MORTGAGE RATES LOWER SLIGHTLY , 30 YEAR FIXED AT 3.875%

MORTGAGE RATES LOWER SLIGHTLY  /  30 YEAR FIXED AT 3.875%

February 27th, 2012

The MBS Market closed last week trading up (+12 bps).   Rates pulled down slightly after moving up the past couple weeks.

The DOW Jones moved over 13,000 and the stock market has sustained a rally that has the stock market at their highest levels since 2008. 

There is thought that the stock market could be overbought, but with the public’s outlook towards the economy improving, the bullish market could continue with new investors trying to get in on the gains.   Here is a good article explaining the current state of the stock market:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46519385/ns/business-stocks_and_economy/#.T0sF6_WNOuI

As always, the mortgage rate market is closely tied to the stock market and if the market keeps improving, interest rates will likely rise. 

There a number of key economic releases this week along with a speaking engagement for Ben Bernanke.  This should be an interesting week with clues as to where we are heading. 

Below are rates available today paying a point or less:

30 year fixed: 3.875% paying .77 points, 4% paying 0 points

20 year fixed: 3.625% paying .78 points, 3.875% paying 0 points

15 year fixed: 3% paying .81 points, 3.375% paying 0 points

5/1 ARM: 2.625% paying .85 points, 3% paying 0 points

7/1 ARM: 2.875% paying .71 points, 3.125% paying 0 points

30 year fixed High Balance Loan: 4% paying .95 points, 4.25% paying 0 points

30 year fixed FHA: 3.75% paying 0 points

15 year fixed FHA: 2.875% paying .67 points, 3.25% paying 0 points

30 year fixed VA: 3.75% paying 0 points

 

Today’s Mortgage Interest Rates.  Current Mortgage Interest Rates and APRs for refinancing and purchasing in Arizona, California, and Colorado.  Mortgage Rate Sheets for fixed mortgages, ARM mortgages, Variable Mortgages, Interest Only Mortgages, HARP mortgages, HARP 2.0 mortgages, DU Refi Plus Mortgages, Freddie Mac Open Access Mortgages, Fannie Mae Home Path Mortgage, Freddie Mac Foreclosure Relief Mortgage, VA mortgages, VA Interest Rate Reduction Loans, FHA mortgages, FHA streamline mortgages, Conforming mortgages, Conventional Mortgages, 100% Financing Mortgage, High Balance Mortgages, Fannie Mae mortgages, Freddie Mac Mortgages, No appraisal refinances, 0 point mortgages, 0 closing cost mortgages, paying a point mortgages, and Jumbo Mortgages.

Mortgage Rates Lower Slightly , 30 year fixed at 3.875%

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MORTGAGE RATES SLOWLY RISING FROM RECORD LOWS / COULD PUSH LOWER THIS WEEK.

MORTGAGE RATES SLOWLY RISING FROM RECORD LOWS  /  COULD PUSH LOWER THIS WEEK.

February 20th, 2012

The MBS Market closed last week trading down (- 13 bps).   Rates continue to slowly inch higher with increased optimism towards the economy and the recent rally in the stock markets.

The stock market is at a 9 month high but concerns still remain that the market is higher than it should be.  Over 85% of stocks in the New York Stock Exchange are trading above their 50 day moving averages, even though profit reports have been less than stellar.  In Europe news, a meeting on Monday to try and finally resolve the Greek debt issue was not successful.  (2/21/12 UPDATE – they have now negotiated a deal)

I’m thinking we may see the stock market push down this week, which could push mortgage rates lower from their recent move up.  

I recommend customers serious about getting a mortgage being ready to lock on short notice this week.   

Below are rates available today paying a point or less:

30 year fixed: 3.875% paying .99 points, 4.125% paying 0 points

20 year fixed: 3.625% paying .95 points, 4% paying 0 points

15 year fixed: 3.125% paying .94 points, 3.375% paying 0 points

5/1 ARM: 2.75% paying .85 points, 3.125% paying 0 points

7/1 ARM: 3% paying .71 points, 3.25% paying 0 points

30 year fixed High Balance Loan: 4% paying 1 point, 4.375% paying 0 points

30 year fixed FHA: 3.75% paying 0 points

15 year fixed FHA: 3% paying .82 points, 3.25% paying 0 points

30 year fixed VA: 3.75% paying 0 points

 

Today’s Mortgage Interest Rates.  Current Mortgage Interest Rates and APRs for refinancing and purchasing in Arizona, California, and Colorado.  Mortgage Rate Sheets for fixed mortgages, ARM mortgages, Variable Mortgages, Interest Only Mortgages, HARP mortgages, HARP 2.0 mortgages, DU Refi Plus Mortgages, Freddie Mac Open Access Mortgages, Freddie Mac Foreclosure Relief Mortgage, VA mortgages, VA Interest Rate Reduction Loans, FHA mortgages, FHA streamline mortgages, Conforming mortgages, Conventional Mortgages, High Balance Mortgages, Fannie Mae mortgages, Freddie Mac Mortgages,  No appraisal refinances, and Jumbo Mortgages.

MORTGAGE RATES SLOWLY RISING FROM RECORD LOWS  /  COULD PUSH LOWER THIS WEEK.

30 YEAR FIXED AT 3.75% / WHAT DOES THE U.S. 25 BILLION BANK SETTLEMENT MEAN TO ME?

TODAY’S MORTGAGE RATES: 

February 13th, 2012

The MBS Market closed last week trading down (- 31 bps).   Mortgage rates haven’t seen much positive momentum since they hit their all time lows 2 weeks ago.  Pricing has slowly risen since then, as is typical when a very low rate/pricing is reached. The lowest rate pricing usually only lasts for a couple of days.  Rate shoppers and borrowers not ready to lock quickly will usually miss locking in at the best pricing. 

This is another week that should be relatively calm.

Below are rates available today paying a point or less:

30 year fixed: 3.75% paying .95 points, 4% paying 0 points

20 year fixed: 3.5% paying 1 point, 3.875% paying 0 points

15 year fixed: 3% paying .89 points, 3.375% paying 0 points

5/1 ARM: 2.625% paying 1 point, 3.125% paying 0 points

7/1 ARM: 3% paying .71 points, 3.25% paying 0 points

30 year fixed High Balance Loan: 4% paying .78 points, 4.25% paying 0 points

30 year fixed FHA: 3.75% paying 0 points

15 year fixed FHA: 2.875% paying .61 points, 3.125% paying 0 points

30 year fixed VA: 3.75% paying 0 points


THE U.S. 25 BILLION BANK SETTLEMENT – WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR ME?

Last week, The US and 5 major US banks reached a 25 billion settlement meant to help homeowners who are delinquent or pose a threat to go delinquent.  The deal is the result of the major banks settling to help make right some illegal/unethical processes that took place in many loans written during the boom. 

So who will this settlement help?

The reality is that the 25 billion dollar settlement will help very few homeowners.  There are an estimated 11 million homeowners in the country that are upside down on their mortgage and another 6 million currently behind on their payment or facing foreclosure.  The Obama administration estimates this could help 1 million homeowners.  I remain skeptical, especially with the multitude of other failed bills meant to help the housing market.

Here is how it works – the Major Banks:

  • BANK OF AMERICA
  • WELLS FARGO
  • CITI GROUP
  • CHASE
  • ALLY FINANCIAL (FORMERLY GMAC)

Will put money aside to help delinquent or risk to go delinquent borrowers lower their payments, possibly reduce their principal, and get into payment plans to help customers become current on their delinquent mortgage.

The only borrowers eligible will be serviced by the above 5 banks.  If you are not, you are not eligible.  You are also not eligible if you are currently in a FANNIE MAE or FREDDIE MAC backed mortgage – the government agencies that back the majority of the mortgage in the country.

In all likelihood, the plan will not actually start for another 10-12 months. Eligible homeowners will be contacted by their servicer. 

So in conclusion – you will most likely not be eligible unless:

1.)     You are substantially upside down.  I talk to homeowners all the time that want to take advantage of government programs but have equity in their home and also have good credit and income.  If you could qualify for a refinance, you are not likely to ever qualify for these programs.

2.)    You are currently late or in danger of going late – typically homeowners that are upside down.

3.)    You current loan is with Bank of America, Wells Fargo, GMAC (Ally), Citigroup, or Chase.

4.)    Your loan is NOT backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.

5.)     This settlement will likely only apply to 1st Mortgages – not to 1st and 2nd’s if you have 2 mortgages. 

A small portion of American homeowners will benefit from this settlement, but the vast majority will have to go by existing refinance guidelines to change their current loan.

 

Today’s Mortgage Interest Rates.  Current Mortgage Interest Rates and APRs for refinancing and purchasing in Arizona, California, and Colorado.  Mortgage Rate Sheets for fixed mortgages, ARM mortgages, Variable Mortgages, Interest Only Mortgages, HARP mortgages, HARP 2.0 mortgages, DU Refi Plus Mortgages, Freddie Mac Open Access Mortgages, Freddie Mac Foreclosure Relief Mortgage, VA mortgages, VA Interest Rate Reduction Loans, FHA mortgages, FHA streamline mortgages, Conforming mortgages, Conventional Mortgages, High Balance Mortgages, Fannie Mae mortgages, Freddie Mac Mortgages,  and Jumbo Mortgages.

30 Year Fixed at 3.75% / What does the U.S. 25 billion bank settlement mean to me?

MORTGAGE RATES REMAIN STABLE – 30 YEAR FIXED AT 3.75%

MORTGAGE RATES REMAIN STABLE – 30 YEAR FIXED AT 3.75%

February 6th, 2012

The MBS Market closed last week trading up (+ 3 bps).   Rates were better for the majority of the week, but a large stock rally and MBS market downward trend caused rates to pull back on Friday. 

Overall, mortgage rates are a little higher than the previous week even though the MBS markets ended the week trading up. 

This week is a relatively calm week in regards to market news.  Interest rate movement will likely be determined by the demand for Treasury bonds from Tuesday through Thursday, when the treasury is set to auction off 72 billion in bonds.

Today is still a great time to lock with mortgage rates a little higher than their lowest levels ever. 

Below are rates available today paying a point or less:

30 year fixed: 3.75% paying .79 points, 4% paying 0 points

20 year fixed: 3.5% paying .95 points, 3.875% paying 0 points

15 year fixed: 3% paying .69 points, 3.375% paying 0 points

5/1 ARM: 2.375% paying .97 points, 2.75% paying 0 points

7/1 ARM: 2.75% paying .92 points, 3.125% paying 0 points

30 year fixed High Balance Loan: 4% paying ,49 points, 4.25% paying 0 points

30 year fixed FHA: 3.75% paying 0 points

15 year fixed FHA: 2.75% paying .892 points, 3.125% paying 0 points

30 year fixed VA: 3.75% paying 0 points

Today’s Mortgage Interest Rates.  Current Mortgage Interest Rates and APRs for refinancing and purchasing in Arizona, California, and Colorado.  Mortgage Rate Sheets for fixed mortgages, ARM mortgages, Variable Mortgages, Interest Only Mortgages, HARP mortgages, HARP 2.0 mortgages, DU Refi Plus Mortgages, Freddie Mac Open Access Mortgages, Freddie Mac Foreclosure Relief Mortgage, VA mortgages, VA Interest Rate Reduction Loans, FHA mortgages, FHA streamline mortgages, Conforming mortgages, Conventional Mortgages, High Balance Mortgages, Fannie Mae mortgages, Freddie Mac Mortgages,  and Jumbo Mortgages.

MORTGAGE RATES REMAIN STABLE – 30 YEAR FIXED AT 3.75%

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