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Mortgage Rate ReportSaturday, June 23, 2018
Mortgage rates dipped slightly this week after rising in response to the Federal Reserve's decision to raise interest rates at its June meeting last week. In its statement, the Fed pointed to a robust labor market, improving household spending, sustained business investment and accelerating inflation to support a 0.250% increase in the target Fed Funds rate to 1.750% to 2.000%. The Fed's removal of measured language from its statement as well as highly positive comments on the economy by Fed Chair Jerome Powell also improved the probability of two more increases rate moves this year and in 2019 as well.
Although June's quarter point rate surprised few, there were mixed opinions prior to the meeting over the number of increases to expect for the remainder of 2018, with moderate wage growth, lower than targeted inflation and potential international trade wars providing rationale for the Fed to pause or slow future rate hikes. Following meeting, however, there is greater certainty regarding the Fed's apporach for the second half of 2018.
While the increase in interest rates and the Fed's more hawkish outlook drove mortgage rates higher across the board last week, in good news for borrowers, we saw rates pullback for several programs this week. It appears that by effectively telegraphing its intentions, the Fed brought increased stability to the mortgage market, which positively impacted rates for certain programs.
The mortgage rate for a 30 year fixed rate loan slid 0.125% higher to 4.375% while the rate for a 15 year fixed rate mortgage remained at 3.875%. The interest rate on a 5/1 adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) was also steady at 3.875%. FHA mortgage rates stayed put at 3.875%, matching VA mortgage rates which held at 3.875%, with both programs remaining attractive to borrowers focused on low or no down payment programs, especially first time home buyers. Jumbo mortgage rates were stable 4.500% while non-owner occupied mortgage rates moved 0.125% lower to 4.625%.
Although the Fed's move to raise rates was widely expected, the mortgage market reaction to the news was better than expected. Rates increased less than expected initially and dropped slightly this week. We have seen rates gradually move higher this year in response to the Fed's forecast and expectations for future rate hikes were reinforced this week. While interest rates are impossible to predict, prospective borrowers looking to buy a home or refinance their mortgage may be able to lock in a lower rate by acting sooner rather than later. As lenders react differently to shifting market conditions, we have also seen the variation in mortgage rate pricing grow recently, which means borrowers benefit more by shopping multiple lenders.
Because rates fluctuate constantly, we continue to actively monitor the market for new developments. Borrowers should check the FREEandCLEAR mortgage rate tables regularly to review personalized, updated mortgage rates for lenders in their area. Our rate tables are free to use and require no personal information.
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Personalize your mortgage search by selecting numerous options in the "Refine Your Search" menu including your location, loan amount, mortgage program and credit score. Understand the difference in mortgage rates between a 15 and 30 year loan. Select the boxes for FHA and VA loans to review rates and fees for these no or low down payment mortgage programs. The lender table provides updated, real-time mortgage rates in response to each selection you make. Plus, our rate tables are free to use so borrowers can run numerous scenarios to evaluate their personalized mortgage options.
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Use our lender tables to compare current mortgage rates and fees for multiple lenders. Our tables put you in control by enabling you to review rates without providing any personal information. The rate tables also enable you to understand how your estimated monthly mortgage payment changes depending on the interest rate. The APR (Annual Percentage Rate), highlighted in blue, enables borrowers to more easily compare interest rates and fees using a single figure. You can also use our Mortgage Comparison Calculator to compare mortgages with different interest rates and fees to select the loan that is right for you.
Contact Multiple Lenders.
Just like with any other major purchase, you should shop mortgage lenders to find the best offer. Contacting multiple lenders takes a little more time but can save you thousands of dollars. For example, on a $300,000 mortgage, lowering your mortgage rate by .125% saves you almost $8,000 in interest. FREEandCLEAR recommends that you contact four-to-five lenders to find the mortgage with the most attractive terms and our rate tables make the process easy. Simply click on a lender logo or green arrow to be directed to the lender’s web site. You can also use our Personalized Mortgage Quote form to receive personalized loan quotes from multiple lenders.
Select Your Lender.
When you contact lenders request that they provide you a written quote or a Loan Estimate that outlines the key terms of their mortgage proposal including mortgage rate and closing costs. Lenders will ask you some questions regarding your financial profile so that they can confirm the details of their proposal and possibly even pre-approve you for your mortgage. Please note that lenders should not charge you to provide a mortgage proposal. When speaking with lenders request that they not pull your credit report (so your credit score is not negatively impacted), ask them the right questions and make sure they have the relevant experience to close your mortgage. Narrow your options down to a handful of lenders and negotiate the best terms possible. Comparing mortgage proposals, asking the right questions and doing a little negotiating will help ensure that you select the lender that best meets your goals.
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