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Mortgage Rate ReportTuesday, January 23, 2018
Mortgage rates were mixed on the week although they seem to be gradually moving higher in response to the Federal Reserve's decision to raise interest rates in its December meeting. The Fed highlighted continued job growth, declining unemployment, expanding household spending and increasing business investment in its decision to increase the key Federal Funds rate by .250% to 1.250% to 1.500%. From the Fed's perspective, the positive labor and economic indicators outweighed lower than targeted inflation to justify the interest rate hike, which was widely anticipated.
Although mortgage rates surprisingly dropped immediately after the Fed's announcement, the dip was short lived and we have seen rates move moderately higher over the course of January. A string of positive labor market reports combined with the continued strength of the stock market has pushed treasury yields higher, with mortgage rates responding in similar fashion. While mortgage rates continue to be attractive, they have rebounded from their post Fed meeting lows and rates were flat or higher this week, depending on the loan program.
The interest rate for a 30 year fixed rate mortgage held steady at 3.875% and the interest rate for a 15 year mortgage also remained flat at 3.125%. The interest rate on a 5/1 adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) was stable at 3.250%, remaining attractive to borrowers seeking shorter-term mortgage programs. Jumbo mortgage rates also stayed put at 4.000% after increasing last week. On the flip side, non-owner occupied mortgage rates rose 0.125% for the second week in a row to 4.250%. FHA mortgage rates and VA mortgage rates also climbed with FHA rates increasing 0.250% to 3.500% and VA rates rising 0.125% to 3.375%. Although both FHA and VA mortgage rates inched higher, the programs remain appealing to borrowers focused on low or no down payment loan options, especially first-time home buyers.
The Federal Reserve's decision to increase interest rates was anticipated and although mortgage rates dropped briefly they have since followed the Fed's lead and moved higher in January. With the Fed reinforcing its outlook for multiple anticipated interest rate hikes in 2018 and economic momentum continuing to build to start the year, prospective borrowers looking to buy a home or refinance their mortgage may be able to lock in a lower mortgage rate by acting sooner rather than later, before interest rates rise, potentially at an accelerated pace.
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.
What You Should Know About Jumbo Mortgages
The Interest Rate May Be Higher.
Although not always the case, the interest rate for a jumbo mortgage is usually .250% to .625% higher than the interest rate for a conforming loan. Interest rates for jumbo mortgages vary based on loan amount, loan-to-value (LTV) ratio and other factors.
Lenders have more discretion in determining the interest rate and closing costs for jumbo mortgages so borrowers see more variation in interest rates for jumbo loans. Because rates and fees for jumbo mortgages can vary significantly, borrowers should shop lenders to find the mortgage with the most attractive terms. Additionally, because jumbo loans have larger loan amounts, even a small difference in interest rate can save you thousands of dollars in interest expense. FREEandCLEAR recommends that you compare three-to-four proposals before selecting a lender, regardless of mortgage size, but shopping your mortgage business is especially important for jumbo mortgages.
Borrower Qualification Guidelines Can Vary.
Lenders also have more flexibility in setting borrower qualification guidelines for jumbo mortgages. For example, different lenders may have different credit score, debt-to-income ratio and down payment requirements. In addition to shopping for the jumbo mortgage with the lowest rates and fees be sure to understand the lender’s borrower qualification guidelines and underwriting policies.
There are Different Types of Jumbo Loans.
Technically, any mortgage amount above the conforming loan limit set by the government ($453,100 for a single unit residence in the contiguous U.S. or $679,650 for a single unit residence in Alaska or Hawaii) is considered a jumbo mortgage but the government sets higher loan limits in higher cost areas. For example, the loan limit for a single unit residence in a high cost area in the contiguous U.S. can be up to $679,650 and up to $1,019,475 in Alaska or Hawaii. Loan amounts that fall in between $453,100 (or $679,650 in Alaska or Hawaii) and the conforming loan limits for higher cost areas are called conforming jumbo, super conforming or agency jumbo mortgages and may have slightly higher interest rates than conforming loans. Loan amounts above the conforming loan limit for a county are called non-conforming jumbo mortgages or jumbo mortgages for short. The important point to note is the the interest rate and borrower qualification guidelines are typically different for jumbo mortgages.
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Use our Conforming Mortgage Limit Calculator to determine the jumbo loan limit for your county. Mortgage amounts above the conforming loan limit are non-conforming jumbo loans
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