After three solid days of upward movement on interest rates for mortgage loans in general, Friday’s market activity was such that there was no general shift in rates either way–much of the differences seen in Friday’s interest rates would depend on the lender. According to our sources, some were slightly higher, others slightly lower.
Some will notice higher or lower actual rates; others will notice the changes in the form of altered closing costs, depending on the lender.
30-year fixed-rate conventional mortgage loans remained in a best-execution range of rates between 3.875% ad 4.0% depending on the lender. FHA mortgage rates continued in their long-held best execution comfort zone of 3.75%.
FHA rates tend to vary more among lenders than 30-year fixed rate conventional equivalents, so do some comparison shopping to make the most informed choice.
As always, best execution rates are offered to borrowers with the most competitive FICO scores and other financial qualifications. Your experience may vary depending on the lender, your FICO scores, etc.
Many industry professionals are advising borrowers within 30 days of closing to lock (at least as of Friday). Others don’t even bother with closing dates–if you’re happy with your current rate, lock. That’s the going advice from our sources. Naturally this is a decision only the borrower can make and you should always ask some advice of your lender before making a final decision. Some are looking to Monday in hopes of seeing a recovery, but only time will tell if those hopes are well-founded or not.
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