Category: ‘The Housing Market’

The Federal Reserve’s Monumental Task

August 9, 2013 Posted by Andre Hemmersbach

Through financial news reports and various investment magazines I have been made aware of a coming moment in time somewhere in the future when the Federal Reserve will have to make an important decision to do something about their Quantitative Easing Program. Well many believe we are on the eve of this great day in the upcoming September 18th Fed meeting. Just the mere mention of slowing the program down by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has sent the fixed income market into turmoil since May 22nd. The program’s name itself “Quantitative Easing”, sounds safe enough and does not conjure up any visions of impending doom but the manner in which the Fed “unwinds” the program could have major ramifications. Because the Fed indirectly controls interest rates for credit cards, cars, business and home loans it also has a big influence on the well being of our and the world economies. The link below will take you to a speech given by President Richard W. Fisher of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and voting member of the Federal Reserve of the United States, that in my opinion is the best and most simple explanation of what the Fed has done and now must do. It clearly explains and depicts with charts the monumental task that faces the Federal Reserve over the next few months and years.

http://www.dallasfed.org/news/speeches/fisher/2013/fs130805.cfm

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South Bay Home Prices Higher and Inventories Still Low

July 26, 2013 Posted by Andre Hemmersbach

Sales prices in the Greater South Bay area have continued to move higher as inventories are still very low. These trends however, are rearward looking events and represent contracts that were written before the mortgage rate increases from 45 days ago. Of real interest are what the numbers will look like in August and September after homebuyers have had some time to digest and concider the higher mortgage rates and the higher monthly housing payments that corresponds with those higher rates.

Robert Dixon of RE/MAX Estate Properties in Palos Verdes thinks that the higher mortgage rates are not going to affect property prices in any substantive way. The number of borrowers who are deciding they have missed the oppurtunity to buy their first home are equal to the number of fence sitters that finally have decided “we better move now, before rates move even higher.” Robert does feel that the higher mortgage rates in conjuction with the traditional end of the summer buying season approaching will bring back a more normalized negotiation environment between buyers and sellers. “The last several months have seen a frenzy of buyers who are climbing over each other to have their offers accepted.”

Greater South Bay Listings vs Sales Prices

Greater South Bay LIstings vs Sales Prices

By Andre Hemmersbach

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Mortgage Rate Update

June 3, 2013 Posted by Andre Hemmersbach

I thought it would be timely to send you a financial chart that quickly shows you how much rates have moved over the last 4 weeks. The move has been pretty dramatic and started with some good job numbers in the begging of May.  The real catalyst however has been Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s comments regarding the Federal Reserve’s continued commitment to purchase Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS) in the wake of the stronger economic outlook. Low Mortgage Rates have been artificially supported by the Federal Reserve through heavy purchasing programs which have now come into question. The chart below shows bond prices, which are inverse of rates (red days means higher rates, green days means lower rates).

Please call me if you need further explanation of the current rate environment or need an update on how this affects your specific qualifications or payment amounts. 

MBS Chart

MBS Chart

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Newest Fad – Off Market Listings

March 22, 2013 Posted by Andre Hemmersbach

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Market Update July 2012

July 12, 2012 Posted by Andre Hemmersbach

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