October 16, 2019

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The Confusion Over Closing Costs Versus Down Payment

What You Need To Know About FHA Home Loan Interest Rates

What does a new borrower need to know about home loan interest rates? There are many home loan blogs that discuss the fluctuations of mortgage rates and talk about those moves higher and lower. Some discuss the rates as though the ones mentioned could be offered to all applicants. Why isn’t this true? The rates you see advertised on the internet are usually posted as “best execution” interest rates which means that “ideal conditions” are assumed. What are those ideal conditions? An incredibly well-qualified borrower with high FICO scores, low debt ratios, and no credit issues. That means that the actual interest rate you are offered will vary from what you see posted online, and that the rate will depend on your FICO scores and other financial qualifications. But what | more...

 
FHA Appraisal Rules You Need To Know

What Is My FHA Home Loan Interest Rate?

What is my FHA home loan interest rate? Borrowers want to know because it affects the overall cost of the mortgage for the lifetime of the loan, and when you are buying a home with an FHA mortgage (or any other kind of home loan) it’s important to think long-term; knowing how the interest rate affects your loan costs is a detail worth learning more about. But interest rates on FHA home loans are not (to the surprise of some) set or regulated by the FHA or HUD. The only real guidelines for basic FHA loan interest rates are that the rates must be applied in a manner that is reasonable and “customary” for the housing market you are buying in. The FHA does have regulations on how Adjustable Rate | more...

 
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 Loan Interest Rate Trends: Moving Higher

Since our last report, mortgage loan rates have crept slightly higher and there are indications that we could see conditions favorable for that to continue depending on investor reaction to things like breaking news from other parts of the world, bond market activity, etc. What is bad for the economy is often good for mortgage loan interest rates, and vice versa. Recent developments such as the French election and the release of the most recent U.S employment data have brought good news. Mortgage rates have crept higher within the range we’ve gotten accustomed to seeing, so many affected borrowers may notice the difference in closing costs rather than actual higher rates. 30-year fixed rate conventional mortgages are still operating at a best execution range at or near between 4.0% and | more...

 
Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

Mortgage Rate Trends: Still Moving Lower

Mortgage rate trends this week have been dragging rates to their lowest levels of the year. Around election time last year, we began to see the stage being set for some upward trending that pushed mortgage loan interest rates out of their three percent ranges and back into four percent territory. At one point it seemed likely that the mid-fours could be the range for the new year. But now, at least in the short term, we are seeing rates creep back down, closer to where they were pre-election (assuming the downward trend persists). There are several reasons for this, including bond market activity, geopolitics, and most recently a reaction to statements from the White House that the dollar is performing too robustly (paraphrasing ours). To learn more about what | more...

 
Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

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...

 
Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

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...

 
Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

Mortgage Rate Trends: Moving Lower

Since our last mortgage rate report, the overall trend has been downward in the short-term. Over the past several business days we have seen rates see-saw back and forth within a certain range, but at the time of this writing, rates are lower than when we reported on them last. 30-year fixed rate mortgages are at 4.25%, best execution. That’s in the middle of the range we last reported, with 4.375% at the upper end and 4.125% at the lower end. FHA loans are finally seeing a mortgage rate range falling back into the sub-four percent range; depending on the lender FHA mortgage rate numbers are reported between 3.75% and 4.25% best execution. Remember, “best execution” refers to rates offered to extremely well-qualified borrowers with outstanding FICO scores and other | 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...