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Tony’s Mortgage Minutes November 23rd, 2015

Texas shoppers have another reason to be thankful this Thanksgiving! They will pay slightly less for Thanksgiving dinner than last year, according to the Texas Farm Bureau. The typical dinner will cost $46.48 this year, down 0.66 percent from $46.79 last year. Nearly all Thanksgiving ingredients tracked by the bureau declined in price this year, including stuffing (6% drop), and whole milk (13.3% drop). Even the price of turkey went down in Texas, thanks to lower fuel and grain costs. It makes sense that fuel would help drive costs down as that cost affects all of us-including delivery and commercial truck drivers. As a matter of fact, traders kept oil just above $40 a barrel Friday after an industry report showed yet another drilling slowdown across the U.S.

Mark Dotzour, College Station real estate economist, spoke to a group this past week and said that one sector still has enough gas in the tank to drive economic growth and that is housing construction. Even though Texas’ oil and gas industry is waning, he stated that the length of economic recovery depends on whether “we are building more housing this year, the year after that, and the year after that.” He continued that, “ housing construction is rested, so there are several years of economic growth left.” San Antonio and the rest of Texas is behind demand for housing he added. “We have a huge housing shortage,” citing 8 to 12 percent annual price jumps in houses.

For home buyers seeking a mortgage, the average long term mortgage rates edged slightly lower this past week after two straight weeks of sharp increases. Freddie Mac said the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 3.97 percent from 3.98 percent the week before. Lower mortgage rate is something we all can add to our “things to be thankful for” this week!

Note: I would like to wish my Wife, Gayla Stevenson, a happy birthday today. What is she doing on her birthday? She is taking me to the doctor. Now how special is that? She is what I am thankful for!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Please remember me to anyone you know that may need a mortgage!

Tony Stevenson
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