Mortgage Rates Up for the First Time in Weeks

August 20, 2010

Daily Mortgage Updates

Doug Katz Mortgage Broker 20 August 2010 – Well folks, we may have hit the bottom, at least in the short-term that is. Rates ticked a bit lower than last week Monday and Tuesday, but began a mild movement upward by the middle of the week. This slight change was likely less the result of economic factors than the deluge of applications overwhelming lenders. To understand this, you need to understand that lenders can and do sometimes raise rates independent of the equities and bond markets as the meet their production capacity. This market favors mortgage banks as they can take advantage small variations in market pricing offered by different investors to whom they sell to secure you the best rate. That said borrowers currently should worry less about rate and more about execution.

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Every boom has an effect on lender capacity. Like any process, the loan process has a maximum capacity and certain constraints. Most of the time, lenders can flex to meet demand, but during a boom, demand can easily exceed capacity. Although they do have a greater overall capacity, these booms tend to hit the large National lenders worse than regional players. If you are considering a transaction at his time, I would advise strongly in favor of using a local lender that underwrites and funds their own loans. In boom situations, they usually run on significantly shorter timelines than their monolithic brethren. This is especially important in meeting a closing requirement to coincide with the expiration of a rate lock without facing costly extensions.


I am recommending my clients lock in the short-term for the aforementioned reasons. Fifteen or more days out, however, floating can still bear fruit as lender capacity stabilizes.

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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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