Posts Covering Federal Reserve
August 21, 2014
The Federal Reserve is still a long way from removing its market stimulus. How it's affecting mortgage rates and what to expect. Analysis and quotes.
July 30, 2014
Mortgage rates are higher after the Federal Reserve's July 2014 meeting. How high will rates ultimately go? Analysis and live rate quotes here.
July 29, 2014
The Fed adjourns from a 2-day meeting Wednesday. The Fed doesn't set your mortgage rates but it influences them. Consider locking in now -- before rates rise.
June 19, 2014
Mortgage rates are lower after the Federal Reserve's June 2014 meeting, and have moved within ticks of this year's lows. Analysis and live mortgage rates.
April 10, 2014
The Federal Reserve changed its messaging to markets. How it's affecting mortgage rates and what to expect. Analysis and live mortgage rate quotes.
January 29, 2014
The Federal Reserve January 2013 statement included a second QE3 taper. Unexpectedly, though, mortgage rates are dropping. Get a live market quote here.
January 13, 2014
The Federal Reserve has started to end its support for low mortgage rates. What's the latest you can lock, and still get a great low rate? Find out here.
December 18, 2013
The Federal Reserve December 2013 statement announced the QE3 taper. Why mortgage rates won't immediately rise and what you should look for.
December 17, 2013
Low mortgage rates are at risk. The Federal Reserve meets this week and the group could begin winding down QE3. What it means for mortgage rates through the next 16 weeks.
November 21, 2013
At least one Federal Reserve members wants to end QE3 in the very near future. Wall Street doesn't like the news. Mortgage rates are rising. Is this your last chance for low rates?
October 31, 2013
The Federal Reserve has left its mortgage rate-suppressing QE3 in play for another 6 weeks, at least. See today's rates. Don't miss out.
October 30, 2013
The Federal Reserve adjourns from its October 2013 meeting today. Mortgage rates are expected to move. Floating a mortgage rate? Consider locking in -- just in case rates rise.
October 10, 2013
September's Fed Minutes show committee members ready to taper QE3. But that was before the shutdown. Mortgage rates may soon hit the 3s.
July 31, 2013
U.S. mortgage rates are dropping after the Federal Reserve pledged to keep its rate-supressing QE3 program in place. When will QE3 end? Read more to find out.
July 11, 2013
The June 2013 FOMC Minutes show Federal Reserve members intent on helping the U.S. economy grow, but divided on what to do about QE3, among other programs. Mortgage rates are rising as a result.
June 19, 2013
Mortgage rates are climbing after the June 2013 FOMC meeting. Could the best of this year's mortgage rates be behind us? A look ahead.
May 1, 2013
Mortgage rates are falling after May 2013 FOMC statement. Today's home buyers and refinancing households can now access the lowest mortgage rates in recorded history.
April 30, 2013
Mortgage rates aren't controlled by the Federal Reserve but mortgage rates will fluctuate after the FOMC adjourns from its May 2013 meeting.
April 15, 2013
The Fed Minutes show a divided Federal Reserve. Mortgage rates are expected to be volatile through May, at least.
March 20, 2013
Mortgage rates are rising after March 2013 FOMC statement. The Federal Reserve doesn't control mortgage rates but, today, it's influencing them.
January 31, 2013
Mortgage rates are slightly better after the January 2013 FOMC statement. Lock your mortgage rate before Friday's job report can unwind it.
November 15, 2012
Mortgage rates remain low after the Federal Reserve published its October Fed Minutes. More bond-buying programs such as QE3 may be planned for 2013.
October 24, 2012
The Federal Reserve pledged to keep QE3 in place after its October 2012 meeting. Mortgage rates are slightly improved.
October 24, 2012
The FOMC controls the Fed Funds Rate. Wall Street controls mortgage rates. Mortgage rates will rise long before the Fed Funds Rate does.
September 13, 2012
The Federal Reserve launched its third round of quantitative easing (QE3), helping to push mortgage rates to new all-time lows.
August 23, 2012
Mortgage rates rose during August because Wall Street thought the Fed was done with its stimulus. Turns out, Wall Street may be wrong.
August 1, 2012
The Fed made no new plans for economic or monetary stimulus today. Here's how that decision is affecting your mortgage rates.
July 31, 2012
The FOMC starts a 2-day meeting today. No matter what the Fed does -- or doesn't do -- mortgage rates are primed to move. Is your mortgage rate at-risk?
July 11, 2012
The Federal Reserve is taking a more earnest look at QE3 than previously thought, June's Fed Minutes reveals. Mortgage rates are now rising.
June 27, 2012
The Federal Reserve doesn't set mortgage rates but it can change them with new policy. Low mortgage rates may not last.
2014 Conforming & FHA Loan Limits
Mortgage loan limits for every U.S. county,
as published by Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac, and the FHA.