green couch in a living room with a brick wall and natural light from windows to the right side with green plants 3.3 million people filed for unemployment last week, shattering the previous record of 700,000 set in 1982.

    Normally, such news would send rates into a massive downward spiral – but not in today’s world.

    Rates remain higher primarily b/c of the extra risks involved with mortgages now.

    These risks are enormous and include job losses by borrowers, missed payments, early-pay-off penalties, first-payment-defaults and all sorts of demands for capital.

    In other words, the entire mortgage industry is as precarious as the rest of the economy now and lenders are doing everything they can to remain financially sound.


    Pundits still expect rates to fall further but they have no idea when that will happen, as it could be weeks or months before the risks and capacity issues that are keeping rates higher dissipate.

    Hence, we are advising our clients to lock now and then to refinance later on (at no cost in most cases) if and when rates fall again.


    Despite the excess volume and the risks in the industry, we are still competing for purchase loans and seeing some amazing things.

    One lender was quoting rates that they could not even lock in until the loan was approved.

    This seemed very irresponsible in light of how volatile the market is right now; rates can easily move as much as 3/8% in a single day.

    And some lenders are still trying to reel in borrowers even though they cannot find appraisers for their transactions.

    Once again though – we are not having difficulty finding appraisers for our purchases.

    The lesson for agents is this: make sure the lender trying to reel in your client can actually perform; many can’t now but are just hoping to keep borrowers in their pipelines until they actually can.

    Jay Voorhees
    Founder/Broker | JVM Lending
    (855) 855-4491 | DRE# 1197176, NMLS# 310167

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