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Mortgage Rate ReportTuesday, October 24, 2017
Mortgage rates continue to resist gravity as well as the Federal Reserve's actions and remained stable for another week. Although the Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged at its September meeting, its move to start trimming its balance sheet by selling U.S. treasuries and mortgage-backed securities as well as its signaling of a rate hike before the end of the year pushed mortgage rates moderately higher across the board in mid-September. Following this initial uptick, however, mortgage rates have been relatively steady for over a month. Mortgage rate stability continued this week despite the Federal Reserve releasing the minutes from its September meeting last week that all but guaranteed an interest rate hike before the end of the year.
In its September statement, the Fed highlighted labor market strength, improving household spending and growing business investment as offsets to moderate inflation in deciding to keep the federal funds rate unchanged. Although the Fed kept the federal funds rate steady at 1.000% to 1.250%, the decision to start its previously announced balance sheet shrinking program in October moved treasury yields higher and mortgage rates followed suit, with most programs experiencing a 0.125% increase in rates.
The minutes from the September meeting, released last week, show that Fed members continue to debate the impact of low inflation on the economy as well as the projected trajectory of inflation in the future. While some Fed board members pointed to low inflation as a reason to leave rates unchanged, others focused on projected inflation growth and multiple positive economic factors to support a near term interest rate hike. The more aggressive perspective seems to have won the debate and we are poised for the Fed to raise rates in December, as many industry analysts have predicted.
Fortunately for borrowers, mortgage rates have been relatively unresponsive to the Fed's intentions and were steady for another week. The interest rate for a 30 year fixed rate mortgage remained unchanged at 3.750% while the interest rate for a 15 year mortgage held at 3.000%. The interest rate on a 5/1 adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) stayed put at 3.000%, remaining attractive to borrowers seeking shorter-term mortgage programs willing to take on the risk of an ARM. FHA mortgage rates were flat at 3.250%, matching VA mortgage rates which also remained at 3.250%, with both programs appealing to home buyers focused on low or no down payment loan options. Keeping with the broader market trend, non-owner occupied mortgage rates remained at 4.000%. Bucking the trend in a positive direction, jumbo mortgage rates dipped 0.125% to 3.750%.
Although the Fed did not change rates, its economic outlook or forecast for future rate hikes in its September meeting, its actions and signals increased market uncertainty which usually leads to higher mortgage rates. Four weeks of relatively stable mortgage rates have returned a sense of calm to the mortgage market and interest rates remain near historical lows. With the Fed meeting minutes reinforcing the expectation for a rate hike expected before year end as well as three more anticipated hikes in 2018, prospective borrowers looking to buy a home or refinance their mortgage may be able to lock in a lower interest rate by acting sooner rather than later, before mortgage rates rise again, potentially at an accelerated pace.
Because mortgage rates change daily, we continue to actively monitor the mortgage market for changes. 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 ($424,100 for a single unit residence in the contiguous U.S. or $636,150 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 $636,150 and up to $954,225 in Alaska or Hawaii. Loan amounts that fall in between $424,100 (or $636,150 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 notes is the the interest rate and borrower qualification guidelines are typically different for jumbo mortgages.
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More FREEandCLEAR Mortgage Resources
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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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