Continued Negative Housing Data Keeps Mortgage Rates Low

August 27, 2010

Daily Mortgage Updates

Doug Katz Mortgage Broker 27 August 2010 – For those of you that did not read or heed my post last week, congratulations. You have received a reprieve on low rates. Continued abysmal housing data released this week reinforced the belief that we are far from turning the corner on our current economic woes. Existing home sales dropped by a whopping 27.2%. Employment data did improve, but not enough to convince the investing community that the end of the recession is in sight. In response, mortgage rates continued to stay extremely low as continued talk of a double dip recession became the debate de jour.

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In the midst of the gloom and doom, I want to take a moment to shine a light on what this data actually means. While your portfolio has taken a beating and the Dow is hovering around 10,000, there are benefits for those who seek them. In the midst of this mess, we are experiencing one of the strongest buyers markets in history. That is not to say that you are going to score a home at some unfathomably low price, but it does mean that you will be able to buy a home at a discount and finance it at unprecedented low interest rates. In short, we are experiencing a perfect storm for homebuyers, which should not be ignored.


For homeowners considering a refinance, there is a chance to significantly increase cash flow. While appraisals still remain a challenge, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have altered their guidelines allowing homeowners to borrower in excess of 100% of their property value without the burden of mortgage insurance. Like anything of value, however, these benefits are only falling upon the shrewd and savvy borrower who actively seeks the financial diamond hidden in a mountain of bad news and pessimism.

I am recommending my clients lock. Fifteen or more days out, however, as we are far from a full recovery and some opportunity still exists.

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About Doug Katz

As the Senior Mortgage Banker and Sales Manager for Chicago Bancorp, Doug not only originates loans for his personal business, but also oversees affiliations with banks and other financial institutions that depend on Chicago Bancorp to meet their client’s lending needs. In this role, Doug directs the day-to-day mortgage sales operations of over 25 branches in a multitude of Chicagoland’s diverse communities. He brings to these relationships a wealth of industry experience and a dedication to an exceptional client experience that has established Chicago Bancorp as Chicago’s pre-eminent mortgage solution providers. Prior to joining Chicago Bancorp, Doug attended and graduated from West Point. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army Artillery, where served 5 years in numerous roles and in various deployments include service in Kuwait. In addition to his Bachelor’s Degree from West Point, Doug holds an M.B.A. from Loyola University Chicago, where he was also inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. He also served as President for the West Point Society of Chicago from 2003 to 2005 and still serves on the Board of Directors. When not working, he spends his time with his wife and three children in their hometown of Oak Park, as well as pursuing his passions for fitness, cooking and the banjo. Doug can be reached by phone at 312.738.6079, by email at, on his own blogs, and Vet Money Matters. He's also on LinkedIn.

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