Mortgage Rates: Quiet Day Leaves Lifetime Lows Intact

Interest Rates

Despite a volatile back-drop, mortgage rates
continue to hover near all-time lows.

Monday’s offerings are little
changed from Friday (in some cases, not at all), with BestExecution Mortgage
Rates remaining at the same levels and only minor differences seen in Home Loan
Borrowing Costs.  Given the chart we
posted on Friday, you can see why we say that it continues to be a fantastic
time to refinance.   Take a look at
Friday’s chart HERE.

CURRENT MARKET*: The Best Execution 30-year fixed mortgage
rate is 4.125%.  Several lenders are willing to offer 4.000% and even
3.875% is possible for those interested in buying down their rate. 4.250% is
widely-available. On FHA/VA 30 year fixed Best Execution is
4.000%, but 3.875% and even 3.750% are available with additional closing
costs.  15 year fixed conventional loans are best priced at 3.625% but
we’re seeing aggressive quotes as low as 3.375%. Five year ARMs are still best
priced at 3.25. ARMs seem to have bottomed out. 

GUIDANCE: If you missed the boat on record low mortgage rates last
November/October, the opportunity is still out there for the taking. And we
think you should jump on it as soon as possible. The risks involved in floating
have greatly expanded to include (1) lenders taking it upon themselves to
negatively adjust rate sheets (to slow loan production) and (2) interest rates
finding a bottom and moving higher on their own.   The frustration of
missing out on “high 3’s” and instead getting “low 4’s”
seems nowhere near as bad as the frustration of missing out on a refi
opportunity (moving from 5% to 4.25% for instance) altogether.

Roadmap: A Locked Rate Isn’t a Closed Loan
— must read


*Best Execution is the most cost efficient combination of note
rate offered and points paid at closing. This note rate is determined based on
the time it takes to recover the points you paid at closing (discount) vs. the
monthly savings of permanently buying down your mortgage rate by
0.125%. When deciding on whether or not to pay points, the borrower must
have an idea of how long they intend to keep their mortgage. For more info, ask
you originator to explain the findings of their “breakeven analysis”
on your permanent rate buy down costs.

*Important Mortgage Rate Disclaimer: The Best Execution loan pricing
quotes shared above are generally seen as the more aggressive side of the
primary mortgage market. Loan originators will only be able to offer these
rates on conforming loan amounts to very well-qualified borrowers who have a
middle FICO score over 740 and enough equity in their home to qualify for a
refinance or a large enough savings to cover their down payment and closing
costs. If the terms of your loan trigger any risk-based loan level pricing
adjustments (LLPAs), your rate quote will be higher. If you do not fall into
the “perfect borrower” category, make sure you ask your loan
originator for an explanation of the characteristics that make your loan more
expensive.”No point” loan doesn’t mean “no cost” loan. The
best 30year fixed conventional/FHA/VA mortgage rates still include closing costs
such as: third party fees + title charges + transfer and recording. Don’t
forget the fiscal frisking that comes along with the underwriting process

CAUTION: MND guidance is speculative in nature. We don’t have a
crystal ball, we can’t predict the future, we can only share our outlook.
Making the following considerations extra important……………………

What MUST be considered BEFORE one thinks about capitalizing on a rates rally?

   1. WHAT DO YOU NEED? Rates might not rally as much as you
   2. WHEN DO YOU NEED IT BY? Rates might not rally as fast as you
   3. HOW DO YOU HANDLE STRESS? Are you ready to make tough


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