INTEREST RATES STABLE LAST WEEK / UNCERTAINTY LOOMS
February 18th, 2013
I hope everyone had a great President’s day and hopefully got the day off of work.
The MBS market closed down (-48 bps) on the week. Most of the movement was due to a monthly rollover. Even though the MBS market was down, interest rates stayed almost identical to the week before.
The markets are in a bit of a holding pattern on what will happen next. The big events this week will be:
-The release of the FED minutes from January on Wednesday. This is one of the events last month that led to rates rising. If the FED conversations lead investors to believe that the FED plans to move away from QE or purchasing bonds and mortgage securities – rates will likely rise.
-The release of various housing data that should give more indication on the direction of the economy.
We have a bullish stock market and rising confidence in the economy – not good signs for interest rates.
I still think we are in a market where interest rates are more likely to rise than fall. The one ace in the hole for interest rates is the debt ceiling debate. If the sequester happens and large mandatory spending cuts take place, I think we will see stock markets drop some, and interest rates drop some. However, I think that is unlikely to happen.
My recommendation is still to lock on any improvements. If you can refinance and lower your rate with $0 costs – that is never a bad thing. If rates drop again, you can always refinance again as very few loans hold prepayment penalties any longer.
Have a great week!!
BEST VALUE OF THE WEEK:
15 Year Fixed at 2.99% paying 0 points
30 year fixed: 3.625% paying .43 points, 3.75% paying 0 points, 3.99% – $0 costs
20 year fixed: 3.375% paying .99 points, 3.625% paying 0 points, 3.75% – $0 costs
15 year fixed: 2.75% paying .99 points, 2.99% paying 0 points, 3.25% – $0 costs
5/1 ARM: 2.375% paying .53 points, 2.5% paying 0 points, 2.875% – $0 costs
7/1 ARM: 2.5% paying .99 points, 2.75% paying 0 points, 3.125%- $0 costs
30 year fixed High Balance Loan: 3.75% paying .76 points; 4.125% paying 0 points; 4.25% – $0 costs
30 year fixed FHA: 3.25% paying 0 points, 3.375% paying $0 costs
15 year fixed FHA: 2.75% – 0 points, 3% – $0 costs
30 year fixed VA: 3.25% – $0 costs
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INTEREST RATES STABLE LAST WEEK – UNCERTAINTY LOOMS