INTEREST RATES CONTINUE UPWARD CLIMB / ARMS STILL IN THE 2%’s

INTEREST RATES CONTINUE UPWARD CLIMB   /    ARMS STILL IN THE 2%’s

June 3rd, 2013

Last week was yet another tough week for interest rates as they continue their climb to their highest levels in over a year. The MBS market closed last week trading down – 103 bps.

Each time you see a small rally in the bond market, investors unload and the market continues it’s downward spiral. It’s not uncommon to see the bond market higher in the morning and drop over 50 bps in an hour or two. There is simply not an appetite for mortgage backed securities right now.

The trend of interest rates rising will likely continue unless some economic event worries investors enough to seek safety in mortgage backed securities and US treasuries. Expect heavy volatility to remain the norm.

On Friday, the May unemployment report will be released. Remember that April’s unemployment report and revision to March’s numbers started rates moving higher after hitting very low levels at the beginning of May.

ARM loans continue to be very attractive options as rates on ARM loans don’t move as much with the market as fixed loans do. The most popular ARM loans are fixed for 5,7, or 10 years before they adjust and the adjustments are capped. They are a good option to consider if you missed the boat on refinancing to a low fixed rate.

Make it a great week!!

BEST VALUE OF THE WEEK:

7/1 ARM at 2.75% paying 0 points

TODAY’S RATES:

30 year fixed:    4% paying .66 points,     4.125% paying 0 points,      4.25% – $0 costs

20 year fixed:     3.625% paying .77 points,      3.75% paying 0 points,      4.125% – $0 costs

15 year fixed:     3.125% paying .66 points,      3.375% paying 0 points,      3.5% – $0 costs

5/1 ARM:      2.375% paying .99 points,      2.75% paying 0 points,      3.25% – $0 costs

7/1 ARM:     2.625% paying .91 points,      2.875% paying 0 points,      3.25%- $0 costs

30 year fixed High Balance Loan:     4.125% paying .86 points,      4.375% paying 0 points,      4.5% – $0 costs

30 year fixed FHA:      3.375% paying .66 points,      3.5% paying 0 points,      3.75% – $0 costs

15 year fixed FHA:     2.875% paying .99 points,      3.25% – $0 costs

30 year fixed VA:     3.375% paying .99 points,      3.75%- $0 costs

Today's Interest Rates - June 4th, 2013

 

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INTEREST RATES CONTINUE UPWARD CLIMB   /    ARMS STILL IN THE 2%’s

OCTOBER 2012 – RATES RISE SLIGHTLY, STILL NEAR RECORD LOWS

OCTOBER 2012 – RATES RISE SLIGHTLY, STILL NEAR RECORD LOWS

October 1st, 2012            

Happy October!!

The MBS market closed last week trading up (+ 37 bps), and is currently trading (+ 25 bps) on Monday morning.

While mortgage rates should have improved last week- they actually increased slightly.  This is a result of most lenders enacting the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac guaranteed fee increase for loans delivered to Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac December 1st, 2012 and later.

This week will likely be volatile in the rate markets with Europe still working on plans to save the Euro.  On Friday, the unemployment report comes out.  This will usually push rates one way or the other.  The expectation is that jobs will increase but the unemployment report will stay the same due to potential workers dropping out of the job market.

Now is still a great time to lock in at record low rates.

My best values of the week:

30 Year Fixed at 3.5% paying 0 points

30 Year Fixed High Balance Loan at 3.5% with 0 points

Below are rates available today paying a point or less:

30 year fixed:  3.25% paying .773 point, 3.5% paying 0 points

20 year fixed:  3.25% paying .149 points, 3.375% paying 0 points

15 year fixed:  2.625% paying .74 points, 2.875% paying 0 points

5/1 ARM:  2.125% paying .99 points, 2.5% paying 0 points

7/1 ARM:  2.25% paying .99 points, 2.625% paying 0 points

30 year fixed High Balance Loan:  3.5% paying 0 points

30 year fixed FHA:  3.25% paying 0 points

15 year fixed FHA:  2.75% paying 0 points

30 year fixed VA: 3.25% paying 0 points

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OCTOBER 2012 – RATES RISE SLIGHTLY, STILL NEAR RECORD LOWS

 

30 YEAR FIXED AT 3.5% WITH 0 POINTS / FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIE MAC TO RAISE RATES

30 YEAR FIXED AT 3.5% WITH 0 POINTS – FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIE MAC TO RAISE RATES

September 10th, 2012

The MBS market closed last week trading down (-12 bps).

The market was very volatile last week. On Thursday, mortgage rates spiked up due to the stock market posting great gains and hitting a 4 year high. On Friday, the August unemployment report was released and the amount of jobs created was lower than projected by the experts. The unemployment rate went down from 8.3% to 8.1%, but this was mainly due to people exiting the work force and not continuing to look for a job. This caused mortgage rates to finish the week on a high note, closing + 50 bps.

Expect more volatility this week highlighted in The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) news conference on Thursday. If the FED does not “ease”, I expect rates to go up as the market already built in pricing improvements based on Ben Bernanke’s hint last week that the FED can and will do more.

FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIE MAC RAISING GUARANTEED FEES – MEANING HIGHER RATE PRICING FOR CONSUMERS:

The FHFA announced on Friday that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will increase guaranteed fees by .1 basis points most likely by December 1st, which will equate to an approximate .5 point increase on pricing for all Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac backed loans moving forward.
Almost all of the loans you hear advertised are Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac conforming loans.

EXAMPLE: If you are being offered a 3.5% 30 year fixed at 0 points. That same loan after the pricing change will cost approximately .5 points. This is a huge swing and I think signals the end of the debate on whether rates will drop lower.

Since this starts in December, lenders will likely adopt the new pricing some time in October – giving lenders enough time to close loans originated under old pricing.

If you are considering refinancing, I would recommend locking sometime before October as rates will go up.

Below are rates available today paying a point or less:

30 year fixed: 3.375% paying .77 point, 3.5% paying 0 points
20 year fixed: 3.25% paying .5 points, 3.375% paying 0 points
15 year fixed: 2.75% paying .73 points, 2.875% paying 0 points
5/1 ARM: 2.125% paying .9 points, 2.375% paying 0 points
7/1 ARM: 2.25% paying .762 points, 2.625% paying 0 points
30 year fixed High Balance Loan: 3.5% paying .89 points, 3.75% paying 0 points
30 year fixed FHA: 3.25% paying 0 points
15 year fixed FHA: 2.75% paying 0 points
30 year fixed VA: 3.25% paying 0 points

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30 YEAR FIXED AT 3.5% WITH 0 POINTS  /  FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIE MAC TO RAISE RATES

 

MORTGAGE RATES BREAK YET ANOTHER RECORD!!

MORTGAGE RATES BREAK YET ANOTHER RECORD

July 23rd, 2012

The MBS market closed last week trading up (+ 44 bps) and on Monday morning the mbs market is trading up (+ 19 bps).

Last week the mbs market started off higher, but for most of the week lenders were not pricing better. Monday morning, we are seeing some nice improvement likely due to mortgage backed security market breaking a technical barrier of 1.46%.

Rates have broken yet another record – right now a well qualified buyer can get a 3.375% 30 year fixed for less than .3 pts.

The European debt crisis is again one of the issues that continue to drive investors and mortgage rates. Greece is on the verge of a US 30’s type depression and will likely have to leave the European Union soon. Investors are flocking to safe investments is the Euro is crumbling.

I would recommend locking and taking advantage of these gains if you can.

My best value of the week:

30 Year Fixed at 3.375% paying .298 points
20 Year Fixed at 3.25% paying .11 points

Below are rates available today paying a point or less:

30 year fixed: 3.375% paying .29 points, 3.5% paying 0 points
20 year fixed: 3.25% paying .11 points, 3.375% paying 0 points
15 year fixed: 2.75% paying .59 points, 2.875% paying 0 points
5/1 ARM: 2.25% paying .76 points, 2.5% paying 0 points
7/1 ARM: 2.375% paying .87 points, 2.625% paying 0 points
30 year fixed High Balance Loan: 3.5% paying .49 point, 3.625% paying 0 points
30 year fixed FHA: 3.375% paying .29 points, 3.5% paying 0 points
15 year fixed FHA: 2.75% paying .59 points, 2.875% paying 0 points
30 year fixed VA: 3.25% paying 0 points

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MORTGAGE RATES BREAK YET ANOTHER RECORD!!

MORTGAGE RATES REMAIN STABLE – 30 YEAR FIXED AT 3.75%

MORTGAGE RATES REMAIN STABLE – 30 YEAR FIXED AT 3.75%

July 17th, 2012

The MBS market closed last week trading down (-3 bps). Basically a ho-hum week with not a lot of data or change in rates.

This week FED chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday.  On Tuesday, he said that the FED could still use measures to boost economy if it saw fit. While not saying they would use them, he says they are available if they feel the need.

This economic easing could include another round of buying mortgage backed securities and lowering of the interest rate the FED charges it’s reserve banks. He noted that using these measures is an option,but  there a certain risks and side effects that need to be considered carefully before using them.

The FED is still happy with inflation staying below 2%. It will focus on job growth when deciding if more economic easing is necessary. Job growth has been very slow and below projected numbers the past few months.

All in all, there is not much information that we have not already been given. Mortgage rates are remaining at record low levels and it appears the FED will not push to purchase mortgage backed securities unless it absolutely has too.

I predict for rates to stay stable barring anything unforeseen happening in the market.

My best value of the week:

30 Year Fixed High Balance Loans at 3.75% paying 0 points
5/1 ARM at 2.5% paying .0 points

Below are rates available today paying a point or less:

30 year fixed: 3.375% paying .89 points, 3.5% paying 0 points
20 year fixed: 3.25% paying .78 points, 3.375% paying 0 points
15 year fixed: 2.75% paying .7 points, 2.99% paying 0 points
5/1 ARM: 2.25% paying .8 points, 2.5% paying 0 points
7/1 ARM: 2.375% paying .8 points, 2.625% paying 0 points
30 year fixed High Balance Loan: 3.5% paying .90 point, 3.75% paying 0 points
30 year fixed FHA: 3.25% paying 0 points
15 year fixed FHA: 2.75% paying .19 points, 2.875% paying 0 points
30 year fixed VA: 3.25% paying 0 points

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Mortgage Rates Remain Stable – 30 Year Fixed at 3.75%

TODAY’S MORTGAGE RATES – MAY 29th, 2012

MORTGAGE RATES RISE – BUT COULD DROP LOWER.   

May 29th, 2012

The MBS Market closed last week trading down (-9 bps).  

After hitting all time lows the week before, mortgage rates have pulled up a bit.  This is pretty typical when mortgage pricing hits a low point.  Pricing only stays there for a day or so.  Lenders also don’t bring pricing down as much when the market improves, and lenders bring pricing up quicker when it worsens. 

Even so, mortgage rates are still unbelievably low and I am optimistic they will stay low and may even go a bit lower. 

Europe is still in a huge mess, and until that clears up, investors will continue to seek the sanctity of safe US Treasury bonds.  This helps keeps rates low and could push them lower. 

Below are rates available today paying a point or less:

30 year fixed: 3.625% paying .95 point, 3.875% paying 0 points

20 year fixed: 3.5% paying .61 points, 3.75% paying 0 points

15 year fixed: 2.875% paying .83 points, 3.125% paying 0 points

5/1 ARM: 2.25% paying .99 points, 2.75% paying 0 points

7/1 ARM: 2.5% paying .99 point, 2.875% paying 0 points

30 year fixed High Balance Loan: 3.875% paying .33 points, 4% paying 0 points

30 year fixed FHA: 3.75% paying 0 points

15 year fixed FHA: 2.75% paying .84 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, 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, Refinance mortgages, purchase mortgages, and Jumbo Mortgages.

Today’s Mortgage Rates

HARP 2.0 – IS IT FINALLY HERE?

HARP 2.0 – IS IT FINALLY HERE?

In November 2011, President Obama announced the existence of a HARP 2.0 product that was going to help more and more underwater home owners refinance into a lower interest rate loan. 

The release date was supposed to be in December 2011, but unfortunately no lenders would offer it.  Finally lenders will start offering this product..  I can offer Freddie Mac Harp 2.0 loans on Monday March 12th, and Fannie Mae Harp 2.0 loans on Monday, March 19th.  Here are the main details of HARP 2.0: 

HARP 2.0:

1.)  You must be in a FANNIE MAE or FREDDIE MAC loan taken out before May of 2009.  You can check if you are here:

FANNIE MAE: http://www.fanniemae.com/loanlookup/

or

FREDDIE MAC: https://ww3.freddiemac.com/corporate/

2.)  The LTV allowable was originally announced as unlimited, but it appears lenders are afraid to offer that at this point.  I don’t have all the details yet, but I think the Loan to Value limit will either be 150% or 125%, and unlimited combined loan to value when subordinating a second.  HARP 2.0 is only for 1st Mortgages. 

3.)  Most HARP 2.0 loans will not need an appraisal.

4.)  Allows 1 30 day late in the past 12 months – as long as it is not within the most recent 6 months.

5.)  Before, you had to have the same occupancy as when you took out the original loan.  This has now been lifted.  For example, you could not complete a HARP loan on an original primary residence that is now a rental.  Now you can.

6.)  Fannie Mae is removing the waiting periods for short sales and foreclosures for this product.

This program will help the underwater homeowners that have stayed in their home and maintained their payment, to lower their interest rate to the current market levels.  This is a great product, and I think this is a step in the right direction for our industry.

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HARP 2.0 – Is it Finally Here?

BANKS ACCEPTING MORE SHORT SALES IN MARICOPA COUNTY, ARIZONA

BANKS ACCEPTING MORE DISTRESSED SALES IN MARICOPA COUNTY

March 2nd, 2012

When the housing bubble first burst in Arizona, most banks were taking back delinquent properties versus working with home owner’s to sell their property at a loss. 

Recent statistics show that banks are more and more likely to accept a short sale or sell the home at an investor auction versus taking back a delinquent home.  This is encouraging for homeowners exploring a short sale, as data suggests that there is a higher likelihood of a short sale going through.   

There are many benefits to a short sale – the most important one being that most short sales include a clause where the homeowner is no longer responsible to repay the bank.  When a home is foreclosed upon and taken back, the bank can come after you for a numbers years if they should choose to do so.

STATISTICS FOR DISTRESSED SALES AND TAKE BACKS IN MARICOPA COUNTY:

In 2011, There were 62,156 distressed title transfers

34,634 were short sales or investor sales   /   27,522 were properties taken back.

In 2010, There were 67,208 distressed title transfers

28,490 were short sales or investor sales   /   38,718 were properties taken back by the bank.

In 2009, There were 60,682 distressed title transfers

20,065 were short sales or investor sales   /   40,797 were properties taken back by the bank.

As more and more banks are willing to accept short sales, delinquent homeowners should attempt to work on a short sale versus giving the property back.  In most cases, a homeowner will get a check for closing a short sale and they do not have to worry about the bank coming after them in the future for losses incurred.

*data obtained from Fletcher Wilcox at Grand Canyon Title Agency.

BANKS ACCEPTING MORE SHORT SALES IN MARICOPA COUNTY, ARIZONA