FED TAPERS – RATES WILL GO UP IN 2014 WITH GSE FEE INCREASE

FED TAPERS – RATES WILL GO UP IN 2014 WITH GSE FEE INCREASE

December 26th, 2013

I hope everyone had a Happy and Safe Holiday!!

As many have heard by now – The FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD finally decided to taper their bond purchasing program – capping months of speculation on when the move would take place.   The FED will reduce it’s bond purchasing by 10 million per month. This relatively small taper as well as the market already taking into account that a taper would happen helped rates not go through the roof. Still mortgage interest rates are much higher than most have become accustomed to and will head higher in 2014.

GSE FEE INCREASE IN 2014:

Along with more tapering likely coming from the FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD in 2014, the GSEs FANNIE MAE and FREDDIE MAC announced fee changes to lenders last week.

These fee changes will raise the rate for most borrowers .125% – .375% once they hit lender rate sheets. After announcing the Fee change, FHFA director Mel Watt pulled back the implementation, announcing a delay in the fee change until he is able to further determine if this plan of action is the best way to move forward.

So at this point, the fee changes which raises the fees FANNIE MAE and FREDDIE MAC charge lenders to buy their loans is delayed after most expected these changes to hit lender rate sheets in January 2014.

If/when these changes going into effect – they will dramatically raise rate/borrower costs for most borrowers. Loan level pricing adjustments are certain characteristics of a customer’s loan that cause the loan to be more expensive. Some of the changes announced:

– Highest qualifying credit score will now be 800, currently any borrower with a 740+ credit score will get best mortgage pricing
– Cash out loans will increase in rate/costs
– Lower credit score borrowers will increase in rate/costs
– Investment property loans will increase in rate/costs

Below is a chart of the proposed loan level pricing adjustment for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2014.  Below is also a great article explaining the Fee changes:

http://www.mortgagenewsdaily.com/12172013_mortgage_rates_to_take_big_hit_from_fee_hikes.asp 

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So at this point these changes are delayed, but I guarantee fee increases are coming – but maybe not as drastic as the ones announced.

All signs point to higher rates in 2014.

It has been a great few years with record low mortgage interest rates. If you haven’t taken advantage, I would recommend locking in before rates continue to move higher.

Have a great week!!

BEST VALUE OF THE WEEK:

10 Year Fixed at 3.5% with 0 points

5/1 ARM at 3.25% with 0 points

TODAY’S RATES:

30 year fixed:     4.625% – .30 points,      4.75% – 0 points,      4.875% – $0 costs

20 year fixed:      4.25% – 1 point,       4.5% – 0 points,       4.625% – $0 costs

15 year fixed:      3.625% – .49 points,      3.75% – 0 points,       4% – $0 costs

10 year fixed:      3.25% – .99 point,      3.5% – 0 points,       3.75% – $0 costs

5/1 ARM:       3% – .81 points,       3.25% – 0 points,        3.625% – $0 costs

7/1 ARM:       3.375% – 1 point,        3.75% – 0 points,        4% – $0 costs

30 year fixed FHA:      4.125% – .37 points,       4.25% – $0 costs

15 year fixed FHA:      3.375% – .95 points,      3.625% – 0 points,       3.75% – $0 costs

30 year fixed VA:       4.125% – .83 points,       4.25% – 0 points,       4.375% – $0 costs

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FED TAPERS    –     RATES WILL GO UP IN 2014 WITH GSE FEE INCREASE

ALL EYES ON FED STATEMENT WEDNESDAY – 50/50 CHANCE FOR TAPERING

ALL EYES ON FED STATEMENT WEDNESDAY  –   50/50  CHANCE FOR TAPERING

December 16th, 2013

All eyes are on the FED and The FOMC meeting this week.  The FOMC starts their meeting on Tuesday and will release their statement at 2 pm Eastern on Wednesday.

There is more and more speculation that the FED could taper at this meeting – many experts now calling it a 50/50 proposition.  Some prognosticators are actually predicting the FED to taper like the opinion below:

“We now look for the Fed to do something meaningful at the December 18 meeting,” wrote Michael Moran at Daiwa Capital Markets America in a note. “We view the announcement of a reduction in asset purchases as the most likely outcome; absent this, we expect some type guidance on the FOMC’s plans for the effort.”

If the FED tapers, the markets will also be looking at how much they will pull back on their bond purchasing budget.  Any sort of taper will likely mean a large rise in rates.

Federal Reserve Board's Federal Open Market Committee members pose during two-day meeting in Washington.

With interest rates at around 4 month highs – I am still suggesting locking before the meeting.  If rates drop significantly after the announcement (unlikely) – rate float downs are available when rates drop .25% with the same costs.

Have a great week!!

BEST VALUE OF THE WEEK:

20 Year Fixed at 4.375% with 0 points

10 Year Fixed at 3.375% with 0 points

TODAY’S RATES:

30 year fixed:     4.5% – .58 points,     4.625% – 0 points,     4.75% – $0 costs

20 year fixed:   4.125% – .99 points,     4.375% – 0 points,     4.5%  – $0 costs

15 year fixed:   3.5% – .63 points,     3.625% – 0 points,     3.875% – $0 costs

10 year fixed:   3.125% – .63 point,     3.375% – 0 points,     3.625% – $0 costs

5/1 ARM:   2.75% – .99 points,     3.125% – 0 points,     3.375% – $0 costs

7/1 ARM:    3.25% – .83 points,     3.5% – 0 points,     3.75% – $0 costs

30 year fixed FHA:     4% – .56 points,     4.125% – 0 points,     4.25% – $0 costs

15 year fixed FHA:    3.25% – .81 points,     3.5% – $0 costs,     3.75% – $0 costs

30 year fixed VA:     4% – 1 point,    4.25% – $0 costs

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ALL EYES ON FED STATEMENT WEDNESDAY   –   50/50 CHANCE FOR TAPERING

RATES CONTINUE MOVING HIGHER / FED MEETING NEXT WEEK

RATES CONTINUE MOVING HIGHER     /      FED MEETING NEXT WEEK

December 9th, 2013

The interest rate market had quite the week last week. Rates rose everyday from Monday through Thursday before the important November employment report. Then something weird happened.

Job creation beat their forecasts, The unemployment rate dropped .2% – this would usually cause rates to rise fast, but it didn’t. Rates actually improved a little bit on Friday and also on Monday. Still, the Mortgage Backed Security Market closed the week trading down – 69 bps, pushing rates to their highest levels in months.Now Hiring

With the majority of economic reports showing positive gains – more and more experts think the FED could taper their stimulus package in their meeting next week. I don’t expect rates to change much until then.

Rates are still taking on the outlook I have talked about for months – rates really have no where to go but higher. Any improvement we see is not substantial because the FED taper is looming.

Those still waiting for rates to dramatically drop will likely be waiting forever. I recommend locking on a refinance if it’s beneficial as even these higher rates likely won’t be around much longer.

BEST VALUE OF THE WEEK:

15 Year Fixed at 3.5% with 0 points
10 Year Fixed at 3.25% with 0 points

TODAY’S RATES:

30 year fixed:      4.375% – .78 points,      4.5% – 0 points,      4.625% – $0 costs

20 year fixed:     4.125% – .812 points,      4.25% – 0 points,       4.5% – $0 costs

15 year fixed:      3.375% – .8 points,      3.5% – 0 points,      3.75% – $0 costs

10 year fixed:      3% – .69 point,      3.25% – 0 points,      3.5% – $0 costs

5/1 ARM:      2.75% – .94 points,      3.125% – 0 points,      3.375% – $0 costs

7/1 ARM:      3.25% – .69 points,       3.5% – 0 points,       3.75% – $0 costs

30 year fixed FHA:       3.75% – .94 points,       4.125% – 0 points,      4.25% – $0 costs

15 year fixed FHA:      3.25% – 0 points,      3.5% – $0 costs

30 year fixed VA:      4% – .85 points,      4.25% – $0 costs

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RATES CONTINUE MOVING HIGHER / FED MEETING NEXT WEEK

INTEREST RATES TRENDING UP / MONDAY IS LAST DAY FOR HOLIDAY RATE SPECIAL

INTEREST RATES TRENDING UP  /  MONDAY IS LAST DAY FOR HOLIDAY RATE SPECIAL

December 2nd, 2013

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!!  Interest rates rose for the second straight week with the Mortgage Backed Security market closing down – 39 bps.

The MBS market is currently down almost -70 bps over the past 2 weeks and interest rates are around 2 month highs.  Still they are fluctuating in the same range they have for most of the past 5 months with 30 year fixed rates in the 4.125% – 4.375% range.

Over the long term, rates have been very stable and they will likely stay in a tight range unless something happens with the FED and their bond purchasing stimulus.

The FED meets again this month, but most don’t expect the FED to taper their stimulus until 2014.

HOLIDAY INTEREST RATE SPECIAL

My Holiday interest rate special ends at 4 pm Pacific on Monday.  In order to get the discount, I must approve loan and order appraisal by that time. 

The discount is:

.5 points off all CONFORMING, FHA, and VA loans.

.25 points of all HIGH BALANCE CONFORMING LOANS

The pricing below includes the discount, but all pricing will move up after Monday.  Please contact me on Monday if you would like to lock in before this special ends.

Last Day of SaleBEST VALUE OF THE WEEK:

20 Year Fixed at 4.125% with 0 points

7/1 ARM at 3.25% with 0 points

TODAY’S RATES:

30 year fixed:     4.25% – .69 points,     4.5% – 0 points,     4.625% – $0 costs

20 year fixed:   4% – .812 points,     4.125% – 0 points,     4.375%  – $0 costs

15 year fixed:   3.375% – .34 points,     3.5% – 0 points,     3.625% – $0 costs

10 year fixed:   3% – .684 point,     3.25% – 0 points,     3.5% – $0 costs

5/1 ARM:   2.5% – .98 points,     2.875% – 0 points,     3.125% – $0 costs

7/1 ARM:    3% – .75 points,     3.25% – 0 points,     3.5% – $0 costs

30 year fixed FHA:     3.75% – .25 points,     3.875% – 0 points,     4.125% – $0 costs

15 year fixed FHA:    3.25% – 0 points,     3.5% – $0 costs

30 year fixed VA:     3.75% – .83 points,    4% – 0 points,    4.25% – $0 costs

 

Today's Interest Rates - December 2nd, 2013

Today’s Mortgage Interest Rates.  Current Mortgage Interest Rates and APRs for refinancing and purchasing in Arizona, California, and Colorado.  Arizona Home Loans, California Home Loans, Colorado Home Loans.  Arizona refinance, California refinance, Colorado refinance.  Scottsdale, Arizona Mortgage Banker in McCormick Ranch.  McCormick Ranch Loan Officer.  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 refinance mortgages, Conforming mortgages, Conventional Mortgages, 100%  Financing Mortgage, High Balance Mortgages, Fannie Mae mortgages, Freddie Mac Mortgages, No appraisal refinance, 0 point mortgages, 0 closing cost mortgages, paying a point mortgages, Refinance mortgages, purchase mortgages, and Jumbo Mortgages.

INTEREST RATES TRENDING UP  /  MONDAY IS LAST DAY FOR HOLIDAY RATE SPECIAL

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