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Nov 06

October Jobs Report Blows Away Estimates; Mortgage Rates Falling

  Another month, another good showing for the U.S. economy. Mortgage rates are performing surprisingly well after Friday's release of the October 2012 Non-Farm Payrolls report. The Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly report beat Wall Street expectations, while also showing a giant revision to the previously-released job tallies of August and September. 171,000 net new jobs were created last month against calls for 125,000 and revisions for the two months prior totalled … [Read more...]

Oct 09

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week : October 9, 2012

Mortgage markets worsened last week for the first time in a month as the U.S. economy showed signs of improvement, and the Eurozone stepped closer to launching its $500 billion euro rescue fund. Conforming mortgage rates in DC rose last week on the whole -- even though Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey proclaimed that they fell. This occurred because Freddie Mac's weekly mortgage rate survey is conducted between Monday and Tuesday each week and, last week, mortgage rates were … [Read more...]

Dec 01

Friday’s Jobs Report Represents A Big Risk To Low Mortgage Rates

Have you been floating a mortgage rate? It may be time to lock. At 8:30 AM ET Friday, the government's Bureau of Labor Statistics will release its November Non-Farm Payrolls report. Better known as "the jobs report", the monthly Non-Farm Payrolls figures provide sector-by-sector employment data, and tally the size of the current U.S. workforce size. From these two elements, the national Unemployment Rate is derived. Since topping out at 10.2% in October 2009, the Unemployment Rate has … [Read more...]

Oct 06

A Mortgage Rate Strategy Ahead Of Friday’s Jobs Report

Mortgage rates are prepped to make big moves in the next 36 hours. Is it time for you to call in your rate lock? Friday, at 8:30 AM ET, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the Non-Farm Payrolls report for September. Issued monthly, the "jobs report" offers sector-by-sector job creation figures from the month prior, and reports on the national Unemployment Rate. Last month, exactly zero net new jobs were created, the government said. This month, economists expect a net 60,000 new … [Read more...]

Sep 01

With The Jobs Report Looming, Mortgage Rates May Rise

If you're shopping for a mortgage rate, today may be a good day to lock one down. That's because Friday morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will release its Non-Farm Payrolls report for August 2011. The "jobs report" tends to have a big influence on mortgage bonds and mortgage rates in District of Columbia. The jobs report is a monthly issuance, providing sector-by-sector analysis of the U.S. workforce. It also report the national Unemployment Rate. Wall Street expects the August … [Read more...]

May 05

Job Growth Returning To “Normal” Levels — A Bad Sign For Mortgage Rates

Be prepared for Friday morning. Mortgage rates and home affordability could worsen quickly. At 8:30 AM ET, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its April Non-Farm Payrolls report and momentum has been strong. The monthly jobs report is a market-mover and analysts expect that 196,000 new jobs were added last month. If those expectations are exceeded -- by even a little -- Wall Street would take it mean "economic strength" and the stock market would be boosted. Too bad for rate shoppers, … [Read more...]