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

Today's Interest Rates - December 26th, 2013

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

INTEREST RATES HIT MULTI YEAR HIGHS – WITH NO SIGNS OF STOPPING

INTEREST RATES HIT MULTI YEAR HIGHS – WITH NO SIGNS OF STOPPING

June 24th, 2013

Last week was the single worst week for interest rates that I can remember (I have been doing mortgages for 10 years). As expected and stated in last week’s update – the FED’s statement on Wednesday would bring about volatility in the market and it certainly did.

Ben Bernanke and the FED maintained that they would scale back the stimulus and bond purchasing plan. The mortgage backed security and stock markets plummeted. The MBS market closed the week trading down -314 bps.  When the dust had settled, 30 year fixed rates were .625% higher than they were at the end of trading on Friday.

The interest rates people have been accustomed to for the past couple years are gone and they are not coming back. I have warned about this for the past year – when the FED leaves the bond purchasing market – rates will go higher, quickly. The FED has basically kept rates lower than they should be for 2.5 years.

On the bright side – interest rates are historically still very good, but I do expect them to continue to rise.

If you can benefit from refinancing – I wouldn’t wait or spend a week shopping. Rates have been moving up so quickly that shoppers are losing a ton more in daily rate hikes than actually finding a better deal. Even if the savings are not unbelievable, this may be your last chance to lower your rate and payment for the life of your loan.

My recommendation is to lock in if you are currently floating.

Make it a great week!!

BEST VALUE OF THE WEEK:

15 Year Fixed at 3.75% with 0 points

TODAY’S RATES:

30 year fixed:      4.5% – .89 points,      4.75% – 0 points,      4.875% – $0 costs

20 year fixed:      4.25% – .32 points,      4.375% – 0 points,      4.75% – $0 costs

15 year fixed:      3.5% – .84 points,      3.75% – 0 points,       4% – $0 costs

5/1 ARM:      3.25% – .81 points

7/1 ARM:      3.375% – .97 points

10/1 ARM:       4.25% – .91 points

30 year fixed FHA:      4% – .99 points,      4.25% – 0 points,       4.5% – $0 costs

15 year fixed FHA:      3.25% – .48 points,      3.375% – 0 points,       3.5% – $0 costs

30 year fixed VA:      4.25% paying 0 points,      4.625%- $0 costs

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INTEREST RATES HIT MULTI YEAR HIGHS  –  WITH NO SIGNS OF STOPPING

MORTGAGE RATES SURPASS ALL TIME LOWS WITH THE FED’S 40 BILLION BOND PURCHASE ANNOUNCEMENT

MORTGAGE RATES SURPASS ALL TIME LOWS WITH THE FED’S 40 BILLION BOND PURCHASE ANNOUNCEMENT:

September 17th, 2012

The MBS market closed last week trading up (+ 28 bps).

The big news happened on Thursday when the FED announced they would purchase 40 Billion in Mortgage Backed Securities per month until the economy improves.  This sent the MBS market way up, and mortgage pricing to all time low levels.   The MBS market ended up closing + 134 bps on Thursday alone.  On Friday and Monday, the Mbs market gave some gains back, closing – 62 bps on Friday, and – 3 bps on Monday.

The elephant in the room is still the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guaranteed fee increase.  These will be hitting all rate sheets very soon.  As a direct lender, my bank has 8 big banks that provide us credit lines in which to fund loans.  All but 2 have increased pricing due to the Fannie Mae pricing announcement.  The others could happen at any time.  That is why I am recommending locking loans as soon as possible to take advantage of where current pricing is before the pricing goes up on all rate sheets. 

The risk of waiting is not worth the reward at this point as the market will have to improve by .5 to .625% in costs just to take back the losses as a result of the Guaranteed Fee increase when it goes into effect.

Below are rates available today paying a point or less:

30 year fixed:  3.375% paying .43 point, 3.5% paying 0 points

20 year fixed:  3.25% paying .59 points, 3.375% paying 0 points

15 year fixed:  2.75% paying .65 points, 2.875% paying 0 points

5/1 ARM:  2.25% paying .43 points, 2.5% paying 0 points

7/1 ARM:  2.25% paying .87 points, 2.625% paying 0 points

30 year fixed High Balance Loan:  3.5% paying .36 points, 3.625% paying 0 points

30 year fixed FHA:  3.25% paying 0 points

15 year fixed FHA:  2.75% paying 0 points

30 year fixed VA3.25% paying 0 points

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MORTGAGE RATES SURPASS ALL TIME LOWS WITH THE FED’S 40 BILLION BOND PURCHASE ANNOUNCEMENT

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