Mortgage Rates Moved Higher Last Week

Freddie Mac released the Prime Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) showing average mortgage interest rates for LAST WEEK. Yes…last week’s mortgage rates are old news but this does illustrate where rates have BEEN and what direction they may be moving.
Inflation is the biggest culprit for driving mortgage rates higher. Mortgage interest rates are based on bonds (mortgage backed securities) and bonds do not react well at all to inflation. As we continue to see higher wages (ie wage inflation) and other prices rise, mortgage rates will likely follow. We also have the Fed pulling back their level of support of keeping mortgage rates artificially low.

In the big picture, mortgage rates are still historically very low…just not as low as over the summer.

Bottom line, if you’ve been considering refinancing, you might want to start your application now. If your home is located anywhere in Washington state, I’m happy to help you! Click here for a no-hassle mortgage rate quote.

How to Grab a Low Mortgage Rate in a Volatile Market

Lately I’ve felt like I’m sitting in the front row of a roller coaster with the wild swings in mortgage interest rates. Mortgage rates have been at 50 year lows this past week – the lowest levels since Freddie Mac started keeping track with their weekly mortgage survey. This is largely due to fears in the market caused by the coronavirus. The Dow has been taking wild plunges, then will rally only to dip again. Mortgage rates are based on bonds (mortgage backed securities) and when investors are pulling funds from stocks, they will often seek the safety of bonds. We’ve seen that this past week when rates dropped to the lowest levels I have seen in my 20 year career as a Mortgage Professional. We are in uncharted territory. [Read more…]

Lowest Mortgage Rates of the Year!

Freddie Mac’s Prime Mortgage Market Survey reveals mortgage rates are at very low levels.

The low rates are due to the volatility taking place in the stock market. Sam Khater, Chief Economist states, “it will be interesting to see how the recent turmoil in the stock market will affect home buying activity in the coming months.” [Read more…]

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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