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Articles about Interest Rates


Residential | August 2007 
Rules to the Rate Game
Mortgage customers want the lowest interest rates and demand even lower. As a mortgage broker, you have no control over what interest rates lenders are charging, but clients may force you to keep s...
By Victor Hunt, president, GLE Inc.

Residential | May 2007 
You’re Special — So Show It
I’m no psychic, but I would be willing to guess that a prospect has questioned you about your rates and fees at least once. There’s an easy way to prevent this from happening, however. Es...
By Andy Lockwood, author, MortgageMarketingWhiz

Residential | March 2007 
Increase Business with Investor Clients
I’m not a mortgage broker or even a Realtor. I’m simply a client or prospect with a difference — I’m a real estate investor. Investors like me make much of your business possible, especial...
By Dr. Ken Rich, retired physician, professional real estate investor

Residential | January 2007 
Q&A: David Seiders, National Association of Home Builders
Despite all the talk of a housing slowdown, NAHB chief economist David Seiders doesn’t see this year as all doom and gloom. He opines that the current slowdown is just what the real estate market ne...
By Melinda Young, associate editor, Scotsman Guide Media, Inc

Residential | January 2007 
Why Rate Volatility is Good for Business
In the mortgage industry, rising and falling interest rates can offer brokers the opportunity to work with past clients. Be sure and take advantage of this opportunity to grow your business. ...
By Thomas E. Jandt, CEO, i3 Financial Inc

Commercial | October 2008 
Rates of Interest
Where interest rates are heading seems to be one of the most-popular questions borrowers ask. Conventional wisdom says that slow economic growth and a presidential election indicate lower mortgage r...
By Robert W. Dudek, chief lending officer, Statewide Home Loan Corp.

Residential | October 2008 
Build Business by Helping Clients Creatively
As many mortgage brokers know, helping clients find the best solution for financing takes creativity, especially in the current market. By educating your clients about their options, you can build c...
By Anthony L. Porro, founder, Research Realty Services LLC

Residential | August 2008 
Insuring Your Company’s Future
Many people wonder why the nonprime-mortgage market collapsed, and many find it even more mysterious to comprehend where the money that the market thought once existed went. Therein lies ...
By J. Craig Williams, civil-trial advocate, The Williams Lindberg Law Firm PC

Residential | May 2008 
Forget About Rates and Fees
Across the country, when people look at the Sunday newspaper’s real estate section or turn on the radio, they are exposed to a deluge of mortgage advertisements. In most cases, if the company names ...
By Todd Armstrong, communication manager, GB Mortgage

Commercial | December 2014 
Minimize the Impact of Rising Interest Rates
When asked about the future direction of the stock market, legendary financier John Pierpont “J.P.” Morgan reportedly said, “It will fluctuate.” As mortgage and financial industry professionals know, ...
By Jerry Sager, senior managing director, First National

Residential | May 2009 
Behind the Veil of Market Reports
It seems as if every new day brings fresh headlines about the housing market. But there's more than meets the eye when it comes to economic indicators and our industry. Mortgage brokers should know ...
By Steve Cook, managing editor, Real Estate Economy Watch and UPI Real Estate

Commercial | March 2009 
SBA May Save the Day
This past year was a tough one for the commercial mortgage industry. Numbers were down across the board as lending slowed. The slowdown included U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) l...
By Jeff Rauth, vice president of business development, Celtic Bank

Commercial | February 2014 
Will Your Deals See Daylight in 2014?
As this year unfolds, there has been an unmistakable positive sentiment among mortgage professionals and lenders in the commercial real estate finance market. This sentiment echoes the results of a su...
By Charles H. Green, managing director, Small Business Finance Institute

Residential | November 2013 
The Intersection of Hard Money and Section 32
Hard-money lending has become a staple of the mortgage  industry, as residential and commercial investors seek new ways to access liquid capital when an opportunity arises. With interest-rate increase...
By Yanni Raz, CEO, HML Investments

Residential | December 2013 
Stay Ahead of the Higher-Rate Curve
In the past few years, low interest rates have driven a wave of home refinances and created substantial increases in loan volumes. For many mortgage brokers and originators who focused on refinances, ...
By Joe Bauer, vice president, Fidelity Bank


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