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Mortgage Rate Trends

Mortgage Rate Trends: Historic Lows In Early March

There are times when mortgage rates are low due to any number of factors. And then there are situations where rates fall so low that even people in the mortgage industry start reviewing their refinance options. Now is one of those times with mortgage rates for FHA and VA loans falling below the three percent threshold into the high two percent range. FHA loan and refinance loan rates, at these numbers, promise a more affordable home loan and they provide the most benefit for those who plan to keep their home for a long time and pay a significant portion of the mortgage (if not the whole thing). Those who want to buy and sell quickly won’t reap the same long-term financial benefits as those who buy and keep the | more...

 
Mortgage Rate Trends

Mortgage Rate Trends: Eight Year Lows

With mortgage loan interest rates at eight-year lows, coronavirus fears, and a lot of market watching in the second month of 2020, it seemed like a good idea to resume a feature we had posted here for a good long while; a regular look at mortgage loan interest rate trends. And those trends are well worth watching at the moment; FHA and VA mortgage loan rates are advertised (at the time of this writing) at a best-execution 3.0%. You read that correctly, some FHA lenders are reporting mortgage loan rates at a flat three percent. That requires some caveats; not all lenders offer that rate, not all borrowers qualify for that rate, and not all lenders adjust their mortgage loan interest rates in the same way, the same amount, or | more...

 
FHA Loan Interest Rates: How Low Can They Go?

FHA Loan Interest Rates: How Low Can They Go?

In the first eight weeks of 2020 we have seen home loan interest rates plunge to eight-year lows. Mortgage rates for FHA home loans have sunk to 3.25%, due in part to the latest developments in the coronavirus which saw investors putting more money into safe-haven investments. That’s behavior that affects mortgage loan interest rates. The headlines themselves have no effect but investor reaction to those headlines makes quite a bit of difference. And many are inspired to look at their purchase loan or refinance loan options when the rates are advertised as low as 3.25%. When you read financial websites, you’ll find plenty of disclaimers associated with how the latest interest rates are displayed. Some consumers want to know what the phrases “top tier scenarios” and/or “best execution” have | more...

 
Corona Virus Headlines And FHA Mortgage Rates

Corona Virus Headlines And FHA Mortgage Rates

The headlines recently have said it all; “Coronavirus fears cause mortgage rates to plunge to 8-year low”. That’s courtesy of CNBC, not one of the many many amateur finance blogs or fly-by-night junk stock purveyors. What’s the reality behind the headline? FHA and VA home loan rates for Monday, February 25 2020 were reported at 3.25%, which is definitely one of the lowest points the rates have fallen to in the last several years.  There is speculation that rates might broach new territory where historic lows are concerned; whether this actually happens or not remains to be seen. Why do interest rates move higher and lower? There is no single factor, just as there is no single factor that goes into a home loan transaction; it’s a complex operation featuring | more...

 
Mortgage Loan Interest Rates: What You Need To Know About Trends

Mortgage Loan Interest Rates: What You Need To Know About Trends

What should borrowers know about mortgage loan interest rate trends? Especially when those trends are pushing rates toward historic lows? It’s a very good idea to be aware of the forces that affect mortgage rates; understanding how they work is a step toward making a more informed purchase as a house hunter or first-time home buyer. Interest Rate Trends Are Affected By The Economy What is good for the economy is often bad for mortgage loan interest rates, and vice versa. You will see rates pushing higher when there is good economic news, and rates trend lower when there is bad economic news. Except when they don’t. The thing to remember about mortgage loan rates is that no single factor affects them; it’s a combination of things and sometimes interest | more...

 
Will FHA Mortgage Loan Interest Rates Drop Even More?

Will FHA Mortgage Loan Interest Rates Drop Even More?

Mortgage loan rates have been reported at historic lows in recent times and many are wondering if now is the right time to buy or refinance a home, or if it’s better to wait to see if rates sink even lower. Should you wait to refinance? Is it better to hold off on buying? There is no good answer to these questions for one reason-all home loan transactions are different, not all get offered the same interest rates, and your experience may vary. First-time home buyers should know that when you are looking for a new home to purchase with an FHA mortgage, the interest rates you see today may not be the same tomorrow, or the next day. If you are house hunting and have not found a home | more...

 
Refinancing a Second Home With An FHA Mortgage Loan

Why Isn’t The Mortgage Loan Interest Rate I See On The Internet The Same Offered To Me?

Why do house hunters find FHA home loan interest rates advertised online to be different than the interest rates offered to them by a lender? Many borrowers want to know what the difference in rates will be and why. The answer is that several variables combine when your lender is reviewing your application for a new mortgage. Your interest rate will be offered based in part on those variables. What are some of these variables? FHA Home Loan Interest Rates And Daily Market Conditions FHA home loan interest rates are affected daily by investor behavior, breaking financial news, politics, even natural disasters and holidays. The daily changes in mortgage rates may or may not be passed on to the consumer in the form of an actual higher or lower rate; | more...

 
FHA Cash-Out Refinance Loans: Common Questions

What You Should Know About FHA Mortgage Loan Rate Lock Agreements

What should FHA home loan applicants know about the practice of mortgage interest rate lock commitments? This is an important detail of your home loan and it’s best to know how the interest rate lock agreement works ahead of time so you know how and why this part of the mortgage loan process works. What Is An FHA Mortgage Loan Interest Rate Lock Agreement? An interest rate lock protects a borrower from the daily mortgage rate fluctuations that happen naturally due to investor behavior, or other market forces that can change rates. An interest rate lock commitment is not automatic; it must be formally agreed to in writing between the borrower and the lender. An interest rate lock commitment does exactly what it sounds like it does-the lender and borrower | more...

 
FHA Mortgage Loans: Do Interest Rates Matter?

FHA Mortgage Loans: Do Interest Rates Matter?

If you are a first time home buyer you might wonder whether FHA home loan interest rates quoted to you at the appropriate time actually matter-after all, aren’t these rates subject to change depending on market forces and isn’t the borrower basically being offered the “going rate” no matter what? The short answer is, interest rates DO matter and the rates you are offered are not necessarily the “going rate”, whatever that may be. Why? There are a few variables that affect the mortgage loan interest rate you are offered by the lender. Market forces are one of those variables. Depending on breaking news, market activity, and even overseas financial developments, the rates offered at any given time may be different than the last time you checked the rates. Another | more...

 
FHA and HUD Change Loan Approval Requirements For Coronavirus

What Are The Interest Rates On FHA Mortgage Loans?

What are the interest rates on FHA mortgage loans? This is a question that can be tough to answer because there are variables involved. Some of those variables are with the lender, but some are associated with the borrower. FHA Interest Rates Are Not Set By The FHA One very important aspect of FHA loans to be mindful of; the FHA and HUD do not set or regulate the interest rates on FHA mortgage loans, refinance loans, or loan assumptions. Interest rates will be negotiated between the lender and the borrower. FHA Mortgage Loan Interest Rates Are Not The Same For All Borrowers FHA loan interest rates, like other mortgage loan rates, are determined in part by market forces, but also by the borrower’s financial qualifications. The greater credit risk | more...