Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Bernanke's ARM Explodes, Refinances into Fixed Rate Mortgage

by Bill McBride on 12/16/2009 05:29:00 PM

From TIME Magazine: Person of the Year 2009 Extended Interview

TIME: Do you have a mortgage?

Bernanke: Oh, yes, we refinanced.

TIME: Oh, perfect. When?

Bernanke: About 5%. A couple of months ago.

TIME: Good time.

Bernanke: Yes. We had to do it because we had an adjustable rate mortgage and it exploded, so we had to.

TIME: So, did you get a fixed rate at 5%? I think this might be the most valuable piece of information. (Laughter.)

Bernanke: Thirty years fixed rate at a little over 5%.

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