The bond market closed last week up +72 basis points, fueled mainly by a strong surge on Friday of +47 basis points. Friday the monthly job reports came out and the news wasn’t good. August had no new job creation. There are a reported 58,000 less jobs in August than there were in June and July. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.1%.

Until the housing foreclosure and short sale problem starts shoring up, the economy will continue to struggle. Expect another eventful week coming up after Labor Day culminating in a “major address” by President Obama on Thursday. The President is supposed to outline new initiatives to get the economy back on track. The market will likely over react to the speech, pushing rates one way or the other.

I still hold that rates will not go lower than they were about 2-3 weeks ago. Below are current rates available paying a point or less.

30 year fixed: 4% paying .9 points, 4.25% paying 0 points

20 year fixed: 3.75% paying .45 points , 3.875% paying 0 points

15 year fixed: 3.25% paying .6 points, 3.375% paying 0 points

5/1 ARM: 2.75% paying .4 points, 2.875% paying 0 points

7/1 ARM: 2.875% paying .8 points, 3.125% paying 0 points

30 year fixed FHA: 3.75% paying .175 points, 3.875% paying 0 points

15 year fixed FHA: 3.25% paying 0 points

30 year fixed VA: 3.75% paying .1 points, 3.875% paying 0 points

30 year fixed High Balance Loan: 4.375% paying .2 points, 4.5% paying 0 points

Mortgages for refinances and purchases in Arizona, California and Colorado.  Current interest rates for fixed loans, ARM loans, conforming loans, conventional loans, VA loans, FHA loans, HARP loans,  interest only loans, high balance conforming loans and jumbo loans.

Mortgage Rates Lower – Poor Job Reports.