Surprise! It’s a strong Jobs Report

May’s Jobs Report came in much better than expected this morning with 2.51 million jobs ADDED vs the anticipated the 8.5 million jobs lost. Personally, this sounds too good to be true to me and I’m thinking that we’ll see corrections in the months to come…of course, I hope I’m wrong and that an economic (and health) recovery is here.

From Market Watch:

“The biggest payroll surprise in history, by a gigantic margin, likely is due to a wave of hidden rehiring. Businesses which let people go in large numbers in March didn’t need to post their intention to bring people back on. Indeed, they just needed to call/text/email. Still, it’s a mystery why ADP didn’t pick this up, and it contradicts the continuing claims numbers, up 3 million between the April and May survey weeks. One possibility is that many people let go during the lockdowns didn’t make a recorded unemployment claim, either because they thought they would not qualify, or because their filing was caught up in backlogs.” —Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomic.

As I write this (7:53 am PST on June 5, 2020), the Dow is up 800 points. Good news for the stock markets and a surprisingly strong Jobs Report tend to negatively impact mortgage rates. I just repriced a refinance scenario for one of my clients that I quoted last night and the same scenario will now cost 0.25% more in points/fee. For example, if the loan amount is $400,000, it now cost $1,000 more in discount points for the same rate (as I write this post). Mortgage rates change constantly throughout the day and may change by the time I publish this post!

This chart is from Freddie Mac’s Prime Market Mortgage Survey, a weekly report that shows average mortgage rates from last week. NOTE: For current mortgage rates for your home located in Washington state, click here. This illustrates that last week rates bumped slightly higher, however are still VERY LOW.

 

Bottom line, if you have not yet refinanced, I highly recommend that you start a loan application asap. Part of the reason why mortgage rates are near the lowest in 50 years is because of what our economy has been going through due to the pandemic. Once we see real recovery and/or if we see inflation, mortgage rates will most likely trend higher.

If your home is located anywhere in Washington state, I can help you! Click here to start the refinance process or here to get a mortgage rate quote. A majority of the home owners I’m helping with refinances have not needed appraisals, depending on the loan programs and how strong their application is and many are dramatically dropping their mortgage payments. Please don’t miss out on this opportunity!

 

Mortgage Rates at an All Time Low

Freddie Mac’s weekly mortgage rate survey, Prime Mortgage Market Survey (aka PMMS) revealed the lowest mortgage rates since Freddie Mac started tracking interest rates in 1971.

“The size and depth of the secondary mortgage market is helping to keep rates at record lows. These low rates are driving higher refinance activity and have modestly helped improve purchase demand from their extremely low levels in mid-April,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist.

Remember, Freddie Mac’s PMMS report is based on mortgage rates from last week. Last week’s rates are old news and no longer available…although with that said, mortgage rates are still extremely low right now

We are open for business and here to help you with your refinance or home buying needs for homes located in Washington state. Please contact me if I can help you! Click here for a no-hassle mortgage rate quote or here to start a loan application.

Mortgage Rates at Extremely Low Levels

Freddie Mac’s PMMS report was released this morning showing just how low mortgage interest rates have dropped during the pandemic. Remember, the Prime Mortgage Market Survey’s rates are last week’s news as they are based on an average of mortgage rates from last week.

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Getting a Mortgage During the Coronavirus

What strange times we’re in! Last night, Governor Inslee declared we are in a minimum two week “shelter in place” with only essential businesses allowed to operate, unless you can work from home.

Mortgage companies are currently considered essential and Mortgage Master Service Corporation is open to help you with your mortgage needs. I am currently working from my home office as I navigate mortgage rates that are off the charts! We are still helping people with their refinances and home purchases. [Read more…]

Fed Drops Funds Rate to Zero to 0.25% – how does this impact mortgage rates?

In an unprecedented move, the Fed dropped the Fed Funds rate to 0-0.25% today…it’s Sunday! This is a coordinated effort with several other central banks around the world. This move does NOT mean that mortgage interest rates are 0 – 0.25%. The Fed does NOT directly control mortgage interest rates – however, actions taken by the Fed may impact the direction of mortgage interest rates. [Read more…]

How to Grab a Low Mortgage Rate in a Volatile Market

Lately I’ve felt like I’m sitting in the front row of a roller coaster with the wild swings in mortgage interest rates. Mortgage rates have been at 50 year lows this past week – the lowest levels since Freddie Mac started keeping track with their weekly mortgage survey. This is largely due to fears in the market caused by the coronavirus. The Dow has been taking wild plunges, then will rally only to dip again. Mortgage rates are based on bonds (mortgage backed securities) and when investors are pulling funds from stocks, they will often seek the safety of bonds. We’ve seen that this past week when rates dropped to the lowest levels I have seen in my 20 year career as a Mortgage Professional. We are in uncharted territory. [Read more…]

Lowest Mortgage Rates in History!

Freddie Mac’s Prime Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) released this morning states: “The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage hit a record 3.29 percent this week, the lowest level in its nearly 50-year history“…”30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.29 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending March 5, 2020, down from last week when it averaged 3.45 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.41 percent. ”

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FOMC drops the Fed Funds Rate by 0.50

This morning the Fed lowered the Fed Funds rate by 0.50 to 1-1.25% due to the global financial impacts of the coronavirus. The markets were anticipating the Feds to make a move and reacted favorably…however we’re still seeing plenty of volatility.

What does this mean with regards to mortgage interest rates? They are still very very LOW making this a great time to look at refinancing. [Read more…]