Boston MA mortgage

Mortgage Guy Brian Cav has his weekly Massachusetts mortgage rate lock advisory. Brian and I were talking mortgages last night at the Boston Real Estate Now Blog first inaugural get together. The circular irony is that bad economic news = lower mortgage rates. But by the same token, bad economic news = less housing sales = less mortgage originations. An interesting Catch-22!

Mortgage pricing has gotten better over the past 24 to 48 hours, and the reason they have gotten better is non US related issues; Greece and economic uncertainty have kept US mortgage rates down over the past week. I would cautiously FLOAT over the next day or two and LOCK in before Friday’s unemployment numbers. Please try not to get to greedy on the beautiful Cinco De Mayo!

The 30 year conventional mortgage rate still remains in the 4.875% to 5.125% range for well qualified consumers. To secure a par interest rate on a conventional mortgage you must have a FICO credit score of 740 or higher, a loan to value at 80% or less and pay all closing costs including an estimated one point loan origination/discount. If you are seeking a 15 year term, you should expect par in the 4.25% to 4.50% range with similar costs but lower FICO score requirements.

Inquire within for current Mortgage Interest Rates. bc@SmarterBorrowing.com 617.771.5021

Economic Data

Wednesday’s bond market opened in positive territory again following more weakness in stocks. The bond market is currently up, which should improve this morning’s mortgage rates by approximately .1250 – .25 in mortgage pricing..

There is no relevant data scheduled for release today, so any afternoon revisions to mortgage rates will likely come from movements in stocks. If the stock markets move into positive territory, we may see bonds fall and mortgage rates move higher. If the major stock indexes move lower, afternoon improvements to rates may follow.

The Labor Department will release its 1st Quarter Productivity and Costs data early tomorrow morning. This information helps us measure employee productivity in the workplace. If employee productivity is rapidly rising, the bond market should react favorably. It is expected to show a increase in productivity.

We also will get weekly unemployment figures from the Labor Department early tomorrow. They are expected to say that 440,000 new claims for unemployment benefits were filed last week. This would be a decline from the previous week, but unless we see a large variance from forecasts this data likely will not have much of an influence on tomorrow’s mortgage rates.

The big news of the week comes Friday when we will get April’s monthly employment numbers. They are expected to show that the unemployment rate stood at 9.7% last month and that 187,000 new jobs were added to the economy. The higher the unemployment rate and the fewer number of jobs added, the better the news for bonds and mortgage rates.

FLOAT or  LOCK

If I was closing on a Home Mortgage in the next 0 to 15 Days – LOCK

If I was closing on a Home Mortgage in the next 15 to 30 Days – LOCK

If I was closing on a Home Mortgage in the next 30 to 60 Days – FLOAT/LOCK

If I was closing on a Home Mortgage in the next 60+ FLOAT

This is only my opinion of what I would do if I were financing a home. It is only an opinion and cannot be guaranteed to be in the best interest of all/any other borrowers.

  • Are you a possible Massachusetts First Time Homebuyer?
  • Do you have a Real Estate client inquiring about current Mortgage Rates?
  • Do you have any Refinancing questions?
  • Should you be thinking about Refinancing out of your ARM (Adjustable Rate Mortgage)?
  • Have your Real Estate clients been Pre Approved?

bc@SmarterBorrowing.com 617.771.5021

Credit: Bloomberg, Yahoo Finance, Mortgage News, MBS Quoteline, WSJ, NY Times

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Here’s our Mortgage Guy Brian Cav’s weekly report on mortgage rates. I also read an interesting blog post on how Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano has helped interest rates.

Mortgage rates went up a bit this morning. Why? Because the stock market rallied from an eight session low yesterday. This has been a pretty slow week in regards to economic data up to this point. The 30 year fixed is in the 4.875% to 5.25% range for qualified borrowers. You must have a mid FICO score of 740 or better and a loan to value below 80%. I am still in favor of LOCKing right now because I believe there are a few factors that are pressuring rates higher. The stock market seems likes it is only going to continue to go up plus there are more Treasury auctions on Thursday. These rates are low now… LOCK them in. Yes you should be thinking about refinancing!

Economic Data

Wednesday’s bond market has opened in positive territory despite a lack of economic news. The bond market is currently up, which should improve this morning’s mortgage rates pricing

It’s another quiet day in the markets, particularly in bonds. There is no relevant economic data being posted today. The stock markets are being driven mostly by earnings results. But those reports do not directly affect the bond market or mortgage rates.

Tomorrow morning brings us the release of March’s Producer Price Index (PPI). It will give us an important measurement of inflationary pressures at the producer level of the economy. The core data is more important to market participants because it excludes more volatile food and energy prices. If it shows rapidly rising prices, inflation fears may hurt bond prices since it erodes the value of a bond’s future fixed interest payments, leading to higher mortgage rates. However, a slight increase, or better yet a decline in prices, would be good news for the bond market and mortgage rates.

Late tomorrow morning, the National Association of Realtors will post March’s Existing Homes Sales numbers. A similar report to this one and actually the week’s least important data- March’s New Home Sales will be released Friday morning. Both are expected to show increases from February’s levels.

Also being released tomorrow are the weekly unemployment figures from the Labor Department. They are expected to show 450,000 new claims for benefits were filed last week, down considerably from the previous week. Generally speaking, a higher than expected number of claims would be considered favorable for bonds and mortgage rates.

FLOAT or  LOCK

If I was closing on a Home Mortgage in the next 0 to 15 Days – LOCK

If I was closing on a Home Mortgage in the next 15 to 30 Days – LOCK

If I was closing on a Home Mortgage in the next 30 to 60 Days – LOCK/FLOAT – Tough Call

If I was closing on a Home Mortgage in the next 60+ FLOAT

This is only my opinion of what I would do if I were financing a home. It is only an opinion and cannot be guaranteed to be in the best interest of all/any other borrowers.

  • Are you a possible Massachusetts First Time Home buyer?
  • Do you have a Real Estate client inquiring about current Mortgage Rates?
  • Do you have any Refinancing questions?
  • Should you be thinking about Refinancing out of your ARM (Adjustable Rate Mortgage)?
  • Have your Real Estate clients been Pre Approved?

Inquire within for current Mortgage Interest Rates. bc@SmarterBorrowing.com 617.771.5021

Credit: Bloomberg, Yahoo Finance, Mortgage News, MBS Quoteline, WSJ, NY Times

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Weekly Massachusetts Mortgage Rate Lock Report

by Rich Vetstein on April 19, 2010 · 0 comments

in Mortgages

We’re pleased to welcome back our resident Mortgage Guy Brian Cav with his popular weekly Massachusetts Weekly Mortgage Rate Lock Report. (There was a delay in posting this–Brian wrote it last Wednesday–Sorry!).

Way to much to lose than to gain right now with Mortgage Interest Rates!  I still like LOCKing in your Mortgage Rate very soon, especially if you are closing in the next 30 days. I just think there is so much volatility within the Mortgage markets right now…  over the past two weeks I have seen mid day price changes almost every day, that’s unheard of. Mortgage Rates started off the week doing the same thing it did last week… recovering.  Hopefully you gained some back on the rally late last week and earlier this week and LOCKed your rate in.

Inquire within for current Mortgage Interest Rates. bc@SmarterBorrowing.com 617.771.5021

Economic Data

Wednesday’s bond market has opened in negative territory following the release of stronger than expected consumer spending data. The bond market is currently down, which will likely push this morning’s mortgage rates higher by approximately .25 of a discount point.

This morning’s economic data actually gave us mixed results. The Commerce Department said that sales at the retail level of the economy rose 1.6% last month, exceeding forecasts. This is considered negative news for bonds and mortgage rates because consumer spending makes up two-thirds of the U.S. economy. This makes bonds less appealing  and pushes mortgage rates higher.

March’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) was today’s second release, but it gave us good news. The Labor Department reported that the overall index rose 0.1% as it was expected to do. The good news came in the more important core data reading that excludes more volatile food and energy prices.  That can be considered quite favorable for bonds, but the sales data seems to be taking center stage this morning.

The Federal Reserve will post its Fed Beige Book report at 2:00 PM ET this afternoon. This report is named simply after the color of its cover and details economic conditions throughout the U.S. by region. Since the Fed relies heavily on the contents of this report during their FOMC meetings, its results can have a fairly big impact on the financial markets and mortgage rates if it reveals any significant surprises. Generally speaking, signs of strong economic growth or inflation rising would be considered negative for bonds and mortgage rates.

The Industrial Production and Consumer Sentiment are not extremely important Data & Reports mortgage mortgage rates coming out Thursday and Friday of this week.

FLOAT or  LOCK

If I was closing on a Home Mortgage in the next 0 to 15 Days – LOCK

If I was closing on a Home Mortgage in the next 15 to 30 Days – LOCK

If I was closing on a Home Mortgage in the next 30 to 60 Days – LOCK/FLOAT – Tough Call

If I was closing on a Home Mortgage in the next 60+ FLOAT

This is only my opinion of what I would do if I were financing a home. It is only an opinion and cannot be guaranteed to be in the best interest of all/any other borrowers.

  • Are you a possible Massachusetts First Time Homebuyer?
  • Do you have a Real Estate client inquiring about current Mortgage Rates?
  • Do you have any Refinancing questions?
  • Should you be thinking about Refinancing out of your ARM (Adjustable Rate Mortgage)?
  • Have your Real Estate clients been Pre Approved?

bc@SmarterBorrowing.com 617.771.5021

Credit: Bloomberg, Yahoo Finance, Mortgage News, MBS Quoteline, WSJ, NY Times

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