From Staff Reports

With lumber tariffs already adding more than $6,000 to the price of every new home in Dallas, President Trump’s decision this month to escalate the trade conflict with China has builders bracing for more challenges to housing affordability. This decision could wind up imposing a $2.5 billion tax increase on residential construction, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

Trump announced he is moving immediately to impose 10 percent tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, including $10 billion of goods used by the home building industry. This 10 percent levy represents a $1 billion tax increase on residential construction. Making matters even worse, the tax hike will rise to $2.5 billion on Jan. 1 when the president said the tariff rate will jump to 25 percent if the two nations have not resolved their differences by year end. If China retaliates, Trump has vowed to place tariffs on an additional $267 billion worth of imports. The NAHB has strongly opposed this move.

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There’s a lot of news for the market to digest, says our most-trusted mortgage expert, Bob Johnson (AKA BobMortgage), senior mortgage adviser at the nation’s oldest private lender, Wallick & Volk. Bonds fell through a key support level, and with news of President Trump’s decision to bomb Syria and the Fed’s watchdog-like concern regarding inflation, the market has been vexingly mixed. Though BobMortgage recommended to carefully float last week, all of these variables could influence your financial health even more.

Should you lock or float? Trust BobMortgage to give you the answers in this week’s Mortgage Report. Jump to find out more: 

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The Dow was down last week after news broke regarding President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs totaling billions in the simmering trade war with China. Meanwhile, bonds rallied — at the expense of the stock market. Our most-trusted mortgage expert, Bob Johnson (AKA BobMortgage), the senior mortgage adviser at the nation’s oldest private lender — Wallick & Volk — shares his outlook on the market. 

With more than 20 years of experience helping buyers find the right loan solutions for their home, BobMortgage can help you make sense of the complicated mortgage market. Should you lock or float? Find out in this week’s Mortgage Report presented by Wallick & Volk. (more…)

The Trump administration announced a proposal for tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, sending shockwaves through the housing market. With tariffs on Canadian lumber already driving up the cost of some types of housing, new tariffs on aluminum and steel could increase the overall cost for a new home even more. How will that affect homebuyers? Find out right now with the Mortgage Report by our most-trusted home loan expert, Bob Johnson (AKA BobMortgage), the senior mortgage adviser with the nation’s oldest private lender Wallick & Volk.

With more than 20 years of experience helping buyers find the right loan solutions for their home, BobMortgage can help you make sense of the complicated mortgage market. Should you lock or float? Find out in this week’s Mortgage Report presented by Wallick & Volk.

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