Rates slowly rise after hitting lowest levels of the year

Rates slowly rise after hitting lowest levels of the year

November 2nd, 2014

Since rates hit their lowest levels since June of 2013 two to three weeks ago, interest rates have slowly drifted higher. The Mortgage Backed Security market (MBS) closed last week trading down -17 bps, and the previous week down – 15 bps. This is a common reaction when rates go quickly one way, there is usually a pull back the other way.  Even with the rise in rates, interest rates are still lower than they have been for a long time before the recent drop.

On Friday, Japan announced a large increase in their quantitative easing program – equivalent to over 720 billion in US dollars. This caused stocks to rise, but the MBS market, which normally would be hit hard by this news, only closed down – 6 bps. This shows that the current level of mortgage interest rates is quite strong. 

Interest rates will be tested again this week. On Thursday, The European Central Bank will release a policy statement. On Friday – the US employment report will be released for October.  If you are looking for safety, I would lock rates before Thursday.

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Below are today’s interest rates. Have a great week!!


20 Year Fixed at 3.75% paying 0 points

5/1 ARM at 3.125% paying 0 points


30 year fixed:      4% – .25 points (4.05% APR),       4.125% – 0 points (4.15% APR)

20 year fixed:       3.625% – .875 points (3.7% APR),       3.75% – 0 points (3.78% APR)

15 year fixed:       3.125% – .625 points (3.24% APR),       3.375% – 0 points (3.38% APR)

10 year fixed:       2.875% – .875 points (3.0% APR),       3.125% – 0 points (3.13% APR)

5/1 ARM:       2.875% – .75 points (3.025% APR),        3.125% – 0 points (3.128% APR)

7/1 ARM:        3.125% – .875 points (3.28% APR),         3.375% – 0 points (3.39% APR)

30 year fixed FHA:        3.375% – 1 point (4.575% APR),        3.625% – 0 points (4.625% APR)

15 year fixed FHA:        2.875% – 1 point (3.375% APR),         3.125% – 0 points (3.425% APR)

30 year fixed VA:        3.5% – .625 points (3.62% APR),           3.625% – 0 points (3.67% APR)

Today's Interest Rates - November 2nd, 2014

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Rates slowly rise after hitting lowest levels of the year