Posted July 31, 2014

Mortgage Rates Today

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July 31, 2014: Mortgage markets changing today's mortgage rates


Mortgage Rates Today - Up-to-The-Minute Rates

Today's mortgage rates are lower.

Mixed economic data has caused a volatile morning. Two early economic reports were negative for MBS. The Employment Cost Index, which measures the cost of labor, increased 0.7% during the second quarter of this year, above the consensus of 0.5%, and the fastest pace since the third quarter of 2008. Fed officials are closely watching wage gains as an indicator of labor market slack, so today's data may increase pressure on the Fed to raise the fed funds rate. In addition, weekly Jobless Claims were 302K, which was close to expectations. Jobless Claims near the 300K level are consistent with an improving labor market. MBS then recovered their losses after today's later economic report. The Chicago PMI Manufacturing index declined sharply to 52.6, far below the consensus of 63.0, and the lowest level since June 2013. 

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.

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About Today's Mortgage Rates Analysis

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.

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