Mortgage Rates: Prolonged Availability of All-Time Lows


Although BestExecution  Mortgage
didn’t improve today, there were generally some very slight improvements in the costs involved in obtaining those
rates.  This prolongs an already impressively long stint near all-time mortgage rate lows.

It also prolongs the phenomenon for rate-watchers where there’s opportunity
for rates to move down an eighth of a point or so offset by the risk that
economic data or news headlines will cause market volatility sufficient to send
rates higher. 

CURRENT MARKET*: The BestExecution 30-year fixed mortgage rate
is now solidly at 4.125%. Several lenders are willing to offer lower
, but in most cases, those quotes carry additional closing costs.
 On FHA/VA 30 year fixed BestExecution  is straddling  3.875%
and 3.75%. 
Deals can be structured with lower rates, but again,
you’ll pay more for those, so make sure you assess the time it takes to
break-even on the extra expense.  15 year fixed conventional loans are
best priced at 3.375%. Five year ARMs are best priced at 3.125%.

A note on the greater-than-normal variation in rate offerings between
lenders.  There is an increased amount of variety in what individual
lenders are now quoting as their BestExecution rates.  This is a
factor of price volatility in the secondary mortgage
 Unfortunately when volatility picks up in the secondary
mortgage market, the cost of doing business gets more expensive for lenders
(hedging costs go up). Those added costs are usually passed down to consumers
via extra margin in rate sheets.  Additionally, the recent rates rally
makes lenders busy enough that some control their inbound volume by raising
rates regardless of the secondary mortgage market in order to discourage new

GUIDANCE (unchanged): BestExecution rates haven’t changed, but we’re
close to a changing of the guard from 4.125 down to 4.0.  If you’re
aggressively pursuing that extra eighth of a percent of improvement in rate,
and don’t mind paying extra closing costs if the market moves against you, this
is one of those rare occasions were we’re close enough to moving lower in
BestExecution and far enough away from moving higher than a short term float could
work.  We’d caution that much of the current strength in bond markets is
due to uncertainty in Europe and the headlines that can change that outlook DO
NOT adhere to a schedule.  In other words, things can change
rapidly.  As a general rule, when 4.125% and 4.0% are the two best
candidates for a BestExecution rate, we favor locking due to the nearness to
all-time lows.

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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 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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