Mortgages Rates were flat to slightly improved
today. Most lenders improved pricing by
very small amounts while a few were slightly worse than yesterday. On average, rate offerings are in line with
those seen yesterday and on Thursday of last week.
Rates have been in great territory all week with the Best-Execution rate for 30yr Fixed Conventional remaining split between 3.875% and 4.0%. That means that lenders were widely able to
offer 4.0% rates with no closing costs for well-qualified borrowers and some of
the more aggressive lenders can offer 3.875% for ideal
The view that market movements might be subdued this week in
favor of the next continues to bear out. Each time bond markets approach one side of
their recent range, they've found an excuse to head back to the other side.
The recent stability suggests markets remain very interested in the European debt situation, which will get a healthy dose of information tonight in the form of a Spanish 10yr government bond auction. If it's stronger than expected, the level of "risk-tolerance" in markets would improve, causing upwards pressure on domestic interest rates.
But even if the reaction to overnight events causes the biggest rate movements of the week, it likely wouldn't be enough to nudge rates out of their current Best-Execution ranges. We're still of the mind that markets may
be hesitant to move too far in either direction ahead of next week's FOMC
Announcement (The periodic official statement from the Fed).
Today's BEST-EXECUTION Rates
- 30YR FIXED - 3.875%-4.0%
- FHA/VA -3.75%
- 15 YEAR FIXED - 3.125-3.25%
- 5 YEAR ARMS - 2.625-3.25% depending on the lender
Ongoing Lock/Float Considerations
- Rates and costs continue to operate near all time best levels
- We've recently spent time further away from the very best levels of the past few months having broken away from a long, stable trend.
- That led us to expect greater volatility, and indeed we got it!
- But now that volatility MIGHT be depositing us back in a sideways range near all-time lows
- Rates could easily move higher or lower, but given the nearness to all time lows, there's generally more risk than reward regarding floating
- (As always, please keep in mind that our talk of Best-Execution always pertains to a completely ideal scenario. There can be all sorts of reasons that your quoted rate would not be the same as our average rates, and in those cases, assuming you're following along on a day to day basis, simply use the Best-Ex levels we quote as a baseline to track potential movement in your quoted rate).