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Mortgage and Refinance Charges As we speak April 9, 2021

Today's mortgage and refinance rates

Average mortgage rates fell yesterday, extending the period since our last rise. That was March 30th.

Unfortunately, the first thing it looked like was that we might see the end of this fall. And Mortgage rates could go up slightly today.

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Current mortgage and refinancing rates

program
Mortgage rates
APR *
change

Conventional set for 30 years
3.118%.
3.123%.
-0.01%

Conventional 15 years fixed
2,375%.
2,493%.
-0.03%

Conventional set for 20 years
2.875%.
2.967%.
Unchanged

Conventional 10 years fixed
1.958%.
2.168%.
-0.02%

Fixed FTA for 30 years
2.88%.
3,542%.
-0.02%

Fixed FTA for 15 years
2,672%.
3,257%.
-0.01%

5 years ARM FHA
2.5%.
3,201%.
Unchanged

30 years permanent VA
2,492%.
2,666%.
-0.01%

15 years fixed VA
2.25%.
2.571%.
-0.09%

5 years ARM VA
2.5%.
2,379%.
Unchanged

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COVID-19 Mortgage Updates: Mortgage lenders are changing interest rates and rules due to COVID-19. For the latest information on how coronavirus is affecting your home loan, click here.

Should You Lock A Mortgage Rate Today?

Yesterday, Freddie Mac announced the first drop in its weekly 30-year fixed rate mortgage average in seven weeks. And Mortgage News Daily said, "You'd have to go back almost a month to March 12th to see something definitely lower …"

So why do I recommend everyone lock their prices? Read on for the answer.

However, my personal recommendations for tariff blocking remain for the time being:

LOCK when you approach 7th DaysLOCK when you approach fifteen DaysLOCK when you approach 30th DaysLOCK when you approach 45 DaysLOCK when you approach 60 Days

But I am not saying that I am completely forward-looking. And your personal analysis could turn out to be as good as mine – or better. So you can be guided by your instincts and your personal risk tolerance.

Market Data Affecting Mortgage Rates Today

Here's a snapshot of the current status this morning at 9:50 a.m. (ET). The dates, compared to about the same time yesterday, were:

The Return on 10 year treasury increased from 1.63% to 1.67% (Bad for mortgage rates.) More than any other market, mortgage rates usually tend to follow these particular government bond yields, albeit more recentlyImportant stock indices were mostly higher when opened. (Bad for mortgage rates.Often times, when investors buy stocks, they sell bonds, which lowers the prices of those bonds and increases yields and mortgage rates. The opposite happens when the indices are lowerOil prices increased from $ 59.21 per barrel to $ 59.42. ((Neutral for mortgage rates *.Energy prices play a huge role in creating inflation and also indicate future economic activity.) Gold prices decreased from $ 1,756 per ounce to $ 1,737. ((Neutral for mortgage rates*.) In general, it is better for interest rates when gold rises and worse for interest rates when gold falls. Gold tends to rise when investors worry about the economy. And worried investors tend to cut ratesCNN Business Fear & Greed Index – Decreased from 62 from 100 to 55. (Good for mortgage rates.) "Greedy" investors push bond prices down (and interest rates up) when they exit the bond market and invest in stocks, while "fearful" investors do the opposite. So lower readings are better than higher ones

* A change of less than $ 20 in gold prices or 40 cents in oil prices is a fraction of 1%. Hence, we count significant differences in mortgage rates only as good or bad.

Reservations about markets and prices

Before the pandemic and the Federal Reserve's intervention in the mortgage market, you could look at the numbers above and make a pretty good guess as to what would happen to mortgage rates that day. However, this is no longer the case. We still use the phone every day. And are usually right. However, our record for accuracy will not reach its former high level until things settle down.

Use markets only as a rough guide. Because they have to be exceptionally strong or weak to be relied on. But with this restriction so far Mortgage rates are likely to rise slightly today. Note, however, that intraday fluctuations (when prices change direction during the day) are a common feature these days.

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Important information about today's mortgage rates

Here are some things you need to know:

Typically, mortgage rates go up when the economy is doing well and go down when they are in trouble. There are exceptions, however. Reading & # 39;How are mortgage rates determined and why should you care?"
Only top-notch borrowers (with great credit scores, high down payments, and very healthy finances) will get the ultra-low mortgage rates you see advertised
Lenders vary. Yours may or may not follow the crowd when it comes to daily interest rate movements – though they all usually follow the broader trend over time
When the daily rate changes are small, some lenders adjust closing costs and leave their rate cards the same
The refinancing rates are usually close to those for purchases. However, some types of refinancing are higher after a regulatory change

So there is a lot going on here. And no one can claim to know for sure what will happen to mortgage rates in the coming hours, days, weeks, or months.

Are mortgage and refinancing rates rising or falling?

today and so on

Before that, I asked the question, "So why do I recommend that everyone lock their tariffs?" There are two reasons:

I remain convinced that we are currently experiencing a lull in an uptrend that will return relatively soon. I have no idea when this resumption will happen. If I thought it was going to be within a week or two, I'd recommend people hover by then

But nobody can predict that. And I worry that if the uptrend resumes, the upward move might be sharp (assuming I'm right about that).

Why am I so confident that this is more of a lull than a trend reversal? Because almost all economists forecast extraordinary economic growth for this year. In fact, the Federal Reserve expects the growth to be the highest since Ronald Reagan occupied the Oval Office. In other words, 2021 will be a boom year.

And booming economies practically bring ever higher interest rates, including mortgage rates.

Of course, it is always possible that the economic recovery derails. A vaccine-resistant variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, may emerge. Or some fear that the stock market could collapse. There are different risk factors. But they all seem a lot less likely than the arrival of the boom, pretty much as expected.

For more background on how I continue to think, check out our latest weekend edition, which is published just after 10 a.m. (ET) every Saturday.

Recently

For much of 2020, the general trend in mortgage rates was down significantly. According to Freddie Mac, a new weekly all-time low was hit 16 times in the past year.

The latest weekly record low was recorded on January 7th when 30-year fixed rate mortgages stood at 2.65%. But then the trend was reversed and interest rates rose.

However, according to Freddie's April 8 report, that weekly average is 3.13% (with 0.7 fees and points) compared to 3.18% the previous week. In a press release, Freddie noted, "For seven straight weeks, mortgage rates have fallen due to the recent modest decline in US Treasury bond yields."

Mortgage rate forecasting experts

Looking ahead, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) each have a team of economists devoted to monitoring and forecasting the impact on the economy, housing and mortgage rates.

And here are their current interest rate forecasts for the remaining quarters of 2021 (Q2 / 21, Q3 / 21, Q4 / 21) and the first quarter of 2022 (Q1 / 22).

The numbers in the table below are for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage. Fannies were updated on March 17th and the MBA updated on March 22nd. But Freddie now publishes quarterly forecasts. The numbers are from January 10th and look clearly stale:

Forecaster
Q2 / 21
Q3 / 21
Q4 / 21
Q1 / 22

Fannie Mae
3.1%
3.1%
3.2%
3.3%

Freddie Mac
3.0%
3.0%
3.0%
N / A

MBA
3.2%
3.4%
3.6%
3.7%

However, with so many unknowns, the current number of predictions might be even more speculative than usual. And as the year goes on, the spread will certainly widen.

Find your lowest price today

Some lenders have been terrified by the pandemic. And they limit their offerings to the most vanilla-flavored mortgages and refinances.

But others remain brave. And you can still likely find the withdrawal refinance, investment mortgage, or jumbo loan that you want. You just need to shop broader.

But of course you should do a lot of shopping in comparison, no matter what type of mortgage you want. As a federal regulator, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says:

Shopping for your mortgage can result in real savings. It may not sound like much, but if you save even a quarter point on your mortgage, you will save thousands of dollars over the life of your loan.

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Mortgage rate method

The mortgage reports receive interest rates based on selected criteria from multiple credit partners on a daily basis. We'll find an average rate and an annual interest rate for each type of loan that we want to show on our chart. Since we calculate a series of average prices, this will give you a better idea of ​​what you might find in the market. We also calculate average interest rates for the same types of loans. For example, FHA was fixed with FHA. The end result is a good snapshot of the daily rates and how they change over time.

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