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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 doug@chicagobancorp.com, on his own blogs, BankerDoug.com and Vet Money Matters. He's also on LinkedIn.

Mortgages Inch Lower Due to Employment and Spanish Debt Concerns

Written by: - March 11, 2011

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11 March 2011 – This week I feel a bit like Oliver Twist with my bowl outstretched in front of me as I beg for more. The lack of upward movement alone should be considered stupendous, but we actually saw a nudge down in pricing. I cannot, however, get past the belief that we should […]

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Improved Employment Numbers Reverse Mortgage Rate Trend

Written by: - March 4, 2011

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4 March 2011 – I usually like being right. In my last update, I addressed the fickleness of markets and advised that the lower rates of late could be a fleeting affair. Based on the events of the last week, the turned out to be more prophecy than prognostication as we saw the week end […]

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Mortgage Rates Dip in Wake of Increased Libyan Unrest

Written by: - February 25, 2011

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Weekly Mortgage Commentary: Turmoil in Middle East and Unemployment Keep Rates Low

Written by: - February 18, 2011

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18 February 2011 – This week, we finally saw a return to normalcy. For months, mortgage professionals have felt like we had stepped through the lending looking glass into some Carrollesque world driven by completely different laws of nature and physics. We have been scratching our heads, perplexed by the mortgage markets ability to repeatedly […]

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Mortgage Rates Continue to Rise in the Face of Economic Optimism

Written by: - February 11, 2011

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11 February 2011 – I have begun to use a good news/bad news analogy when speaking with my clients about locking, which I feel provides a good characterization of the week that was in mortgage rates. A good number of these clients had loans in process and chose to follow my advice to lock over […]

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Instability in Middle East Not Enough To Keep Rates Down

Written by: - February 4, 2011

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4 February 2011 – Well this week I am disappointed. I had a great weekly planned. A parody of Walk Like an Egyptian entitled Riot Like an Egyptian that had all sorts of great connections between the craziness in the Middle East to higher oil prices, a spooked stock market and better mortgage rates, but […]

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The State of the Union Is Strong, But Mortgage Rates Are Just So-So

Written by: - January 28, 2011

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28 January 2011 – This week presented a huge amount of risk for rate watchers. With a slew of economic data, a Fed meeting, the State of the Union address and some T-bill auctions, there was the potential for rates to hit some new highs. Luckily, this did not occur. cytotec pricing From the government […]

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Short Week Brings Fleeting Mortgage Rate Lock Opportunities

Written by: - January 21, 2011

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21 January 2011 – So this week, I had a bit of writer’s block. I sat and thought about how I can best describe the current level of lunacy and frustration in the mortgage market. Then, like a beam from Heaven it came to me in the memories of my favorite Warner Brother’s cartoons and […]

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Mortgages Remain Flat on T-Bill Auction and Weak Economic Data

Written by: - January 14, 2011

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14 January 2011 – Never has flat felt so good. For weeks, lenders have been living with the specter of further rate spikes looming like the sword of Damocles. Luckily the thread has held and, although the sword remains, we have lived another week without the aforementioned drop. In this “take what you can get, […]

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Practical Thinking for the New Mortgage Rate Environment

Written by: - January 7, 2011

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Practical Thinking for the New Mortgage Rate Environment

If you have not been considering a real estate transaction recently, this may come as news to you, but the price for mortgages is on the rise. The question, however, most often posed by borrowers in these volatile times is whether the salad days of the sub-4.5% mortgage rates are well behind us. order cialis […]

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Jobs Data Happy Tune for Economy, but Funeral Dirge for Low Mortgage Rates

Written by: - January 7, 2011

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7 January 2011 – The word of the week is jobs. For months, we have heard economists near and far assure us that as go jobs so goes the economy. After all, to buy goods and pay their mortgages, consumers need a steady and predictable source of income, i.e. a job. Now after painful year […]

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Mortgage Rates Flirt With 5%

Written by: - December 17, 2010

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17 December 2010 – This week in mortgage interest rates could have been worse. While we started with another upward climb, rates for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgages retreated a bit by Thursday. Based on the extreme pain of the last 30 or so days, this was jump up and kick your heels together […]

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Mortgage Rates Skyrocket on Tax Cut Compromise

Written by: - December 10, 2010

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Mortgage Rates Skyrocket on Tax Cut Compromise

This week was bad for rates, really bad. If you are not in the industry, it is impossible to describe what happens when you see rate increases like we saw this week, so I will once again defer to history to illustrate what occurred. cialis online doctor “It’s fire and it’s crashing! It’s crashing terrible! […]

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