How does Bob Johnson (AKA BobMortgage) decide whether it’s time to carefully float or lock in interest rates for his clients? This past week’s stock market slide and brief rally provide an excellent example. The stock market, heavily influenced by the affects of President Donald Trump’s tariffs and the recent increase in interest rates by the Federal Reserve, took a nosedive last week. The brief reprieve on Friday, though, and how it plays into the bond market, added another variable.

So, should you lock or float? As the senior mortgage adviser at the nation’s oldest private lender, Wallick & Volk, Bob Johnson can easily explain how he arrives at his lock or float position, as well as why his clients choose Wallick & Volk to get them funded with tight turn-around times. Find out more in this week’s Mortgage Report:

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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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Bonds made positive moves last week on Friday, which is typically a positive indicator for mortgage rates. However, the Federal Reserve increased rates last week, too, though the comments were a mixed bag. All of this on top of what appears to be a budding trade war with China. 

Looking for clarity in a turbulent market? Look no further than this week’s Mortgage Report from the most-trusted expert in North Texas — Bob Johnson (AKA BobMortgage), senior mortgage adviser at the nation’s oldest private lender, Wallick & Volk

Should you lock or float? What’s Bob’s outlook on the economy? Find out after the jump!

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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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By Phil Crone
Executive Officer, Dallas Builders Association

In the midst of a labor shortage of nearly 20,000 construction workers in our area, the Dallas Builders Association is looking for young people to enter into an industry that desperately needs them. Much of our outreach has centered on our area’s vocational trade school programs. These are the same programs President Trump called to expand during last month’s State of the Union Address. They are also where about three in every four students are “Dreamers,” otherwise known as eligible recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), whose status is very much in limbo ahead of President Trump’s March 5 deadline to end the program in the absence of Congressional action.

Their future and the future of the housing industry are inextricably linked.

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The Dow plummeted 666 points, the largest dive in the past two years. Though a weak stock market usually means a boost in bonds and therefore lower interest rates, there’s another point of influence that is keeping rates up: inflation.

If it sounds like it’s time to panic about locking or floating, just listen to our most trusted mortgage expert, Bob Johnson (AKA BobMortgage), as he walks us through this week’s Mortgage Report. Are you shopping for a home? No matter what price range you’re buying in, BobMortgage, the senior mortgage adviser at the nation’s oldest private lender — Wallick & Volk — has the market knowledge to help you make the right decision. 

Don’t panic! Watch this week’s Mortgage Report instead!

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