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Mortgage Rate ReportSunday, April 30, 2017
After holding steady for the past two weeks, mortgage rates inched higher on the week although rates remain highly attractive for borrowers. Despite the Fed's decision to raise interest rates in March and its more hawkish forecast for 2017, mortgage rates had actually dropped significantly since the Fed's announcement and hit their low point for the year last week before moving slightly higher.
Mortgage rates jumped .250% to .375% in advance of the Federal Reserve's meeting as most lenders factored the rate hike into their mortgage rate pricing before the Fed's official announcement. In the weeks following the Fed's decision, the mortgage market settled down with mortgage rates falling .375% to .500% across all mortgage programs. Enhanced clarity into the Fed's decision-making process and a rebound in the bond market amidst global geopolitical uncertainty helped push mortgage rates lower and stabilized the market after after weeks of turbulence.
Mortgage rates climbed moderately on the week with the interest rate for a 30 year fixed rate mortgage up .125% to 3.875% while the interest rate for a 15 year mortgage moved to 3.000%. The interest rate on a 5/1 adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) also increased .125% to 2.875%. VA and FHA mortgage rates also moved higher but continue to be highly appealing for home buyers seeking low down payment options with FHA and VA mortgage rates both sitting at an attractive 3.375%. Non-owner occupied mortgage rates were not exempt from the market's gravity and rose .125% to 4.125%. Jumbo mortgage rates bucked the trend for the week and remained at 3.875%, consistent with the interest rate for a conforming 30 year fixed rate loan.
After touching their low for the year, mortgage rates moved higher but remain relatively stable this week despite signs of growing economic momentum that appear to be influencing the Federal Reserve's decision making. The positive domestic economic news has recently been offset by increasing global turmoil which pushed bond prices higher while moving mortgage rates lower. Positive signs from the housing market over the past week, however, may have provided the catalyst for the increase in rates.
Although the past several weeks prove that interest rates are impossible to predict, the Fed’s decision to raise the federal funds rate and its more aggressive forecast signal that mortgage rates are likely to rise over the course of 2017, potentially at an increased pace. Prospective borrowers looking to buy a home or refinance may be able to lock in a lower interest rate by acting sooner rather than later, before mortgage rates go up again.
Because interest rates are unpredictable we continue to actively monitor the mortgage marketplace 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.
Reasons to Refinance Your Mortgage
Lower Your Interest Rate.
As a rule of thumb, if you are refinancing, your new interest rate should be at least .75% lower than your existing interest rate to justify the refinance closing costs (if any). Additionally, your lower monthly mortgage payment should enable you to recover your mortgage closing costs, or breakeven, within two and a half years.
Reduce Your Mortgage Term.
Shortening your mortgage term when you refinance allows you to lower your mortgage rate. For example, the interest rate on a 15 year mortgage is typically .5% - 1.0% less than the interest rate on a 30 year mortgage. A mortgage with a shorter term and lower interest rate results in significantly less total interest expense over the course of the mortgage. For example, a $250,000 15 year mortgage with a 2.750% interest rate saves a borrower approximately $100,000 in total interest expense as compared to a 30 year mortgage with a 3.500% interest rate.
Change Your Mortgage Program.
Refinancing your mortgage also enables you to change your mortgage program. For example, borrowers with an adjustable rate mortgage or interest only mortgage may refinance into a fixed rate mortgage if they are concerned interest rates will increase in the future. Alternatively, borrowers could decide to refinance a fixed rate mortgage into an adjustable rate mortgage to lower their current interest rate or if they believe interest rates will decline in the future.
Take Cash Out of Your Home.
Borrowers can use a cash-out refinance to access the equity in their homes. With a cash-out refinance your new mortgage amount is greater than your current mortgage balance and you keep the difference, less any closing costs, when the refinance closes. Borrowers can use the proceeds from a cash-out refinance for a multitude of purposes including to pay for a remodeling project or college tuition.
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