Mortgage Rates Get 2nd Chance After Holding Ground

Interest Rates

More optimism surrounding the
European Debt risis and more tough times for Mortgage Rates.   Unlike yesterday’s
rather abrupt rise in rates versus Friday, rates held relatively steady today,
with no change to Best-Execution, despite weaker bond markets.

As a bit of an ongoing public
service to those who might be in disbelief, and if you didn’t see it yesterday:
rates are significantly higher than last week. 
If you’re
seeing local or national news talking about rates in the “high 3’s,
that info is already out-dated
as Best-Execution rates are now solidly
back in the 4’s.  

Today’s Rates: 

  • BESTEXECUTION 30YR FIXED –   4.25%, variation between lenders
  • FHA/VA
    3.875%.  Lots of variation between lenders.
    –  3.5%
  • 5 YEAR ARMS –  low
    to mid 3% range, variations from lender to lender.

Ongoing Guidance At 4.25%
Best-Execution Levels:
you can
approach the upcoming days in one of two ways: either rates will continue
higher, and the general range of rates would be 4.25-4.75% in terms of
Best-Execution, OR we’ve hit a wall of sorts, and can either bounce lower or
hold steady.  The more days you wait to determine this, the more money
you’ll lose if the first scenario plays out and the more you’d gain if the
second scenario plays out.  If rates don’t look like they’re holding
steady or improving by the end of this week, we’d be locking everything (and
fairly close to that sentiment already, but feel it’s at least one day too soon
to say for sure).

New Guidance: Make that 2 days too soon.  It’s really tempting to let the weakness in
the market push us into a panicked lock. 
But the best time for that would have been during the weakness that
began last week where you still would have saved some money relative to where
things are today.  Now that
Best-Execution is at 4.25%, we’re very close to that next bucket higher in
rates, so there’s not as much to lose between here and that next solid lock
indication.  It really looked like we
were going to get it based on today’s opening market levels, but Best-Ex
remained intact, so the guidance about waiting to see if 4.25 looks like it can
hold steady or improve by the end of the week gets at least one more day to
play out tomorrow. Still on this spectrum for now…  Just be aware, the guidance will be to lock at a loss if rates move higher.  Don’t float unless you’re OK with that risk.


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