Real estate rates slide on shaky job gains

Fed contemplates monetary tightening

Big plans for business in 2018?
Give yourself the tools to own the new year at Connect SF, July 17-20, 2018

A week of frights ended with mortgages improved Friday, slightly under 5.75 percent for the lowest-fee packages.

The worst scare each month is the wait for the first-Friday-of-the-month payroll data. This month we need not have bothered: December payrolls gained only 157,000 jobs, plus a 25,000-job upward revision for November, still far short of the sustained 250,000-300,000 necessary to work down the unemployment rate and provide opportunity for the under-employed.