Mortgage Confidential: Is Now the Time?


Mortgage expert David Reed invites Walletpop readers to ask him questions about real estate financing. leave your questions in the comment section of this post.

Q: What are your thoughts on the feds likelihood of dropping the interests rates again. I'd like to buy a home during this period of lower home prices, and relatively low interest rates. Trying to judge the housing market and interest rates to get them at there best levels is tricky. When do you think it will be the best time to jump in to get the most for my money. Thanks in advance, Steve

A: Steve- Fixed mortgage rates anticipate Fed moves and don't react to them. When the Fed makes a cut, mortgage rates view that move as an indicator of the future of the economy. When the Fed slashed the Fed Funds rate over a series of cuts, mortgage lenders saw that the Fed interpreted our economy as in dire, dire straits. Rates moved downward as a result. Wall Street is in general agreement that the next Fed cut will be a less draconian 1/4%.