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October 14, 2010

Home Mortgage Rates Make History

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Just when you though interest rates had fallen to the bottom, home loan rates drop to a level not seen in since 1951. Freddie Mac found the latest drop in the 30-year rate brought it to a level that the FHA home mortgage loan programs have reported lowest FHA rates in almost 60 years.  Most mortgage industry insiders believe that the recent statements of the Federal Reserve signal additional possible downward pressure could be seen. Although Freddie Mac’s survey for 30-year loans started only in 1971, it has FHA data going back to 1948 showing long-term rates have been not only been at survey record lows, but lows that pre-date Freddie Mac’s formation in 1970 by decades.

Home Loan Rates Below 4% Nationwide!

Freddie Mac deputy chief economist Amy Crews Cutts commented that home mortgage rates could decline even further. She informed National Mortgage News that the  Fed officials’ recent indication that they’re open to the idea of purchasing more securities-likely Treasuries-has likely contributed to downward pressure on rates and may continue to.  But she warned that there also is the possibility that Fed officials may not take further action. “Sometimes they can simply say something and then they don’t have to do anything because they’ve gotten the market to move,” she said. If the Fed does buy more securities, it could put downward pressure on rates determined by the extent and speed of home buying factors that had not been discussed or signaled at press time.

During the week ending Oct. 14, the average 30-year mortgage rate fell to 4.19% from 4.27% the previous week and 4.92% a year ago. The 30-year interest rate has been below 5% for 23 weeks in a row. Average points on 30-year home loans, however, are higher than for any other loan product tracked by Freddie Mac except for one-year ARMs-which match it—at 0.8.

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August 11, 2010

California Home Loan Rates Decline

Nationwide reported that San Diego mortgage rates remained at record lows for new home buying and refinancing.   From Oceanside to Chula Vista, San Diego loan applicants continued to see significant home financing opportunities because of the low interest rates that were available locally to qualified borrowers.  Nationwide published a report indicating that 30-year fixed California mortgage rates ranged from 4.32% to 5%.  Southern California home loan rates continue to rescue many homeowners from rising adjustable rates and mortgage payments that many homeowners could no longer afford.

Lenders APR Rates
National Average 4.894% 4.75%
Wells Fargo 4.848% 4.75%
Nationwide Mortgage 4.615% 4.5%

Apparently VA mortgage rates were available at 4.125% for fixed loan terms.  And for those borrowers who were comfortable with an interest rate only fixed for 5 years (5/1 ARM), California FHA loans could be found at 3.75% for qualified loan applicants.

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July 13, 2010

Home Mortgage Rates Continue to Break Records

Who would have thought that home mortgage rates would continue to break record with declining rates across the board?  Of course this is great news for homeowners and perspective home buyers looking to leverage the lowest mortgage rates of the century.

Fannie Mae’s current-coupon thirty-year fixed-rate home loans narrowed 0.03 percentage point to about 0.65 percentage point more than 10-year Treasuries as of 9:33 a.m. in New York, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The gap, which has fallen from 0.82 percentage point on June 30th, touched a low of 0.59 percentage point on March 29th, two days before the Federal Reserve ended its buying of $1.25 trillion of home-loan debt.

Home loan rates may be rising off record lows and bond prepayments reports released July 7th show limited mortgage refinancing, suggesting there will be less supply to meet demand as borrowers move from loans in bonds on the Fed’s balance sheet.  JPMorgan Chase & Co. analyst, Matthew Jozoff wrote in a July 9th report “refinance-driven supply is the fly in the ointment.”

Yields on the Fannie Mae bonds have advanced to 3.73% from a record low of 3.63% reached July 6th, down from 4.67% on April 5th, Bloomberg data show. The gain has been slower than benchmark Treasuries, whose yields have begun rising as stocks rally, damping demand for the safest assets.

Freddie Mac reported that the average interest rate on a conforming thirty-year fixed-rate home loan fell to a record low 4.57% in the week ended July 8th.  That was a decline from this year’s high of 5.21% in April.

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June 15, 2010

Home Refinancing Appealing But Tough to Qualify for

Mortgage refinance rates have dropped almost two percentage points below their housing boom peak and they remain available at record lows.  Freddie Mac reported that mortgage rate average fell to the lowest point in 2010 4.72% plus 0.7 point for a fixed rate home loan on a thirty-year term.  Clearly this is a great time for a home refinance loan, if you can get approved.  Credit, Lack of Equity and Inability to Document Income are the 3 most common reasons that homeowners have not been able to refinance into these record low rates.  A few years ago if you had good credit, you could pretty much qualify for any mortgage, but things have changed dramatically.  Today even people who have 700+ credit scores are finding it difficult to qualify for a conventional or FHA mortgage and it is frustrating millions of borrowers who need to refinance.  To receive the best mortgage refinance rates, you need good credit scores and the ability to document your income.  Stated and no-income verification loans are no longer viable options for home refinance opportunities.   You also need enough home equity to meet the refinance guidelines.  Many California borrowers had sufficient equity a few years ago, but the housing crisis has taken its toll on property values statewide.

The Mortgage Bankers Association released a report recently that outlined borrower problems in its latest report on home refinancing activity, which declined 14% last week after consecutive weeks of increased refinance loan volumes.  The low interest rates and homebuyer tax credit have clearly made a positive impact on the mortgage refinance market in 2010.  However, “despite the record low mortgage rates, many homeowners remain underwater on their home loans.  This means that their mortgage is greater than their property value.  According to MBA’s vice president, Michael Fratantoni, many distressed borrowers have been late on their mortgage payment which significantly damaged their credit and taking them out of contention for mortgage refinancing this year.

Since the pool of qualified borrowers looking to refinance is shrinking many lenders are offering aggressive mortgage specials.  Many reputable mortgage lenders are offering a no point refinance and some are going further with the no cost mortgage that enables borrowers to refinance without coming out of pocket for any lending expenses.  The no cost home loans also help borrowers avoid raising their mortgage balance in an effort to finance the lender fees and closing costs.  According to mortgage marketing executive, Bryan Dornan, “Again qualifying for no cost refinancing is difficult because you need good credit, sufficient income that can be documented and enough equity in your home to qualify for the loan refinance program.”  Dornan continued, “It’s not a motivation factor.  The borrowers who need home refinancing most simply do not qualify under today’s tighter lending guidelines.”

To put it into perspective, interest rates dropped last week, yet refinancing volumes fell.  In most cases, mortgage refinance rates follow the yields of longer-term Treasuries whether they rise or fall.  In recent months it’s been down, as the European debt crisis has led to banks dropping interest rates even further.  The vice president of HSH Associates Keith Gumbinger, “We have not seen mortgage rates lower than this in upwards of 50 years.” Gumbinger believes that the rates will begin trending higher once we get some good news regarding the economy.

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May 20, 2010

Mortgage Refinance Rates Still Fall to Lowest Level in Years

Mortgage rates fell to 2010 lows  but did come under a small amount of upward pressure late in the day as the stock market rallied into the close.   As the prices of mortgage backed securities fell, many mortgage lenders saw pricing get worse, but the higher lending costs that were passed on to borrowers were not big.  Mortgage refinance rates continued to hold at the best levels of 2010.

Reports from competitive mortgage professionals indicate mortgage lender rate sheets to be about the same as yesterday.  The 30 year conventional rate mortgage remains in the 4.75% to 5.00% range for well qualified consumers.  There are still FHA mortgage lenders offering 4.625% as par.  To secure a par interest rate on a conventional mortgage you must have a FICO credit score of 740 or higher, a loan to value at 80% or less and pay all closing costs including an estimated one point home mortgage.

If you are not planning on keeping your house for more than 5 years, you should consider a no cost mortgage.  In many cases, in a no cost refinance, you will be forced to accept a higher mortgage rate which pays the lender enough money that they can afford to pay the closing costs for you.  On a no cost mortgage, you are still paying the costs, just paying them in the form of higher interest charges.   We recommend anticipating that a no cost loan to offer a rate of around 5.375% for a 30 year fixed.

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January 27, 2010

Home Mortgage Rates

The average mortgage rate on a 30-year home loan with fixed rates climbed to 5.02% last week from 5%, MBA said.  The mortgage rate reached 4.61% at the end of March, the lowest since the group’s records began in 1990.  At the current thirty-year mortgage rate, monthly borrowing costs for each $100,000 of a home loan would be $538.04 which is about $12 less than a year ago when the rate was 5.22%.

A report later today may show sales of new homes rose 3% in December to a 366,000 annual rate, according to the median projection in a Bloomberg News survey.   Sales of existing U.S. homes plunged last month, reflecting the expected expiration of the government’s first-time buyer tax credit on November 30th.

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The average rate on a 15-year fixed mortgage rose to 4.34% from 4.33 % a week earlier. The rate on a one-year adjustable mortgage increased to 6.84% last week.   The share of applicants seeking to refinance a loan dropped to 67.6% last week, the lowest level in almost three months, from 71.7% the prior week.

Mortgage lenders continue to see muted demand for financing.   “The residential mortgage and home equity line portfolios also continued their downward trend,” SunTrust Banks Inc. Chief Financial Officer Mark Chancy said on a conference call January 22nd. The Atlanta-based lender said it lost $248.1 million in the fourth quarter as loans soured in the Southeast real estate market.  The Washington-based Mortgage Bankers Association’s loan survey, compiled every week, covers about half of all U.S. retail mortgage loan originations.

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