013 Lows; HARP Petition; Eminent Domain Back Again
Posted to: Daily Newsletter
Monday, January 14, 2013 5:32 PM

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Jan 14, 2013 2:56PM

Mortgage Rates Return To 2013 Lows

Mortgage rates improved moderately to begin the week, bringing most lenders back to levels not seen since January 2nd or before. Following the Fiscal Cliff "mini-deal," FOMC Minutes, and Employment Report two weeks ago, rates rose at to their highest levels since before the Fed announced it's most recent buying program for MBS (the "mortgage-backed securities" that most directly influence rates) in mid September. The Best-Execution rate for Conventional 30yr Fixed loans is back down to 3.375% for...

Jan 14, 2013 2:21PM

Another City Looks at Eminent Domain as Solution to Foreclosures

Another city hard hit by the housing crisis has proposed exercising its power of eminent domain on behalf of its underwater homeowners. The City Council of Brockton, Massachusetts voted this week to commission a study into the feasibility of such a move, joining several municipalities in California and the City of Chicago which have already taken a look at such an undertaking. Brockton, an old industrial city located south of Boston, has seen the median price of its housing drop from $260,000 to...

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Negative Reprice Reported, Despite MBS Holding Steady

1:01 PM:

MBS Hit Lows, But Holding Sideways In Quiet Trading.

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Fed's Williams sees need for QE3 "well into" second half of 2013

10:01 AM:

Calmly Holding Overnight Gains As Resistance Sets In

2:16 PM:

Treasury Rally Continues. MBS Catching Some Benefit

1:03 PM:

MBS Turn Green As Bond Market Hold Ground

10:01 AM:

Another Friday, Another Nauseating Sell-Off In The Morning

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ECON: Import/Export Prices Roughly In Line With Expectations

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