June 28, 2017

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Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

FHA Mortgage Rates: Trending Slightly Higher After Recent Lows

Since our last report, we’ve seen mortgage rate trends push rates to lows we haven’t seen since the Christmas holiday season but the start of the new week has seen those rates creep slightly higher. Even with the minor upward movement, gone are the previously reported ranges of rates, replaced by single-digit best execution numbers some industry pros are urging borrowers to take full advantage of in situations where locking/floating is being considered. 30-year fixed rate conventional mortgages are reported, at the time of this writing, at the very bottom of the four percent range best execution. That means an extremely well-qualified conventional borrower could find rates as low as 4.0%. FHA mortgage loan rates are still below the four percent threshold, coming in at a best execution 3.75%. Best | more...

 

FHA Adjustable Rate Mortgage Rules: Rates, Term, and Adjustments

Some potential FHA borrowers might be surprised to learn that an FHA adjustable rate mortgage (FHA ARM) is an option to consider, but for those with specific financial needs and goals, an FHA ARM loan might be a very good idea. FHA adjustable rate mortgages have specific controls over how much and when an interest rate change may occur, but there are other rules that also affect this type of FHA mortgage. All the rules for FHA ARM loans are found in HUD 4000.1, the FHA Single Family Loan Handbook. It says that the initial rate and margin are established by the lender, and that the margin must be constant over the entire term of the mortgage. Furthermore, “The interest rate must remain constant for an initial period of 1, | more...

 
Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

Mortgage Rate Trends: Pushing Higher

Since our last report, mortgage rate trends have been in the “higher” category. That’s due at least in part, according to our sources, to local political drama which has sent investors moving for safer havens. Those moves often reflect badly on rates, and those hoping for a chance to squeeze more recovery out of current trends likely weren’t counting on breaking news about possible impeachment proceedings over FBI director James Comey and questions of Russian involvement in U.S. politics to influence mortgage rates. But they have, however indirectly. At the time of this writing, 30-year fixed rate conventional mortgage rate numbers have taken an upward turn to 4.0%, best execution. That’s out of a previous range of rates, with 4.0% being the bottom end of the range. FHA mortgage loan | more...

 
Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

Mortgage Loan Interest Rate Trends: Up And Down

In our last report we noted that mortgage loan interest rate numbers could be influenced by the substance of the most recent Fed announcement, or more specifically investor reaction to those details. Rates did try to creep lower ahead of Wednesday’s Fed event, and Wednesday morning it seemed like rates were trying to move lower still. But the Fed came and went, rates began to move higher, and according to our sources at the end of the day on Wednesday we were right back to where things were at before the pre-Fed downward movement. Which is to say that rates have been moving up and down within a certain range without any real major, breaking news-type dramatic shifts. 30-year fixed rate mortgage loan interest rate numbers are in a best | more...

 
Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

Mortgage Loan Interest Rate Trends: Holding Ahead Of Fed

Since our last report, mortgage loan interest rate trends have held on to some of the improvement seen last week, closing out Friday more or less unchanged, depending on the lender. This week is a big one-there is a much anticipated announcement by the Fed on Wednesday that has potential to influence rates depending on investor reaction to that announcement. It is entirely possible we could see rates in a defensive mode leading up to the fed with few changes one way or the other. There’s also an important employment report due out on Friday that could further influence rates-again, depending on investor reaction to the news. These two events, their implications, and how investors deal with all of it could make for a tricky week. There’s also breaking news | more...

 
Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

Mortgage Rate Trends: Moving Higher

Since our last report, mortgage rate numbers went from an incursion into sub-four percent territory for the most competitive lenders back up to highs we haven’t seen in approximately two weeks. Domestic tax policy, overseas election drama, and other factors have played a part in the recent ups and downs, but what we’re seeing is short-term influences rather than indications of a possible long-term trend. At the moment it’s tough to say what the mid-to-long term direction of rates might be. We’re in an uncertain period and much of our reporting lately on mortgage rate movement has to do with these short term issues. At the time of this writing, 30-year fixed rate conventional mortgages are back to a range between the very bottom of the four percent range and | more...

 
Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

Mortgage Loan Interest Rate Trends: New Lows

In our last report, we noted that mortgage loan interest rates had been on the move, losing a small amount of ground over the previous two business days. We also noted that it was too early to tell if that was becoming a trend, or if the move higher was a short-term fluctuation. At the time of this writing, mortgage rates have since plunged to lows we haven’t seen for a majority of the year. There are complex reasons why rates have suddenly moved downward. Global political headlines often play a role in the direction of mortgage rate movement, especially when those headlines have far-reaching implications. This week we’ve seen French elections, Russia and North Korea dominate headlines in ways that have investors moving their cash into safer bets, which | more...

 
Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

Mortgage Rates Lower Post-Fed

Since our last report, the Fed hiked interest rates. That comes as no surprise as it was widely expected to happen, and mortgage loan rates began rising ahead of that announcement as the industry began to anticipate the move. Once the Fed announcement happened, many sources point out that when rates began to fall again, it was due in part to adjustments following that anticipation. There is no single reason why mortgage loan interest rates rise and fall-any number of factors may combine to influence investors in the markets that directly affect these rates. But in the short term, single causes can and often do exert greater influences. Now that the Fed announcement has come and gone, what’s the state of mortgage rates in the short term? In general, they | more...

 
Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

Mortgage Rate Trends: Third Day Lower

Mortgage rates fell for the third day in a row on Friday, though affected borrowers may have noticed the changes reflected in closing costs rather than an actual interest rate change. We’ve seen rates drop low enough that some market watchers are using phrases like “back to 2017 lows” and “lowest levels of the year”. The mortgage rate trends we’ve seen as of late are within a narrow range, and it’s not clear whether that range will adjust in the short term. In 2017 we’ve seen rates break into the four percent range, even FHA mortgage rates are now moving within that range at the upper end of their current “comfort zone”. At the time of this writing, 30-year fixed rate conventional mortgages are in a best execution range between | more...

 
Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

Mortgage Rate Trends: Higher

Mortgage loan interest rates went higher on Friday, undoing some of the gains made earlier in the week but keeping things within the range we’ve been looking at since the start of 2017. The move higher wasn’t enough to push many lenders away from their earlier offerings; affected borrowers likely saw the results of Friday’s move reflected in closing costs in some markets, where actual changes to the rate may have occurred with some lenders. 30-year fixed rate conventional mortgages were reported in a range between 4.125% and 4.25% on Friday (best execution). FHA mortgage rates remain in their 3.75% comfort zone. The ups and downs, give-and-take activity of recent weeks isn’t really enough to push FHA mortgage rates out of that zone without either a day’s worth of dramatic | more...