August 17, 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...

 
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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...

 
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Mortgage Loan Interest Rate Trends: Higher

Since our last report, we’ve seen rates climbing again, but the most recent uptick in numbers has a lot to do with global political headlines rather than domestic economic issues or market corrections. The election results in France have certain implications-one candidate favors a French version of Brexit and investors watching the results unfold have reacted in ways unfavorable to mortgage loan interest rates. At the time of this writing, we’re seeing upward movement in rates; 30-year fixed rate conventional mortgages are in a best execution range between 4.0 and 4.125%-remember last week we reported some aggressive lenders were offering best execution rates below the four percent line for the first time in a long while. FHA mortgage loan rates are reported at the time of this writing in a | more...

 
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Mortgage Rate Trends: Lower

Mortgage rate trends have generally been moving in favor or lower rates over the short term, and since our last report we’ve seen those rates move into territory not firmly held for quite some time. What is good for the economy is often bad for mortgage rates, and vice-versa, so the uncertain news you see related to some economic issues at home can be viewed as a contributing factor for lower rate activity in recent days. What we’re seeing as of late includes the influence of global economic headlines, domestic questions about the value of the U.S. dollar following statements out of Washington, and stock market activity. All this contributing toward the downward trend in mortgage rates. Investors hate uncertainty, and often run to the safety of bonds when times | more...

 
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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...

 
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Mortgage Loan Interest Rate Trends: Sharply Lower

Since our last report, mortgage loan interest rates have fallen sharply. Market watchers give at least some of the credit for this to bond market activity, and following a recent persistent upward trend any improvement is a welcome step in the right direction. From Wednesday on, there are a variety of scheduled economic data releases and other events that could (and historically, have) be influential in the continued downward trend. Of course, these scheduled events could also have the opposite effect on mortgage loan rates, so industry professionals will likely be paying individual attention to each of these until week’s end. 30-year fixed rate conventional mortgage loan interest rates were reported at a best execution 4.125%, down from last week’s 4.25%. The big changes are in FHA mortgage loan rates | more...

 
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Mortgage Rate Trends: Mostly Unchanged?

The most current mortgage rate trends put us in a curious place at the moment-there are small changes, there is movement in rates, but our sources say much depends on the lender (both conventional and non-conventional) and how that particular financial institution is reacting to the current rate environment. As we’ll explore in a moment, FHA mortgage rates are in a range that is fairly atypical, at least in terms of the size of that range. Conventional rates are solidly in the bottom four percent zone, but there are factors this week that have the potential to influence that. Specifically, there are scheduled economic data releases this week including today’s (Monday) morning release of construction spending an a national manufacturing index. There’s a scheduled ADP employment report due out mid-week, | more...

 
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Mortgage Rates Sharply Higher

This week we’ve devoted a bit more column space to mortgage rate trends, and for good reason. Markets hate uncertainty, investors tend to move to “safe haven” investments in times like these, and we’re seeing plenty of activity in markets that affect mortgage loan rates in this area. Add to that economic data releases which, though spelling out good things for the country, put upward pressure on mortgage rates. That adds up to significant short term activity. And the latest has both conventional mortgage loan interest rates and FHA mortgage rates moving into new, higher ranges. 30-year fixed rate conventional mortgages are reported, at the time of this writing, in a new best-execution range between 4.25% and 4.375%, a sharp turn upward some professional market watchers are labeling the highest, | more...

 
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Mortgage Rate Trends: Edging Higher

Since our last report, mortgage rates had one day of mild recovery, but yesterday rates took an upward turn. Many industry professionals are keen on next week’s Fed meeting as a potential make-or-break in terms of short-term rate trends. Will the Fed hike interest rates? What will the investor reaction to that news be if it comes to pass? These are the questions on the minds of those watching mortgage loan interest rate trends at the moment. And until next Wednesday, all anyone can do is wait and watch. At the time of this writing, 30-year fixed rate conventional mortgages are reported at a best-execution 4.25%, borrowers have likely noticed recent rate changes reflected in closing costs rather than an actual rate change. FHA mortgages are holding in their range | more...

 
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Mortgage Rate Trends: Higher

Mortgage loan rates have been rising in small increments for the last five business days-Friday’s move upward was small but is still part of that overall upward trends. The Fed is likely to announce an interest rate hike at their meeting on the 15th, which won’t help the mortgage rate environment, but by the time that hike is announced rates are likely to already reflect any negative consequences (on mortgage rates). What is good news for the economy is often bad news for mortgage loan interest rates. The Fed raising rates is an indicator that the economy is stronger, and investor reaction to that climate can and often does have a negative effect on mortgage rates. At the time of this writing, 30-year fixed rate conventional mortgages are reported at | more...