The Best Execution conventional 30-year fixed mortgage rate rose today.

UPDATED CURRENT MARKET: The "Best Execution" conventional 30-year fixed mortgage rate is now 5.00%.  For those looking to buy down their rate to 4.875%, this quote carries higher closing costs but the permanent buydown fee is not overly expensive. The upfront cost of permanently buying down your rate  to 4.875% is worth it to applicants who plan to hold their new mortgage for longer than the next 5 years.  Ask your loan officer to run a breakeven analysis on any origination points they might require to cover permanent float down fees. On FHA/VA 30 year fixed "Best Execution" is still 4.75%. 15 year fixed conventional loans are best priced at 4.25%. Five year ARMS are  best priced at 3.625%.

PREVIOUS GUIDANCE:   If your lock/float decision is more immediate, it's a great time to be locking.  Long-termers have a bit more thinking to do and more importantly, must decide how much they would sacrifice in cost/rate before locking at a loss.   Remember: 4.875% is as good as it's gonna get unless you have the cash on hand to permanently buydown your mortgage rate to 4.75%

: Rates rose today.  The Employment Situation Report is tomorrow. It's a high risk event for mortgage rates.  Borrowing costs could move higher another 0.25% immediately.  READ MORE ABOUT THE BOND MARKET'S BIAS

What MUST be considered BEFORE one thinks about capitalizing on a rates recovery?

   1. WHAT DO YOU NEED? Rates might not recover as much as you want/need.
   2. WHEN DO YOU NEED IT BY? Rates might not recover as fast as you want/need.
   3. HOW DO YOU HANDLE STRESS? Are you ready for MORE VOLATILITY in the secondary mortgage market?

"Best Execution" is the most efficient combination of note rate offered and points paid at closing. This note rate is determined based on the time it takes to recover the points you paid at closing (discount) vs. the monthly savings of permanently buying down your mortgage rate by 0.125%.  When deciding on whether or not to pay points, the borrower must have an idea of how long they intend to keep their mortgage. For more info, ask you originator to explain the findings of their "breakeven analysis" on your permanent rate buydown costs.

Important Mortgage Rate Disclaimer: The "Best Execution" loan pricing quotes shared above are generally seen as the more aggressive side of the primary mortgage market. Loan originators will only be able to offer these rates on conforming loan amounts to very well-qualified borrowers who have a middle FICO score over 740 and enough equity in their home to qualify for a refinance or a large enough savings to cover their down payment and closing costs. If the terms of your loan trigger any risk-based loan level pricing adjustments (LLPAs), your rate quote will be higher. If you do not fall into the "perfect borrower" category, make sure you ask your loan originator for an explanation of the characteristics that make your loan more expensive. "No point" loan doesn't mean "no cost" loan. The best 30 year fixed conventional/FHA/VA mortgage rates still include closing costs such as: third party fees + title charges + transfer and recording. Don't forget the intense fiscal frisking that comes along with the underwriting process