Home loan borrowing costs improved slightly today but remain well within the recent range.

CURRENT MARKET: The "Best Execution" conventional 30-year fixed mortgage rate is still in a state of flux between 4.75% and 4.625%. Some lenders are already quoting C30 loans at 4.625% with no origination points.  If you are looking to move down from there or merely between the two, you'll be assessing the trade-offs between higher closing costs and lower monthly payments.  This could be worth it to applicants who plan to keep their new mortgage outstanding for long enough to breakeven on the extra upfront costs.  On FHA/VA 30 year fixed "Best Execution" is also a moving target roughly centered on 4.375% with adjacent rates being logical in some scenarios. 4.50% is a no-brainer for everyone on FHA 30yr loans though.  15 year fixed conventional loans are best priced at 3.875%. Five year ARMs are best priced at 3.25% but the ARM market is more stratified and there is more variation in what will be "Best-Execution" depending on your individual scenario. 

PREVIOUS GUIDANCE:  While we continue to see a longer term rally as a possibility, we're wary of short term pull-backs for shorter term or otherwise more constrained scenarios despite the strong showing made by bond markets in the second half of today's trading session.  As we've said in the past, if you're seeing the lower of the two Best-Ex quotes mentioned in the Current Market section, the goal is to KEEP that rate rather than floating for the possibility of slightly lower closing costs.

CURRENT GUIDANCE: We really didn't get much by way of new guidance today, having landed very much within the boundaries we travelled this week.  One thing is clear though, underlying bond markets have yet to break through strong technical resistance, and until/unless they do, we remain wary of a potential short term pull-back.  Certainly, if you are being quoted a below "Current Market" Best-Ex rate, your goal should be keeping it.  Floating remains an option for longer term rate watchers and even short-term scenarios where lenders are quoting an above "Current Market" Best-Ex rate as you'll likely to have an opportunity to lock at that rate even if the market moves against you next week.  Reason being: it wouldn't take a big move in the secondary market to see quotes fall another 0.125%.

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

   1. WHAT DO YOU NEED? Rates might not rally as much as you want/need.
   2. WHEN DO YOU NEED IT BY? Rates might not rally as fast as you want/need.
   3. HOW DO YOU HANDLE STRESS? Are you ready to make tough decisions?


*"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 buy down 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 fiscal frisking that comes along with the underwriting process.