Mortgage rates today remain largely unchanged. There has not been enough major economic news to break them out of the narrow range in which mortgage-backed securities (MBS) are trading. But that's good for borrowers, taking some of the uncertainty out of mortgage borrowing.
In economic news, housing starts in the US increased substantially — with October's coming in much higher than expected. Experts predicted that builders began constructing 1.185 million homes, but in fact, they started 1.290 million.
That's great for those impacted by the current home shortage, and the higher prices making homeownership difficult. But now, we still have great mortgage rates, and home prices may stabilize soon.Verify your new rate (Nov 19th, 2017)
|Conventional 30 yr Fixed||3.750||3.750||Unchanged|
|Conventional 15 yr Fixed||3.250||3.250||Unchanged|
|Conventional 5 yr ARM||3.375||3.830||Unchanged|
|30 year fixed FHA||3.375||4.360||Unchanged|
|15 year fixed FHA||3.125||4.072||Unchanged|
|5 year ARM FHA||3.250||4.345||Unchanged|
|30 year fixed VA||3.500||3.672||Unchanged|
|15 year fixed VA||3.250||3.559||Unchanged|
|5 year ARM VA||3.500||3.626||Unchanged|
Most of these early morning data are neutral, not expecting to move mortgage rates much.
Mortgage rates today remain very favorable for anyone considering homeownership. Residential financing is still affordable.
Monday kicks off a short week in the US, with Thanksgiving and the day after providing a lull in financial dealings. However, we will get the Leading Economic Indicators, a collection of data that attempt to predict economic health in the near term.
Last month's level dropped 0.2 percent. An improvement could increase mortgage rates slightly, but this report is not widely considered critical.
Mortgage rates are barely moving these days, so it's fairly safe to stretch a lock if it makes sense. If you are closing in, say, 16 days, you might want to wait a day or two and get a 15-day rather than a more-expensive 30-day lock. If you're closing in 32 days, it's probably worth holding out for a 30-day timeline.
In general, 30-day is the standard price most lenders will (should) quote you. The 15-day option should get you a discount, and locks over 30 days usually cost more.
If you want to "set it and forget it," though, current mortgage rates are attractive enough to make that an okay move.
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 paying five percent interest ($50) each year. (This is called its “coupon rate.") That’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.
The buyer gets an interest rate, or yield, of only 4.2 percent. And that’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 getting $700. The buyer gets the same $50 a year in interest, but the yield looks like this:
The buyer’s interest rate is now slightly more than seven percent. Interest rates and yields are not mysterious. You calculate them with simple math.Verify your new rate (Nov 19th, 2017)
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