U.S. employers expanded their payrolls at a robust pace in November, the government reported on Friday, all but guaranteeing policymakers at the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade when they meet later this month. However, more people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but the levels remain near historic lows that point toward a healthy job market.
OPEC will keep pumping about 31.5 million barrels of oil a day, the group’s president said. West Texas Intermediate ended the week at $39.97 a barrel. This being said, I expect gasoline prices to get even lower during the Holiday season.
Average long-term mortgage rates edged lower for a third straight week. Freddie Mac said
the average on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage slipped to 3.93 percent from 3.95 percent the week before. The average rate on the 15-year fixed-rate mortgage eased to 3.16 percent from 3.18 percent.
“Tis the season to give!” Mark Zuckerberg and his wife pledged to give away virtually all of their $45 billion in Facebook Inc. shares, setting a new philanthropic benchmark by committing their massive fortune to charitable causes while still in their early 30s. What a gift!
At last week’s Kerrville Board of Realtors end-of-year Christmas luncheon, I was voted as their “Affiliate of the Year.” I was totally surprised and honored. Somehow, they let my wife know in advance so she could attend (without me even noticing she was there) and she even brought my Mother along as well. How those two were able to keep a secret that long-without me knowing-is beyond me. I felt really honored and blessed to have received this affiliate award. We are ALL in this real estate/mortgage world together and it takes a team of folks working together to help other folks achieve the American dream of homeownership. I really do appreciate all of their friendships and support. My team at SWBC Mortgage makes me look good through all of their hard work as well. I am looking forward to an even better 2016.
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