Mortgage rates are not only impacted by the direction of bonds (mortgage backed securities); global tensions may also influence mortgage interest rates. We saw this last week with the heart breaking and horrific downing of the Malaysian flight and increased global tensions. Rates slightly improved as investors opted for the safety found in bonds.
‘Tis the season for going on a vacation. But what if you are buying a home or in the middle of refinancing your mortgage? Ideally, if you’re buying or refinancing a home, you won’t have any travel plans until after the transaction has closed…however, we know things aren’t always “ideal”… and vacation or business travel plans are sometimes a must.
Here are some pointers I hope you find useful should you find that you’re traveling while in the mortgage process.
Mortgage rates continue to be at low levels and are slightly improved compared to last Monday’s rate post. Here are some of the economic indicators that may influence the direction of mortgage interest rates this week:
According to Housing Wire, it looks like HARP (aka the Home Affordable Refinance Program) may once again be extended through 2016. The HARP program was created for home owners who have conventional Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac mortgages and who had lost equity in their homes due to the mortgage meltdown, making it impossible to refinance. With HARP, appraisals are often not required and over the past few years, underwriting guidelines have become more relaxed with this program. So why the “so what”?
This is a short week with Independence Day on this Friday. Watch for the Jobs Report being released on Thursday, July 3, which could provide some early fireworks depending on if the data comes in less or more than expected.
Here are some of the economic indicators scheduled to be released this week: