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Mortgage Rate Trends

Home Loan Interest Rates Hit Historic Lows Again.

The end of the month of June, 2020 saw mortgage loan interest rates hit another historic low–rates hit another all-time low for the fourth time in a single month. As coronavirus issues continue to affect the global economy, economic factors at home and abroad have contributed to an environment favorable for lower rates. FHA Mortgage Loan Interest Rates In June 2020 FHA mortgage rates were listed at 2.50% on the last day of June. Not all borrowers are offered rates this low–your experience will vary depending on FICO scores and credit history. Finance and banking experts have been discussing the idea that as long as coronavirus has a role in what happens to the U.S. economy, we have the potential for continued low mortgage rates. Unfortunately, there is also volatility | more...

 
Mortgage Rate Trends

Mortgage Rates Hovering Near Historic Lows

Mortgage loan interest rates have been holding steady near all-time lows. FHA mortgage loans (on fixed-rate 30 year mortgages) were reported at a best-execution 2.50% on Monday June 23, 2020 and talk persists that these low numbers could be with us longer than expected unless there are market forces that run counter to the current downward trend. Some marketwatchers point out that current low rates can be blamed at least in part on coronavirus concerns, but the reverse is not necessarily true if the crisis begins to abate without a feared second wave of infections. Investors and markets may not react in equal measure to the good economic news as they did to bad economic developments. What’s bad for the economy is often good for mortgage loan rates, and that’s | more...

 
Preparing For An FHA Mortgage? What You Need To Know About "Contingent Liabilities"

Fed Announces Bond Policy Influencing Mortgage Loan Interest Rates

In the second week of June, the Fed announced important policies that influence mortgage rates. FederalReserve.gov published a statement announcing monetary policy from the Federal Open Market Committee including: The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System voted unanimously to maintain the interest rate paid on required and excess reserve balances at 0.10 percent, effective June 11, 2020. As part of its policy decision, the Federal Open Market Committee voted to authorize and direct the Open Market Desk at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to run “open market operations as necessary to maintain the federal funds rate in a target range of 0 to 1/4 percent”; The vote also authorized an “Increase the System Open Market Account holdings of Treasury securities, agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS), and agency | more...

 
Why FHA interest rates are lower than conventional mortgage rates

Why FHA Loan Interest Rates Are Lower

Have you ever started to research home loans and found yourself getting confused at all the data presented to you? What is the difference between a 30-year fixed rate conventional home loan and a 30-year fixed rate FHA mortgage? How do you know which loan to choose? Buying a home is one of the biggest commitments you can make financially as an ordinary, non-business borrower. The down payment alone makes some borrowers worry they can’t afford the loan (fortunately there may be local down payment assistance programs in your area that can help) or that they won’t be able to understand the intricacies of a mortgage. But buying a home involves a lot more common sense than you might realize. One area this is true for is interest rates–once you | more...

 
FHA home loans, interest rate cuts, and your mortgage

FHA Loans, Interest Rate Cuts, And Your Mortgage

Home loan interest rates have been on a wild ride. The Fed cut interest rates in March of 2020–two times in response to coronavirus economic issues. But the Fed rate cut did not mean mortgage loan interest rates were directly cut.  Home loan rates move up and down based on market forces, investor behavior, etc. The Fed’s rate cut actions are not a specific trim to home loan rates, but the effects of that rate cut did include influencing how investors did business in the wake of those cuts. It’s easy to assume the Fed has some kind of direct control over home loan rates, but what is the reality? How do home loan rates work and what do you need to know moving forward with your loan application? On | more...

 
Mortgage Rate Trends

Mortgage Rate Trends: Moving Higher

Mortgage loan interest rates dipped to incredible lows, with FHA mortgage rates falling below three percent last week. However, this week mortgage loan interest rates are moving upwards due to multiple factors having to do with bond markets, mortgage-backed securities, etc. What does the average borrower need to know? Last week we discussed the possibility that rates could move higher at any time. That discussion is now playing itself out with FHA mortgage loan interest rates now back above the three percent zone at a reported 3.25% best-scenario rate assuming an ideal borrower with outstanding FICO scores and other financial qualifications. Those who were ready to make an interest rate lock commitment with their lender but instead decided to “float” rather than lock in a mortgage loan interest rate definitely | more...

 
Home loans and your credit scores

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...

 

The Down Payment Requirement For FHA Loans

FHA home loans, much like their conventional counterparts, have a down payment requirement. However, unlike conventional loans, the minimum down payment requirement for FHA mortgages is 3.5% of the adjusted value of the home. This lower down payment requirement is one of the main advantages of the FHA mortgage. The basic amount of the down payment varies with each FHA mortgage since the payment is based on the value of that particular home. Additionally, FHA mortgages require a specific FICO score range (580 or better) for maximum financing. Borrowers with FICO scores between 500 and 579 will be required to put down 10% instead of 3.5%. Additional lender standards may also apply. Calculating the amount of your down payment is only part of the process. FHA borrowers must provide down | more...

 

How Soon Can I Refinance? No-Cash Out FHA Refinancing

Do you have an existing FHA loan and want to know how soon you can refinance it? Are you paying a monthly mortgage payment on a conventional loan and want to refinance into an FHA mortgage? Refinancing can help borrowers get into lower mortgage payments and/or interest rates, but FHA refinance loans are also helpful for getting into a fixed rate loan and out of an adjustable rate. As you can tell from that brief list of refinance options, not all refinance loans are the same. In a previous blog post we discussed the rules for FHA cash-out refinance loans. Now let’s look at how soon you can refinance a mortgage loan with no cash out. The rules for FHA no cash out “rate-and-term” refinancing loans are found in HUD | more...

 

Qualifying For An FHA Cash-Out Refinance Loan

Qualifying for an FHA cash-out refinance loan is much the same as qualifying for an FHA “forward mortgage” or typical new purchase loan. Since this type of refinancing involves money back to the borrower, the lender is required to run a new credit check and the usual credit requirements will apply even for those who are repeat customers for a particular lender. Credit Activity When you are preparing for your FHA cash out refinance loan, you’ll need to observe the same rules about credit that you did when you applied for your original mortgage. That means avoiding new credit card applications and other types of credit leading up to your refi loan paperwork. Why? Every time you apply for new credit, a “hard inquiry” is listed on your credit report. | more...