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Lock Today or Bet on the Fed?

As always with this kind of pseudo-crystal-ball post, take what I say here with a healthy dose of counsel from […]

Hey, Here's an Idea: Work with the actual homeowner!

So now, apropos of the foreclosure mess, which we addressed last week, Sheila Bair, the Chairwoman of the Federal Deposit […]

The Other QEII (Hint, It's Not a Ship)

Along about this time last year, there was a lot of chatter in the news and financial channels about the […]

Foreclosure Moratorium - How Deep Are The Answers?

The entire capitalist system is built on one thing: capital.  Capital can be anything at all – literally – but […]


More Bad News on Loan Modifications

Loan modifications have been fading in and out of favor since the idea was floated that the federal government could […]

To Refi or Not - One Simple Test

There are a lot of reasons to refinance a home, and a lot of reasons (probably the same number) NOT […]

I'm from the Government, and I'm Here to Help

Ever hear of the Law of Unintended Consequences?  It states that when Congress passes a law to fix one problem, […]

Breaking: FHA Fees, They Are A'Changin'

The Seattle Times reports that the Senate has passed a bill allowing for some changes in the FHA fee structure, […]

Borrower, Employ Thyself! But First...

Economic times are tough.  There are layoffs and threatened branch closings, all sorts of unrest in the labor markets.  The […]

And Now for Something Slightly Different

MortgagesUnzipped is a great blog with terrific information on how to get through the minefield of getting a loan.  Every […]

Man, Was THAT Prediction Wrong.

Okay, so I was wrong. At least I wasn’t the only one. Last month I wrote about how the expiration […]

Fed Phases Out...oh, never mind.

Bond traders are not idiots. I’ve blogged about this before.  People that invest in the bond and stock markets tend […]

RateWatch October 28 - Sustainable? Depends on what you mean.

Markets: The bond market has reversed itself the last two days and is headed higher once again.  It has broken […]

Back to the Future, or, What Marathon Running and Mortgage Loans Have In Common

So this guy comes into my office. He sits down, we have a chat, and at one point he says, […]

RateWatch - Recovery? Not So Fast!

Market: So the economy is roaring back, eh? Weeeeellllll…. Some are beginning to wonder.  Mortgage-backed securities (these are the bonds […]

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