Mortgage rates today have not changed muchÂ from yesterday, not unexpected considering the lack of economic reporting. With no scheduled economic releases until Wednesday, investorsÂ will have to base decisions onÂ financial data (see below), rumors, and tweets to predict interest rate movements.
(As of 10:30 am EDT)
|Conventional 30 yr Fixed||3.875||3.875||Unchanged|
|Conventional 15 yr Fixed||3.125||3.125||-0.13%|
|Conventional 5 yr ARM||3.375||3.778||+0.04%|
|30 year fixed FHA||3.500||4.448||Unchanged|
|15 year fixed FHA||2.875||3.815||Unchanged|
|5 year ARM FHA||3.000||4.125||-0.03%|
|30 year fixed VA||3.625||3.777||Unchanged|
|15 year fixed VA||3.125||3.433||Unchanged|
|5 year ARM VA||3.375||3.457||Unchanged|
Todayâ€™s economic dataÂ skewsÂ very slightly to negative for mortgage rates. However, because the movements in these data are so tiny, you can consider this information neutral.Â We are in suspended animation waiting for Fed news tomorrow.
There are no pertinent economic releases today or Tuesday. But the latter part of the week isÂ repleteÂ with Fed news and reporting that could spike mortgage rates, or cause them to fall sharply. Stay tuned.
Mortgage rates are trending up,Â and there is no reason to believe that they will drop back in the near future.
I would probably lock if rates were in my strike zone and I was closing soon. However, your own goals and tolerance for risk may vary. This is only what I would do.
Mortgage interest rates depend on a great deal on the expectations of investors. Good economic news tends to be bad for interest rates, because an active economy raises concerns about inflation. Inflation causes fixed-income investments like bonds to lose value, and that causes their yields (another way of saying interest rates) to increase.
For example, suppose that two years ago, you bought a $1,000 bond payingÂ five percent interest ($50) each year. (This is called its â€ścoupon rate.") Thatâ€™s a pretty good rate today, so lots of investors want to buy it from you. You sell your $1,000 bond for $1,200.
The buyer gets the same $50 a year in interest that you were getting. However, because he paid more for the bond, his interest rate is not five percent.
TheÂ buyer gets an interest rate, or yield, of only 4.2 percent. And thatâ€™s why, when demand for bonds increases and bond prices go up, interest rates go down.
However, when the economy heats up, the potential for inflation makes bonds less appealing. With fewer people wanting to buy bonds, their prices decrease, and then interest rates go up.
Imagine that you have your $1,000 bond, but you can't sell it for $1,000, because unemployment has dropped and stock prices are soaring. You end up gettingÂ $700. The buyer gets the same $50 a year in interest, but the yield looks like this:
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