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Mortgage Rate ReportWednesday, April 25, 2018
Mortgage rates moved mostly higher on the week although there were also some positive signs as the market continued to respond to the Fed's increasingly hawkish stance on rates. In its March meeting, the Fed pointed to strong job growth, record low unemployment, an improving economic outlook and an expected boost in near-term inflation to justify its decision to raise the Federal Funds rate 0.250% to 1.500% to 1.750%.
The minutes from the March meeting also shed more light on the Fed's more aggressive outlook on rates. Fed members were unanimous in their forecast for higher inflation, accelerating GDP growth and additional interest rate increases in the future. The Fed meeting minutes highlighted the 2017 tax cuts and recently passed budget as potential economic catalysts, which is code for sources of inflation, while also recognizing the the negative effects of a possible trade war. In sum, the meeting minutes reinforced the Federal Reserve's aggressive forecast for interest rates with the market anticipating two more rate hikes in 2018 and four rate increases in 2019.
Mortgage rates were mixed in response to the meeting minutes as relatively little new information was released. Most lenders had already factored the Fed's March rate hike into their mortgage rate pricing and the expected number of future rate hikes remained unchanged despite the Fed's bullish tone. Over the past week, however, mortgage rates increased moderately as fears of a trade war receded and more positive economic news hit the market, although the news was not all negative for borrowers.
The interest rate for a 30 year fixed rate mortgage increased 0.125% to 4.375% while the interest rate for a 15 year mortgage climbed 0.125% to 3.875%. The interest rate on a 5/1 adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) also moved 0.250% higher to 3.875% as short term mortgage products became more expensive. In more positive news, FHA mortgage rates and VA mortgage rates were flat at 3.875%, with both programs appealing to borrowers focused on low or no down payment options, especially first-time home buyers. Jumbo mortgage rates were also steady at 4.375% while non-owner occupied mortgage rates remained at 4.625%.
The Federal Reserve's decision to increase interest rates in March was widely anticipated and its meeting minutes only made its long-term outlook more clear. Although there was a bit of a a delay, we are now seeing mortgage rates gradually move higher in response to the Fed. With the Fed reinforcing its forecast for multiple rate hikes in 2018 and 2019 (up to six!), prospective borrowers looking to buy a home or refinance their mortgage may be able to lock in a lower mortgage rate by acting now. While interest rates are challenging to forecast, the Fed's latest statement and meeting minutes underscore how higher inflation could yield more aggressive action on interest rates.
Because mortgage rates fluctuate daily, we continue to actively monitor the mortgage market for updates. Borrowers should check the FREEandCLEAR mortgage rate tables regularly to review customized, updated mortgage rates for lenders in their area. Our rate tables are free to use and require no personal information.
Why Select a Home Equity Loan or HELOC
Only Access the Amount of Money You Need.
A home equity loan or HELOC enables you to access the specific amount of money you need as compared to a full refinance of your mortgage. A smaller loan amount means that your monthly payment and total interest expense over the life of the loan are lower with a home equity loan or HELOC.
Flexible Financing Option.
Most lenders impose relatively few limits on how borrowers use the proceeds from a home equity loan or HELOC. You can use the money from a home equity loan or HELOC for any number of reasons including to pay-off expensive credit card debt, for home improvements or even school tuition. Although most lenders want to understand how you plan on using your loan proceeds, a home equity loan or HELOC provides you significant flexibility on how you use the equity in your home.
Less Expensive and More Efficient than a Refinance.
A home equity loan or HELOC are less costly and time-consuming compared to alternate ways of tapping the equity in your home including a cash-out refinance. Transaction expenses and fees for a home equity loan or HELOC are typically less than the closing costs to refinance your mortgage because the loan amount is smaller. Additionally, the application and closing process for a home equity loan or HELOC are shorter than the time frame for a refinance.
Increased Borrowing Capacity.
Lenders typically apply a higher borrower debt-to-income ratio for a home equity loan or HELOC than for a mortgage, which potentially enables you to borrower more money. For example, depending on multiple factors, the maximum debt-to-income ratio for a mortgage is typically 45% to 50% while the maximum debt-to-income ratio for a home equity loan or HELOC is usually 55% or possibly higher under certain circumstances. Using a higher debt-to-income ratio enables you to borrow more money. With a home equity loan or HELOC, to determine what size loan you qualify for lenders primarily focus on the value of your home and the combined loan-to-value (CLTV) ratio of your first mortgage plus your home equity loan or HELOC.
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