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Los Angeles Mortgage Rates Report: February 28, 2008

I had a complete meltdown on my Twitter feed, yesterday.  Bernanke told the House that he was concerned about inflation but more concerned about a recession.  I initially reversed my float recommendation and subsequently changed it back to lock because I thought Wall Street would hate Ben's remarks; I was wrong.  I violated the first principle; don't fight the Fed.

The Federal Reserve is worried about a recession.  I think we can expect the Fed to cut rates next month.. The anticipation of that cut gives us a chance to see mortgage rates drift lower.  You should CAUTIOUSLY FLOAT your mortgage rate if your closing is over 7 days away; I think you'll have some room to get a mortgage rate that is .125% to .25% lower than it is today.

We're you paying attention to my Valentine's Day gift of love? I pointed out the hot curves on the 10/1 ARM; it was a full 1% lower than a 30 year fixed.  She's not as sexy as she was last week but the 10/1 ARM is still .5% better in rate than the 30 year fixed.

This morning's report is a bit more dry than the others because today will be busy.  The Gross Domestic Product showed that the economy is teetering on the brink of recession.  That news will be good for mortgage rates.  The market is volatile so always check Mortgage Rates Report for updated recommendations.

BREAKING NEWS: I'll be offering this syndicated column for Home Gain as "National Mortgage Rates Report", every Monday and Thursday.


Los Angeles Mortgage Rates Report: February 25, 2008

I haven't posted much because I'm still locking all mortgage rates, for Los Angeles home buyers, at application.  The market is so volatile because some on Wall Street believe that we're NOT going to have a recession and that the Fed will reverse course and start raising the Discount and Fed Funds rates.britt

Say What?  Well, I don't make the rules, I follow them.  While I expect to see lower rates in 6 months, today, they're rising faster than a popstar's audience grows.  Of course, what goes up can come crashing down (ask Britt) but today, we're dealing with higher mortgage rates.

The strategy I recommend is to obtain a 10/1 ARM at 5.375% (5.62% apr) with no discount points.  You can lower the rate on that loan to 5.125% by paying a point upfront but it will take over 5 years to recoup that cost; I think you'll sell or refinance during that time (or have an opportunity to do so).  I just can't understand why anyone would want a 30 year fixed AT EXACTLY 1% HIGHER than the 10/1 ARM.

Okay, let's get back to Britney Spears; she'll illustrate my point about the 10/1 ARM.  In 1999, she was 17 years old and the hottest thing since Elvis.  She released her debut album, Baby One More Time, and was the darling of kings and Presidents.  Today, Britt's struggling in rehab and dealing with custody issues.  In ten years, she will find God, get re-married, remake her career, and be considered one of the most influential artists of all time (only in America).  Now, I'm exaggerating to reduce the ten year time frame to the ridiculous.  I only wish the best for Britney and certainly wish the best for you.

That's why I'm so adamant about the ten year ARM.

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