Mortgage rates trending higher (still very low)

Freddie Mac’s PMMS report was released this morning showing that mortgage rates are trending higher from the 3 year lows.

2016 June 2 Freddie Mac PMMS

The Prime Mortgage Market Survey is based on an average of last week’s conforming rates and reports that the 30 year fixed rate averaged 3.66 with 0.5 points for the week ending June 2, 2016. [Read more…]

What May Impact Mortgage Rates this week, December 8, 2015

2015-12-04 12.28.54I apologize for not getting this post done yesterday as I typically do. Last week, I was in Nashville attending the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Independent Mortgage Bankers Conference. It wrapped up on Friday which gave us some time to visit with my son who currently lives there. Our flight home Sunday afternoon was cancelled, which meant my sister-in-law and I had the pleasure of spending most of yesterday on flights to get back home to Seattle.  Just for fun, I thought I’d share a pic I took of Minnie Pearl’s hat and shoes, which are on display at the Ryman Auditorium, home of the original Grand Ole Opry.

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Freddie Mac Reports Mortgage Rates Down Last Week


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What May Impact Mortgage Rates this Week: June 23, 2014

mortgageporter-economyMortgage rates are based on mortgage backed securities (bonds) and often change throughout the day. Since they are based on bonds, mortgage rates will often improve when the stock markets are deteriorating as investors will trade the safety of bonds for the potential greater return found with stocks. The reverse is also true. World events as well as scheduled economic indicators may impact the direction of mortgage interest rates. Watch for signs of inflation, which erodes the value of bonds and therefore, causes mortgage rates to trend higher.

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What May Impact Mortgage Rates this Week: May 5, 2014

mortgageporter-economyHappy Cinco de Mayo! This week’s calendar is very light, especially when you compare it to the amount of economic data that was released last week. It’s not just economic reports that may move mortgage rates. The stock markets or world events, such as what’s going on with Russia, may impact the direction of mortgage rates. Here are the economic indicators scheduled to be released this week:

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Reader Question regarding Down Payments for Second Homes

mortgageporter-thinkingI received this comment from one of my readers on a post about occupancy and I thought it would make a good post all on it’s own.

What is the normal down payment on a second home? Our credit is in the “good” range and our debt to income is very good.

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What May Impact Mortgage Rates this Week: December 23, 2014

mortgageporter-economyHappy Holidays! With this being a short week due to Christmas, we may see a bit more volatility with mortgage rates with many traders taking time off for the holidays. Markets will be closing early on Tuesday for Christmas Eve and will be closed all day Wednesday. Here are some of the economic indicators scheduled to be released this week:

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New Conforming Price Adjustments for Mortgage Rates

UPDATE: DECEMBER 23, 2013: Incoming Director of the FHFA, Mel Watts has announced that he will delay the increase to conforming price adjustments (aka LLPA or guarantee fees).

This week Fannie Mae revealed conforming price adjustments (LLPA) which will increase the cost for mortgage rates in 2014. This complied with the Fed beginning to pull back on their bond buying program will certainly cause mortgage rates to trend higher.

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