Mortgage Rates Lumbering Low

Freddie Mac’s PMMS shows mortgage rates remaining at low levels.

From Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist, Sam Khater:
“While the economy continues to grow, it has lost momentum over the last two months due to the current wave of new COVID cases that has led to weaker employment, lower spending and declining consumer confidence. Consequently, mortgage rates dropped early this summer and have stayed steady despite increases in inflation caused by supply and demand imbalances…”

The rates posted above are an average from last week and, as you know if you’re a long time reader of The Mortgage Porter, mortgage rates change constantly as they are based on bonds. The PMMS report shows you where mortgage rates have been and is a good indicator for past trends. It does not necessarily show you where mortgage rates are now.

If you have been considering refinancing or buying a new home located anywhere in Washington state, I am happy to help you! Click here for a no-hassle mortgage rate quote for your personal scenario.

 

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Mortgage rates move lower

Mortgage rates have moved lower as reflected in Freddie Mac’s Prime Market Survey released this morning.
From Freddie Mac: “Mortgage rates decreased this week following the dip in U.S. Treasury yields. While mortgage rates tend to follow Treasury yields closely, other factors can be impactful such as the labor markets, which are continuing to improve per last week’s jobs report,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist. “We expect economic growth to gradually drive interest rates higher, but homebuyers and refinance borrowers still have an opportunity to take advantage of 30-year rates that are expected to continue to hover around three percent.”

It’s important to remember that the survey is based on an average from applications last week – so the rates posted here are a basically a week old. The The survey is most useful for showing how rates are trending as it shows where rates have been vs. where they are now.

For a more “fresh perspective” on current mortgage rates, I like to rely on watching the trends with mortgage backed securities (bonds) which mortgage rates are based on. Basically, the higher the green stick moves, the lower mortgage rates “should” be.

If you missed out on the last refi-boom, this is could be your opportunity! Many refinances do not require an appraisal, which helps to make the process easier and less costly.

If you are considering refinancing your home located anywhere in Washington state, I am happy to help you!

PS: I help home buyers with their mortgage needs too!

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Mortgage Rates Move Lower

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