Mortgage Rates: Rally Resumes

Interest Rates

After taking a brief breather early in the week, home loan borrowing costs have resumed their rally. With today’s loan pricing improvements, conventional 30-year fixed mortgage rates are teetering on another shift lower in  “Best Execution”.

CURRENT MARKET: The “Best
Execution” conventional 30-year fixed mortgage rate is 4.50%. Aggressive 4.375% quotes have been reported but may involve increased closing costs in the form of origination fees.  This could be worth it
to applicants who
plan to keep their new mortgage outstanding for long enough to breakeven
on the
extra upfront costs.  On FHA/VA 30 year fixed “Best Execution”  is 4.25%. 
15 year fixed conventional loans are best priced at 3.75%. Five
year ARMs are best priced at 3.125% but the ARM market is more
stratified and
there is more variation in what will be “Best-Execution” depending on
your individual scenario. 

GUIDANCE:   With  “The Wall” now torn down a path has
been paved for mortgage rates to continue on the path toward more
improvements. An extended rally
will not come without setbacks though. Short-term corrections are to be
expected along the way.  That means borrowers working on a shorter
lock/float timeline should remain defensive.
Your main goal is to
protect new, lower rate quotes from short-term market fluctuations.  The overall bullish
trend is still very much in tact though.  Intermediate to longer-term scenarios
are more than justified in floating.

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
want/need.
   2. WHEN DO YOU NEED IT BY? Rates might ot rally as fast as you
want/need.
   3. HOW DO YOU HANDLE STRESS? Are you ready to make tough
decisions?

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“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 30
year 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.

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