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Articles about Interest Rates


Commercial | September 2018 
Rising Interest Rates Signal a New Investment Climate
Historically low interest rates over the past decade have set the stage for many commercial real estate developers to easily obtain conventional financing in order to build, acquire, renovate or repos...
By Sanford Herrick, founder and managing principal, Case Real Estate Capital LLC

Commercial | September 2018 
Help Your Clients Cash In
In a rising interest rate environment, borrowers are not looking to refinance out of the low rates they’ve locked in over the course of the past three to five years. With commercial-property values co...
By Miles Farquhar, president and portfolio manager, SC Financial Service

Residential | August 2018 
Get to Know How the Fed Affects Rates
Many people believe that the actions of the Federal Reserve have substantial impact on mortgage interest rates. This is not the case. The Federal Reserve is the central bank of the United S...
By Dick Lepre, senior loan adviser, RPM Mortgage

Commercial | August 2018 
Some Financing Deals Gain More Traction Than Others
Change is in the air. Lenders appear to have commenced a slow transition over the last year toward originating more loans for owner-occupied commercial real estate transactions. The abundance of ...
By Rob Diodato, president, York Commercial Finance

Commercial | July 2018 
The Self-Storage Niche Is a Deal Generator
E-commerce giant Amazon is a major character driving the national real estate story these days, and the self-storage sector is a major subplot in that narrative. No matter where you go in Seattle — th...
By Billy Meyer, managing director of real estate lending, Columbia Pacific Advisors

Residential | May 2018 
The Bond Market as Crystal Ball
Your phone rings. On the line is a client, who asks, “Where are rates going? Should we lock today?” In such a situation, as a mortgage originator, you can’t afford to react like a deer stunned by...
By Dick Lepre, senior loan adviser, RPM Mortgage

Residential | May 2018 
Mortgage Industry Outlook
For more than 100 consecutive months, the U.S. economy has continued to grow, with real gross domestic product (GDP) per capita increasing by nearly 13 percent over that period of time, accor...
By Tom Gillen, senior vice president of capital markets, Churchill Mortgage

Commercial | May 2018 
Eco-Consciousness Is Within Reach
The combination of higher interest rates, compressed cap rates and increased operating costs have forced many players in the commercial real estate sector to search for alternatives to save on financi...
By Igor Zhizhin, president, American Street Capital LLC

Residential | March 2018 
Canary in the Coal Mine
An old coal-mining safeguard used caged canary birds to detect carbon monoxide and other toxic gases before they hurt humans. If the canary died, miners needed to get out of the mine quickly. ...
By Eric Fedewa, managing partner, Ascend Capital Partners LLC

Commercial | October 2017 
Direct Lenders Are Land-Deal Friendly
Traditional lenders, such as banks, typically consider land loans too risky to fund. Most look only at the tax returns, financial statements and creditworthiness of the borrower as well as the current...
By Mark Falzone, senior loan officer, Kennedy Funding Financial

Commercial | September 2017 
SBA Loans Enhance Your Value and Profits
Small businesses are the backbone of the nation’s economy as the biggest job creators and major drivers of thriving communities. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) developed the CDC/504 loan...
By Barbara Morrison, founder and president, TMC Financing

Commercial | August 2017 
Private Money Can Move Mountains
Private money has evolved immensely over the last 10 to 15 years, especially since the Great Recession. The value private lenders bring to a transaction is much greater than in years past. Pricing is ...
By John Odegard, president and founder, Seattle Funding Group

Residential | June 2017 
Rate Hike Calls for Reassurance
The Federal Reserve’s recent interest-rate increases — 0.25 percentage-point increases in December 2016 and again this past March — and the high likelihood of future increases on the horizon may not s...
By Mike Kinane, head of consumer lending, TD Bank

Residential | May 2017 
Bring Back the Buy-Down
Prior to the mortgage meltdown, “buying down” the interest rate — or paying points to refinance — was commonplace in the industry. Over the past decade, however, there has been a shift, with bor...
By Aron Rofer, president and general counsel, Power Choice Mortgage Advisors

Residential | May 2017 
Finding Comfort in History
 KEY POINTS Reasons not to be concerned by Federal Reserve actions During money-tightening periods, increases in bond yields generally are less than half of the increase in the federal funds ra...
By Brent Nyitray, director of capital markets, iServe Residential Lending


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