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Fed steps in and cuts again - Bernanke pulls out all the stops to ailing economy


Joe Gonzalez
Branch Manager
1st Metropolitan Mortgage
Phone: 610-351-7510

The Federal Reserve significantly cut rates today for the sixth straight time since September. This follows a busy weekend where the Fed also extended its hand to Wall Street, bailing out Bear Stearns with JP Morgan Chase. While rate cuts look good at face value, you need to prepare for what's to come.

Why did they do this?
The Fed wants you to start spending money and wants to boost consumer and Wall Street confidence. Consumers are under stress with increasing consumer prices and a slowing housing market. Wall Street banks have been under stress from mortgage defaults and their impact on corporate balance sheets.

How does this impact you?
Fed rate cuts are inflationary. Since the Fed started cutting rates in September of last year, oil prices are up nearly 40%, gold prices are up over 25%. This is the direct result of a falling dollar which occurs from Fed rate cuts.

As a result, mortgage rates will ultimately rise from here. It is inevitable. Inflation is the arch enemy of fixed-income investments, long-term bonds and mortgage-backed securities, upon which mortgage rates are based.

Here's a look at the inflation picture: Gas prices last September, prior to the Fed's current cutting trend, were roughly $2.75 a gallon. Today, gasoline averages $3.25 a gallon nationally, up 18% before the first rate cut. This is a sign of inflation.

What should you do now?
If you are looking to refinance, don't wait. Act now to get a great interest rate. Home loan rates have come down over 1.00% in the last two weeks. But after each of the last five rate cuts, we have seen rates rise significantly in a short period of time. Don't get caught saying "I wish I had..."

If you are looking to purchase a home, I want to hear from you right away. Home prices have to fall over 10% to make back what you lose in monthly housing payments if rates increase 1.00%. There are some great buys out there today!

Next step
Pick up the phone and call me. You owe it to yourself. I will review your situation and let you know what I can do to put some money in your pocket. If you wait, it could cost you thousands of dollars. I look forward to hearing from you.

For help or questions contact:

Joe Gonzalez

Senior Loan Consultant -  NMLS #126036
GMH Mortgage Services, LLC
625 W. Ridge Pike, Building C, Suite 100 | Conshohocken, PA  19428 | Direct: 610-355-8039 |  Cell: 610-739-6563

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Comment balloon 3 commentsJoe Gonzalez • March 18 2008 05:02PM


Hey Joe .... Down down it goes. If they keep cutting, tere won't be any left to cut.

Sean Allen

Posted by Sean Allen, International Financing Solutions (International Financing Solutions ) almost 12 years ago
Joe - If they want me to start spending money, it'd be nice if they'd look at gas & oil prices....let alone health care:-)
Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) almost 12 years ago
Hi Joe, the feds should definitely start with gasoline prices and heating costs.  We are all giving up some of the things we were used to.  We just seem to have so much less.  Have you noticed the food prices lately?  We don't spend anything that we don't have to any more.....
Posted by Ernie & Barb Suto (Century 21 Preferred Realty) almost 12 years ago