Today's mortgage rates are higher.
This morning, weekly Jobless Claims declined sharply to 265K, well below the consensus of 300K, and the lowest reading since April 2000. Pending Home Sales declined 3.7%, far below the consensus for an increase of 0.5%.
Yesterday, the Fed statement was very similar to the December 17 statement. The two notable changes included an upgrade to the Fed's description of the performance of the economy and the explicit acknowledgment that international events will be a factor in future Fed policy. The statement also repeated that the timing of fed funds rate hikes will depend on incoming economic data.
Despite how mortgage rates are doing today so far, note that rates can change at anytime, and often without advance notice. In a calm mortgage market, rates may change once or twice daily. In a volatile mortgage market, rates can change five times daily or more.
When mortgage rates change, mortgage lenders honor rates which have been previously "locked". Unlocked rates are rarely honored. To protect your long-term mortgage rate, lock a lender's price before rates start to move again.
Today's mortgage rate analysis is based on live mortgage-backed securities (MBS) pricing provided by MBSQuoteline, a real-time mortgage market data service available to loan officers, real estate agents, and other finance professionals.
The MBS data supplied by MBSQuoteline is the same market data used to formulate current mortgage rates by the nation's mortgage lenders.
The chart at top depicts today's Fannie Mae mortgage bond pricing. Fannie Mae bonds are linked to conventional mortgage rates which include mortgage rates for programs such as the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP 2.0), the HomePath mortgage program, and others.
MBS prices are inversely related to today's mortgage rates.
The chart does not depict the path of today's Ginnie Mae mortgage bonds, although Ginnie Mae bonds and Fannie Mae bonds tend to move in similar directions.
Ginnie Mae mortgage bonds are linked to today's mortgage rates for FHA loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration; VA loans guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs; and USDA loans guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
When mortgage bond prices rise, U.S. mortgage rates tend to fall. Conversely, when mortgage bond prices fall, U.S. mortgage rates tend to rise. In general, a twenty-five basis point change in MBS pricing -- up or down -- leads to a 0.125 percentage point change in mortgage rates.
Mortgage rates change all day, every day. The mortgage rates you get from your bank "now" won't be the same rates you get from your bank in an hour. Be smart when you shop. Compare multiple lenders and get your best deal.
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