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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.
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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