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20 Jul 09 Current Mortgage Rates

Current mortgage interest rates are up this past week brought on by higher Treasury rates, 10-year U.S. Treasury rates rose from about 3.30 % to 3.65 % this week. Today’s mortgage interest rates remain historically low.  The low rates home mortgages are slowly starting to resurrect the home purchase market.  Home-buyers are being lured back to the housing market slowly, but surly with the Federal Reserve looking to end the nationwide housing crisis. Low rate mortgage loans are also igniting home refinancing activity. Last week, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported that the Refinance Index rose 17.7% from the previous week on a seasonally adjusted basis.

Another index released this past week further supports the fading of housing and subprime mortgage crisis. The National Association of Realtors released their Pending Home Sales Index which showed a slight increase in May 2009. The increase was only 0.1% but it was the fourth consecutive monthly increase which hasn’t happened since October 2004.  Mortgage Related News continues to refer visitors to mortgage brokers and lenders offering free mortgage rate tables based on your state and neighborhood lending postings.

Adjustable Mortgage Rates
Adjustable mortgage rates were mixed this week. The average rate for a one-year conforming ARM decreased to 4.51 % from 4.55 % the prior week. Jumbo one-year ARMs increased to 5.24%, up from the prior week’s average rate of 5.20 %.

Three-year ARM mortgage rates (conforming) decreased to 4.64% this week, down from last week’s average rate of 4.66%. The average mortgage loan rate for a jumbo three-year ARM is at 5.32%, up from the prior week’s average home mortgage loan rate of 5.30%.

Five-year Adjustable Rate Home Loans (conforming) were all over the map this week from several lending sources like Freddie Mac, MBA, Bank Rate and Bloomberg. Five-year ARMs are averaging 4.53%, down from last week’s rate of 4.57%. The average (jumbo) 5-year mortgage rate rose to 5.42% from the previous week’s average rate of 5.34%.

The average interest rate on a seven-year adjustable rate mortgages rose. Conforming seven-year ARMs are averaging 5.14 %, up from 5.00% the prior week. Jumbo seven-year adjustable mortgage rates increased to 5.95, up from last week’s rate of 5.90%.

10-year adjustable rate home mortgages were mixed. Conforming 10-year ARMs are at 5.47 % this week, up from the prior week’s average mortgage rate of 5.30%. Jumbo 10-year ARMs averaged 6.26%, down slightly from 6.28%.

Smart Home Equity reported interest rates for home equity loans and home equity lines of credit remain unchanged.  Slight increases and decreases were reported from Lenders offering HELOC’s and fixed rate equity mortgages.


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05 Jan 09 Jumb Mortgage Rates Still Too High

The number of people applying for mortgage loans has been increasing in the recent years.  The high interest rates are particularly an issue in Greater Boston, where expensive housing forces many people into jumbo-loan territory, which is currently $465,750 and above. In 2006, more than 10 percent of borrowers in Massachusetts took out jumbo mortgages.  Homeowners in high cost states like California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York have been complaining for years about the mortgage injustice that goes along with paying higher interest rates for jumbo mortgages.

Borrowers with conventional home loans which are at or below $417,000 have been seeing mortgage rates as low as 5 percent, while the national average for a jumbo loan hovers around 7 percent.  There is a new, third category of mortgages between jumbo and conventional loans, created last year by Congress, called conforming jumbos, which now average about 5.6 percent, according to a provider of industry data, HSH Associates.  “I think it is crazy you can’t get as good a rate,” said Julia Blake, 36, who with her husband is looking to refinance the Cape they bought in Wellesley for $695,000 in 2007. “To me, a jumbo mortgage should be a luxury house, and in Wellesley it is not. You can’t get anything less than $600,000.” 

Another Wellesley resident, Paul Barnhill, wants to refinance his jumbo ARM into a fixed-rate loan, but not at current mortgage rates.  “I would refinance in a heartbeat if I could get 5 percent,” said Barnhill, 44.  Jumbo mortgage rates are higher because lenders who initiate the loans are having trouble selling them on the secondary market, where the resale of mortgages provides funds for new loans.

Jumbo Mortgage Rates Hinder Home Sales Price with More Equity and Higher Credti Scores Required! 

The banks and investment groups that buy mortgages are reeling from the credit crisis and the subprime mortgage debacle, and are steering clear of any home mortgage that smack of higher risk. The major players on the secondary market, government-sponsored Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, do not purchase jumbo loans.  Read the complete article >.


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