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interest-rates-headlineIf you haven’t noticed, mortgage rates are at a new low. But does that mean our economy is at a new low or is it on the rise?  Probably both, I really don’t know.

It kind of sucks because people have been hearing “record low interest rates” or “lowest rates in 30 years” for a while now but those are only sales terms.. They finally have a new connotation. Rates really are at a new low which explains why mortgage applications have shot up to a record 5 year high.. thats back in 2003. 80% of that rise in applications are Refinances. Rates have dropped because of The Federal Reserves pledge of billions of dollars just one month ago.

For people with REALLY poor credit… example.. you haven’t paid your mortgage/bills in over 3 months. Anything over 600 credit score is kosher for a new interest rate around 5.18% … This is real.. 5.18% is very low. The lowest Freddie mac has recorded since 1971.

But say you have ok credit.. and you have some equity in your house. The 30 year fixed rate is at 5.18%.. cheap money right? You can pick up a 15 year extension on your mortgage, Cash out with a rate of 4.92%..

Even 5 year Adjustable rates are low.. around 5.49%

I would say all of these low rates is going to be the stick of dynamite needed to break up the clogged log fluke and bring home sales back up from the free fall it was in.  It might be able to stir up our economy too with all the homeowners cashing out.

So if your in New Jersey and you are wondering what to do because you’re short on money and you just spent a good portion of your reserves on christmas presents, give us a call. See what we can do for you over at Ford Financial!

MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANNUKAH, And A GREAT KWANZA

600px-us-federalreservesystem-seal1With the Implosion of the mortgage market. Unfortunately we had to slow up and focus more attention on other areas of the business EXCLUDING this blog!! Wellll on that note things have picked up a bit and rates are at a CRAZY low. NOW is the oppurtunity for everyone to refinance. The Fed (short for federal reserve.. aka the people that print off our money)  cut mortgage rates because of the poor state of our economy.

What happens is the federal reserve lends money that they print off and charge an interest rate to banks. The banks then charge an interest rate on that money to us, the consumer. The “prime” rate is the rate directly influenced by the federal reserve and is usually 3 percentage points higher.  The fed rate is down to about .25% which translates a prime rate of about 3.25%. This is extremely low causing mortgage rates to drop to the low 5 percentage, even as low as 4.75%.

Call us to talk about how low we can get your current rate. This is cheap money. The only tough part is that the credit crunch is still effecting many and shaky credit may not get the same low rates.

here is a relative article