Mortgage Rates hit NEW Record Low

All-Time Low: 30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage Averages 3.40 Percent

Minneapolis, MN:  Freddie Mac today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing fixed mortgage rates breaking their previous average record lows helping to keep homebuyer affordability high and refinancing strong to support an already improving housing market. All mortgage products, except the 5-year ARM, averaged new all-time record lows.

News Facts

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 3.40 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending September 27, 2012, down from last week when it averaged 3.49 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.01 percent.
  • 15-year fixed rate mortgages this week averaged 2.73 percent with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.77 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.28 percent.
  • 5-year adjustable-rate mortgages (ARM) averaged 2.71 percent this week with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.76 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.02 percent.

Quotes
Attributed to Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist, Freddie Mac.

“Fixed mortgage rates continued to decline this week, largely due to the Federal Reserve’s purchases of mortgage securities, and should support an already improving housing market. For instance, the S&P/Case-Shiller® 20-city home price index rose 1.2 percent over the 12 months ending in July, reflecting the largest annual increase since August 2010. Moreover, 16 of the cities saw positive growth, led by Phoenix’s 16.6 percent gain. Additionally, new home sales in July and August had the strongest two-month pace since March and April 2010.”

Freddie Mac’s survey is the average of loans bought from lenders last week, including discount points. Applicants must pay all closing costs at these rates. No cost loan rates higher.

Follow this link to view today’s MN and WI mortgage interest rates.


You just missed the mortgage interest rate boat… or did you?

Oops – you just missed the mortgage interest rate boat… or did you?

St Paul, MN:  The headlines are screaming… Mortgage interest rates just hit historic lows again for the forth straight weak. The morning talk shows are asking if it is a good time to refinance your home?  So is it a good time to refinance? The answer is probably yes, but let’s find out the truth about interest rates and how they work.

The main item to understand is simple. Mortgage rates go up and down everyday.  Sometimes a lot. Sometimes a little. There are many factors that contribute to rate changes, but a simple one to understand is that negative stock market and negative economic news is good for long-term mortgage interest rates. Good news is bad for rates.

The next big item to understand is all lenders are virtually the same. If one lenders rates do down, so does everyone else. They all underwrite to the same basic guidelines, they have all the same third party fees (appraisal, title company, underwriting, etc), and they all are transferring your file to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA, etc.

Rates Change: I was quoting rates at 3.875% on Monday (10/3/2011) for an under 80% loan-to-value 30-yr fixed loan for someone with over a 740 credit score. By Friday (10/7/2011), the same deal was 4.25%. The bottom dropped out of the bond market during the week, rates went up, and every shopper who got quoted a great deal but asked if I thought rates were going to go lower just got burned.

BE CAREFUL: I just heard hear this morning another report from America’s most misleading rate information site,  Bankrate.com. They just said that interest rates are in the 3’s. Hmmmm….  Really now? Be careful. On what program? With how many points, and how much blood do I have to give?

Each Thursday, Freddie Mac reports interest rates. This information is picked up by all the media and spread across all the TV, radio, and newspaper. This is perhaps the most misleading piece of news that is placed into consumers hands on a regular basis. The full story is usually edited down to Twitter sized chunks, and we only see the blurb…”INTEREST RATES HIT ANOTHER LOW” or “INTEREST RATES REMAIN LOW” and reporting about what that indicator is.

This is LAST WEEK’s news. They are telling you what closed and what was already locked previously. If you want to buy Google stock, does it matter what the average of the stock was last week, or today’s price? If the nationwide average was 4.123% two weeks ago, and the average last week was 4.122% – I guess that does count as “INTEREST RATES WENT DOWN AGAIN“.

As many of you who see the news and call around about rates have found out, that rate is not always available and now you know why.

No lender can offer you yesterday rates today. Nobody can offer you what you were looking for in the beginning: Monday’s rates! Frustration, hassle, pestering, over promising, ignorance, lies, demands, promises, etc all take place and you likely throw your hands in the air and say. FORGET IT! I’ll STAY WHERE I’M AT! You missed the boat!

You didn’t miss the boat. You almost got suckered in today’s over hyped mass media world. The reality is it is almost impossible to pick the day interest rates hit a low. Pretty much dumb luck.  On the other hand, getting a mortgage interest rate that is NEAR the bottom of the market is super easy.

Partner with a professional Loan Officer, and get your mortgage application started!