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HOW WILL THE FISCAL CLIFF DEAL AFFECT MORTGAGE RATES?

HOW WILL THE FISCAL CLIFF DEAL AFFECT MORTGAGE RATES?

January 2nd, 2013

Happy New Year!!

On January 1st, Congress finally came to a deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff”.  The deal essentially kicks the main issues down the road, but averts the tax increases for the majority of Americans.

As expected, the markets responded and the stock market surged and mortgage rates went up.  Currently the Mortgage Backed Security market is trading down – 22 bps on the week. 

Fortunately, because the Feds continue to buy and keep demand in place for mortgage backed securities, rates were not hit that hard.  The average 30 year fixed pricing went up .23 pts at any given rate.  Shorter term loans and ARM pricing did not go up as much. 

The Fiscal Cliff deal basically:

1.)     Increases taxes on individuals making 400k per year or more

2.)     Increases taxes on married couples making 450k per year or more

3.)     Increases taxes on dividend and capital gain income.

So one part of the Fiscal Cliff is resolved – the major tax increases that would have affected all Americans. 

The other issue that was kicked down the road was the debt issue.  There is a 2 month period before automatic spending cuts will go into effect for the US treasury.  So the debate on the fiscal cliff is really just beginning, with the US deficit still not addressed. 

Congress will have to come to an agreement on key spending cuts or raise the debt ceiling again.  The markets will likely remain volatile until March 1st, as a deal will likely not happen until the last possible moment.

Rates are very volatile right now and the benefits in locking a loan outweigh the risk and possible pricing improvement that may accompany floating a rate.  Rates are only .125% higher than their all time lows.  I am recommending locking at this point.  If rates drop .25% during the loan process, a rate can be floated down.

Have a great week!!

TODAY’S RATES:

30 year fixed:     3.375% paying .634 points,     3.5% paying 0 points,     3.75% – $0 costs

20 year fixed:   3.25% paying .99 points,     3.5% paying 0 points,     3.625%  – $0 costs

15 year fixed:   2.75% paying .30 points,     2.875% paying 0 points,     2.99% – $0 costs

5/1 ARM:   2.25% paying 1 point,     2.625% paying 0 points,     3% – $0 costs

7/1 ARM:    2.5% paying .99 points,     2.875% paying 0 points,     3.125%- $0 costs

30 year fixed High Balance Loan:    3.5% paying .966 points;     3.75% paying 0 points;    3.875% – $0 costs

30 year fixed FHA:    3.25% – $0 costs

15 year fixed FHA:    2.75% – $0 costs

30 year fixed VA:    3.25% – $0 costs

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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.  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.

HOW WILL THE FISCAL CLIFF DEAL AFFECT MORTGAGE RATES?

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MERRY CHRISTMAS – 30 YEAR FIXED RATES REMAIN AT 3.375%

MERRY CHRISTMAS  –  30 YEAR FIXED RATES REMAIN AT 3.375%

December 26th, 2012

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!!

Interest rates did not change much over the past week.  The mortgage backed security market closed last week trading down (-3 bps). This week the MBS market is trading up (+6 bps). 

All eyes remain on the fiscal cliff negotiations.  We are getting down to the deadline and the sides still appear to be very far apart.  Congress will reconvene on Thursday and the President will be back from Hawaii on Thursday.

Some insiders still believe a deal will get done, while others are more pessimistic.  Some think that going over the cliff will cause serious economic repercussions, some don’t.  So you are seeing conflicting points of view on all angles of the fiscal cliff.

Going over the fiscal cliff will cause taxes to go up for all Americans, but many believe a tax deal will get done before the new tables are released even if a Fiscal Cliff deal does not get done.  The market is most concerned with the tax rates, as more taxes equals less disposable income to spend on goods and services.   Unfortunately, it appears likely that the issue of deficit reduction and spending cuts will get kicked down the road. 

My personal belief is:

If the Fiscal Cliff or Tax deal get done, rates will go up slightly.

If they don’t, rates will go down slightly.

In other news, the Senate will be introducing bill S3678 this week.  This bill will be voted on before the end of the year.  If it passes, FHA will raise Mortgage insurance premiums again.  The rumored changes are:

FHA raising monthly mortgage insurance premiums .1%

FHA monthly mortgage insurance premiums to continue for life  

If you are planning to start a new FHA loan, or streamline your existing FHA loan – I wouldn’t wait. 

Have a great week!!

TODAY’S RATES:

30 year fixed:     3.375% paying .40 points,     3.5% paying 0 points,     3.625% – $0 costs

20 year fixed:   3.25% paying .73 points,     3.375% paying 0 points,     3.625%  – $0 costs

15 year fixed:   2.75% paying .26 points,     2.875% paying 0 points,     2.99% – $0 costs

5/1 ARM:   2.25% paying 1 point,     2.625% paying 0 points,     3% – $0 costs

7/1 ARM:    2.5% paying .88 points,     2.75% paying 0 points,     3%- $0 costs

30 year fixed High Balance Loan:    3.5% paying .99 points;     3.75% paying 0 points;    3.875% – $0 costs

30 year fixed FHA:    3.25% – $0 costs

15 year fixed FHA:    2.75% – $0 costs

30 year fixed VA:    3.25% – $0 costs

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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.  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.

30 Year Fixed Rates remain at 3.375%

INTEREST RATES REMAIN STABLE – FISCAL CLIFF TALKS STALL

INTEREST RATES REMAIN STABLE – FISCAL CLIFF TALKS STALL

December 10th, 2012

Interest rates started off last week lower and then rose near the end of the week. Overall, the mortgage backed security market closed the week trading down (-22 bps). On Monday morning, the MBS market is trading (+ 15 bps).

Rates are very similar across with ARM pricing showing some improvement. The better than expected employment report on Friday caused rates to lose some of the gains from earlier in the week.

The Fiscal Cliff negotiations remain at a standstill with neither side willing to budge just yet. It looks more and more likely that a temporary agreement may go into place pushing this issue down the road yet again. I expect rates to continue to trade in narrow ranges until something of substance happens with the Fiscal Cliff.

This week the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) is meeting and is expected to announce a continuation of Operation Twist, which expires this month.

The FHFA announced that they may raise the guaranteed fee (G FEE) for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans again in these states: Connecticut, Illinois, Florida, New Jersey and New York. The FHFA raised the G Fee nationally earlier this year. If this goes into effect, the cost of borrowing in these states will increase and a national G fee increase may be coming.

Have a great week!!

TODAY’S RATES:

30 year fixed:     3.25% paying .87 points,     3.5% paying 0 points,     3.625% – $0 costs
20 year fixed:     3.25% paying .379 points,     3.375% paying 0 points,     3.5% – $0 costs
15 year fixed:      2.625% paying .94 points,      2.875% paying 0 points,     3% – $0 costs
5/1 ARM:      2% paying 1 point,      2.375% paying 0 points,      2.625% – $0 costs
7/1 ARM:      2.25% paying .9 points,      2.5% paying 0 points,      2.75%- $0 costs
30 year fixed High Balance Loan:      3.5% paying .32 points;      3.625% – 0 points;      3.75% – $0 costs
30 year fixed FHA:      3.25% – $0 costs
15 year fixed FHA:      2.75% – $0 costs
30 year fixed VA:      3.25% – $0 costs

TR - 12-10-2012

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Interest Rates Remain Stable – Fiscal Cliff Talks Stall

TODAY’S INTEREST RATES

TODAY’S INTEREST RATES

November 26th, 2012

I hope everyone had a happy and safe Thanksgiving!!

Interest rates rose last week with the Mortgage Backed Security market trading down (-53 bps).  The stock market has been doing very well recently with optimism that a Fiscal Cliff deal will get done and positive signs from the economy.

I think the stock market is probably overbought a little bit, so I expect some rate improvement this week.  On Monday morning, the MBS market is trading up (+22 bps), so rates should improve from their close on Friday.  I do not expect a huge change in pricing, but I do predict some movement in a positive direction for interest rates.

The Holidays are usually a popular time to refinance.  You always get a 1 month payment deferral on your mortgage, and you get refund from your old escrow account after closing if you impound your taxes and insurance in your payment.  I can still get most loans done today by Christmas.  If you are interested in lowering your payment and getting some extra cash in your pocket for the Holidays, please call me today.

TODAY’S RATES:

30 year fixed:     3.375% paying .43 points,     3.5% paying 0 points,     3.625% – $0 costs

20 year fixed:   3.25% paying .43 points,     3.375% paying 0 points,     3.5%  – $0 costs

15 year fixed:   2.75% paying .46 points,     2.875% paying 0 points,     3.125% – $0 costs

5/1 ARM:   2.125% paying .96 points,     2.5% paying 0 points,     2.75% – $0 costs

7/1 ARM:    2.375% paying .89 points,     2.625% paying 0 points,     2.875%- $0 costs

30 year fixed High Balance Loan:    3.5% paying .61 points;     3.625% – 0 points;    3.75% – $0 costs

30 year fixed FHA:    3.25% – $0 costs

15 year fixed FHA:    2.75% – $0 costs

30 year fixed VA:    3.25% – $0 costs

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.  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 Interest Rates.

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

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.  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.

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

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.  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.

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

 

MORTGAGE RATES RISE QUICKLY WITH MBS SELL OFF!!

MORTGAGE RATES RISE QUICKLY WITH MBS SELL OFF!!

August 20th, 2012

The MBS market closed last week trading down (-91 bps) and on Monday the MBS market is trading up ( + 18 bps).

Mortgage rates went up rapidly as investors saw more signs that the European Debt situation seems to be easing and the US economy is getting stronger. When investor confidence comes back, there is usually a quick turn around and rates rise much faster than they go down. This is why I always say if you like a particular rate and product, lock it, as rates can change very quickly. I don’t see rates ever going below 3.25% without getting very expensive. Many potential borrowers missed out on great rates waiting for a small dip in rates, which would only lower their payment an additional $10-$20. It is usually not worth the risk.

There is not much data this week. I expect rates to rebound slightly as is the norm when rates go one way very quickly. On August 30th, Bernanke will have his opening speech at the annual economic conference at Jackson Hole. With the recent signs of economic strength, there is now investor sentiment that the FED will not begin another round of quantitative easing. His speech on the 30th, will likely give us some insight on what the FED may do.

On the bright side, football starts in 2 weeks. I will be out of town from Wednesday to Monday so you may not be able to reach me during those days. Make it a great week!!

My best value of the week:

30 Year Fixed High Balance Loan at 3.875% with .199 points

Below are rates available today paying a point or less:

30 year fixed:   3.625% paying .58 points, 3.75% paying 0 points
20 year fixed:   3.5% paying .79 points, 3.75% paying 0 points
15 year fixed:   2.875% paying .98 points, 3.125% paying 0 points
5/1 ARM:   2.25% paying .96 points, 2.625% paying 0 points
7/1 ARM:   2.5% paying .74 points, 2.75% paying 0 points
30 year fixed High Balance Loan:   3.75% paying .88 points, 3.99% 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

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.

MORTGAGE RATES RISE QUICKLY WITH MBS SELL OFF!!

30 YEAR FIXED BACK TO 3.375% – WILD WEEK FOR MORTGAGE RATES.

30 YEAR FIXED BACK TO 3.375% – WILD WEEK FOR MORTGAGE RATES

August 6th, 2012

The MBS market closed last week trading up (+ 3 bps) and on Monday morning the MBSmarket is tradingup (+ 20 bps).    

Although the MBS market closed higher on the week, mortgage rates went up quite substantially on Friday due to a stronger than expected Unemployment report.  Although the unemployment rate went up to 8.3%, there was more job growth than expected – causing a sell off of mbs bonds, and the stock market to surge up 200 points.  Still mortgage rates ended the week a bit better than they started off last week.

On Wednesday, the FED statement did not include a new round of “quantitative easing”, or more commitments to purchase mortgage backed securities.  Many investors expected the FED to act, and they did not. 

Overall, last week was a wild week in the mortgage markets.  Rates improved quite a bit on Monday and Tuesday, but pulled back higher near the end of the week. 

This week should be much calmer, with very little data coming out that would push the markets too far in either direction.  One thing we learned on Friday –  if the economy gets a string of positive reports, interest rates will go up and usually very quickly. 

My best value of the week:

20 Year Fixed Loan at 3.375% with 0 points

Below are rates available today paying a point or less:

30 year fixed:  3.375% paying 1 point, 3.625% paying 0 points

20 year fixed:  3.25% paying .63 points, 3.375% paying 0 points

15 year fixed:  2.75% paying .71 points, 2.99% paying 0 points

5/1 ARM:  2.25% paying .85 points, 2.5% paying 0 points

7/1 ARM:  2.375% paying 1 point, 2.625% paying 0 points

30 year fixed High Balance Loan:  3.625% paying .6 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

 

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.

30 Year Fixed Back to 3.375% – Wild Week For Mortgage Rates

MORTGAGE RATES RISE DUE TO OPTIMISM IN THE STOCK MARKETS:

MORTGAGE RATES RISE DUE TO OPTIMISM IN THE STOCK MARKETS:

July 30th, 2012

The MBS market closed last week trading down (- 44 bps) and on Monday morning the mbsmarket is tradingup (+ 15 bps).    

For the first week in many, the mortgage interest rate market pulled higher mainly due to optimism in the stock markets.  The President of the ECB stated in a speech that they are willing to do whatever it takes to save the Euro.  This public declaration resulted in optimism among investors wary of the European debt crisis that has been dragging on the market for months.  European stocks rose to a 4 month high last week. 

This week will be a critical and volatile week in the interest rate markets.  The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) is meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday with a statement on Wednesday.  Most of the market now expects the FED to take on another round of mortgage backed security purchases.  The European Central Bank will meet on Thursday.  The July employment report will come out on Friday. 

Tough to say whether to lock or float right now.  We will likely see some big swings in the market depending on the news of that day. 

My best value of the week:

30 Year Fixed High Balance Loan at 3.75% with 0 points

Below are rates available today paying a point or less:

30 year fixed:  3.5% paying .329 points, 3.625% paying 0 points

20 year fixed:  3.25% paying .94 points, 3.5% paying 0 points

15 year fixed:  2.75% paying .94 points, 2.99% paying 0 points

5/1 ARM:  2.375% paying .72 points, 2.625% paying 0 points

7/1 ARM:  2.5% paying .66 points, 2.75% paying 0 points

30 year fixed High Balance Loan:  3.625% paying .74 point, 3.75% paying 0 points

30 year fixed FHA:  3.25% paying 0 points

15 year fixed FHA:  2.75% paying .29 points, 2.875% paying 0 points

30 year fixed VA3.25% 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.

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

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.

Mortgage Rates Remain Stable – 30 Year Fixed at 3.75%

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