What may impact mortgage rates this week

This week is packed with economic indicators that may impact the direction of mortgage interest rates, which have been nudging higher. Mortgage rates are based on bonds (mortgage backed securities or “MBS”).  When the stock market is doing well, it’s not unusual to see mortgage rates trend higher as investors will trade the safety of bonds for the potentially higher return found with stocks. The reverse tends to also hold true – if stocks are tumbling, mortgage rates often improve as investments are moved to bonds. Signs of inflation will also deteriorate bond pricing and cause mortgage rates to move higher. [Read more…]

Mortgage interest rates continue higher

Freddie Mac’s weekly Prime Mortgage Market Survey shows that the average conforming rate last week reached a four year high with the 30 year at 4.58% priced with a half point.

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Stop paying rent: Mortgages with Low Down Payment Options

Recently I wrote about neighbors in West Seattle who were looking for a new place to rent because they have two cats and a dog, limiting their options.  I’ve pets my entire life, this is my cat Rocko at his typical hang-out where he can view everything on our stairs.

In my last post, I shared Fannie Mae’s Home Ready mortgage program which offers a low down payment with improved pricing on rates and mortgage insurance. [Read more…]

Mortgage rates holding steady at record lows

Freddie Mac’s weekly survey of mortgage rates (PMMS) were released this morning showing rates remaining at near record lows.


Click here for current rates for your home located in Washington state. [Read more…]

Mortgage interest rates stabilizing

Freddie Mac’s PMMS was released this morning showing that mortgage appear to be calming down…for now.

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Mortgage rates at 2 year highs

Mortgage rates continue to trend higher as confirmed by Freddie Mac’s weekly Prime Mortgage Market Survey released this morning.

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Mortgage rates expected to trend higher following the October Jobs Report

Recruitment or Employment Issues Chalk Drawing

Yesterday morning, the Jobs Report was released with data for the month of October. The report gave an overall healthy picture of the economy and came in slightly stronger than expected with 161,000 jobs added in October and positive revisions made to August and September. [Read more…]

Freddie Mac PMMS reports mortgage rates at a 10 week low

Today Freddie Mac released their Prime Mortgage Market Survey which reports average conforming mortgage rates from last week.

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From Freddie Mac Chief Economist, Stan Becketti:

“Investors flocked to the safety of government bonds causing the 10-year Treasury yield to continue its descent following the FOMC’s decision to leave rates unchanged. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage responded by dropping 6 basis points before landing at 3.42 percent — a ten-week low. The course of the economy is uncertain, yet consumers continue to be a bright spot. The September consumer confidence index is up 3 percent to 104.1, exceeding forecasts and reaching a new cycle high.”

So if you’ve been sitting on the fence, contemplating a refinance – there’s no time like right now.

If your home is located anywhere in Washington state, where I’m licensed, I’m happy to help you. 🙂