Happy 2015! Mortgage rates are kicking off the new year trending lower with more troubles from the Euro-zone. This week is packed with economic indicators which may impact the direction of mortgage interest rates. If one of your New Year resolutions is to save money, now is a great time to look at refinancing to reduce your monthly mortgage payment and create more cash flow to pay off debts or help fund your retirement. Click here if your home is in Washington state and you would like me to help review your current scenario.
What May Impact Mortgage Rates this Week: January 5, 2015 [Mortgage Rate Post: rates trending lower]
Mortgage rates trended higher on Friday following the much stronger than expected Jobs Report which even included positive revisions for the two previous months. Weak economic news coming from Europe and China are helping bonds (like mortgage backed securities) improve this morning. Mortgage rates continue to be around 18 month lows so this could be a good time to review your current mortgage to see if refinancing makes sense. You can start the new year off with a lower mortgage payment and more money in your pockets!
Black Knight Financial Services says at least 7.4 million mortgages should refinance, due to where rates are today and looking at borrowers with current notes at 4.5% and above. This may also be a good time to refi into a conventional mortgage if you have an FHA mortgage with a rate in 3% range with expensive FHA mortgage insurance.
Last week the Fed formally wrapped up their aggressive buying of mortgage backed securities (QE) which helped to keep mortgage rates at such a low level over the past couple of years. This was not a surprise to the markets as the Fed had continuously reiterated their plans to end QE in October. Mortgage rates seem to be slowly trending higher.
This week is packed with economic data that may influence the direction of mortgage rates wrapping up with the Jobs Report on Friday. Mortgage rates will also react to world tensions, such as what’s taking place in the Middle East. This is because mortgage rates are based on bonds (mortgage backed securities) and investors often seek the safety of bonds over the potentially higher return found with stocks. Stocks are taking a hit this morning and mortgage backed securities are improved.Here are some of the economic indicators that are scheduled to be released this week:
This week is packed full of economic indicators that may influence mortgage interest rates, including the Fed meeting on Wednesday and Jobs Report on Friday. The Jobs Report carries a lot of weight with mortgage rates as it may indicate inflation. As the economy and employment improves, we may see signs of wage inflation. Inflation is the arch enemy of bonds, like mortgage backed securities – which mortgage rates are based on. World tensions may also impact mortgage rates as investors may seek the safety found in bonds.
This week is jam packed with data that may impact the direction of mortgage interest rates. Mortgage rates are based on bonds (mortgage backed securities) and are traded similar to stocks. Often times, mortgage rates will improve when we see the stock market taking a hit or rise when the stock market is rallying. This is because investors will trade the safety of bonds for the greater returns potentially found with stocks. The reverse is also true.
Mortgage rates are slightly improved this morning as the stock market is taking a bit of a hit. As I write this (8:45 am) the DOW is down about 200 points. It’s not unusual to see mortgage rates improve when the stock markets are selling off as investors will seek the safety of bonds. Mortgage rates are based on bonds (mortgage backed securities) and will often react opposite to the stock market.
This week we’ ll be watching for the minutes from the last FOMC meeting and the Jobs Report as they may impact the direction of mortgage interest rates. It’s anticipated that employers added 197k jobs in December. Here are the economic indicators scheduled to be released this week: