Another week, another new low for mortgage rates.
According to Freddie Mac’s weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the 30-year fixed rate mortgage rate fell 3 basis points to 3.53% last week nationwide. The 3.53% mortgage rate is available to mortgage applicants who are willing to pay 0.7 discount points, on average, plus a full set of closing costs.
One year ago, the 30-year fixed rate mortgage rate was 4.52%. Today, it’s nearly one percent lower. For every $100,000 borrowed at today’s rates as compared to July 2011, a mortgage applicant will save $57 per $100,000 borrowed, or $684 per year.
Over 30 years of a loan, those savings add up.
30-year fixed rate mortgage rates have now dropped through 5 consecutive weeks, and in 11 of the last 12 weeks, a streak dating back to late-April. Depending where you live, however, you may not get access to 3.53% mortgage rates. As Freddie Mac’s survey reveals, mortgage rates vary by region.
Last week, mortgage rates by region were listed as follows :
- Northeast Region : 3.56% with 0.7 discount points
- West Region : 3.49% with 0.7 discount points
- Southeast Region : 3.58% with 0.7 discount points
- North Central Region : 3.52% with 0.7 discount points
- Southwest Region : 3.56% with 0.7 discount points
Homeowners and home buyers in California, Oregon and Washington, therefore, received the lowest rates in the country, on average. Owners and buyers in Florida and Georgia, by contrast, received the highest rates.
This week, though, mortgage rates are lower everywhere.
With Spain at risk for a sovereign default and China warning of slow growth, mortgage rates began the week by falling yet again. If you’re eligible to refinance, therefore, the timing may be right to lock a mortgage rate. Similarly, if you’re an active home buyer in Allen , today’s low rates will bolster your maximum purchasing power.
Talk to your loan officer about capitalizing on the lowest rates of all-time. Rates throughout Texas may not rise beginning next week, but when they do rise, they’ll likely rise quickly.
30-year fixed rate mortgage rates made new, all-time lows once again this week.
According to Freddie Mac’s weekly mortgage rate survey of more than 125 banks nationwide, the average 30-year fixed rate mortgage rate fell 4 basis point to 3.62% nationwide.
The rate is available to conforming, prime borrowers willing to pay an accompanying 0.8 discount points plus a full set of closing costs. A ”prime” mortgage applicant typically has excellent credit, verifiable income, and at least 25% equity in their home.
And, it’s not just the 30-year fixed rate mortgage that made new lows in this holiday-shortened week, either. The 15-year fixed rate mortgage did, too, falling 5 basis points to 2.89%, on average.
The 15-year fixed rate mortgage requires 0.7 discount points plus closing costs.
Discount points are a one-time, up-front closing cost, based on loan size. If your loan requires 1 discount point, that means that your loan has a closing cost equal to 1 percent of your loan size. If your loan requires two discount points, the fee would be equal to two percent of your loan size; and so on.
So, based on this week’s Freddie Mac survey, a home buyer in Allen opening a $200,000 mortgage and paying 0.8 discount points would face to a one-time $1,600 fee to be paid at closing.
The good news is that discount points are optional.
To avoid paying discount points, simply ask your lender for a “zero points” loan. You’ll get a higher mortgage rate than what Freddie Mac shows in its survey, but you’ll pay fewer closing costs.
Today’s low rates are terrific for both home buyers throughout Texas and existing homeowners looking to make a refinance. As compared last year at this time, mortgage rates are down by 98 basis points — nearly one full percentage point.
Mortgage payments are much lower today as compared to July 2011 :
- July 2011 : $512.64 principal + interest per $100,000 borrowed
- July 2012 : $455.77 principal + interest per $100,000 borrowed
Today’s rates yield an 11 percent payment discount as compared to last year.
Mortgage rates are unpredictable so there’s no guarantee that low rates will last forever, much less through the summer. If today’s rates meet your household budget, consider locking something in.
It’s a money-saving time to be a Frisco home buyer. Historically, mortgage rates of all types — conventional, FHA, VA and USDA — have never been lower and low mortgage rates make for low monthly payments.
According to Freddie Mac’s weekly mortgage rate survey, the average 30-year fixed rate mortgage fell to 3.67% nationwide last week for borrowers willing to pay 0.7 discount points at closing, plus a full set of closing costs. 0.7 discount points is a one-time closing cost equal to 0.7 percent of your loan size, or $700 per $100,000 borrowed.
Today’s mortgage rates are a bargain as compared to just 1 year ago.
In early-June 2011, the average 30-year fixed rate mortgage nationwide was higher by 88 basis points, or 0.88%. If you are among the many U.S. homeowners who bought or refinanced a home around that time, refinancing to today’s mortgage rates could save you 10% or more on your payment.
Home buyers have measurably more buying power, too.
Here is how mortgage payments on a typical 30-year fixed rate mortgage have changed in 12 months :
- June 2011 : $509.66 principal + interest per $100,000 borrowed
- June 2012 : $458.59 principal + interest per $100,000 borrowed
Setting the math to a real-life example, a homeowner whose $350,000, 30-year fixed rate mortgage dates to last June would recognize monthly savings of at least $179 per month just by refinancing into a new 30-year fixed rate mortgage at today’s current levels. That’s more than $2,145 in payment savings per year.
Even after accounting for the required loan discount points and closing costs, the “break-even point” on a refinance like that can come quickly.
Mortgage rates have been dropping but there’s no promise they’ll fall forever. Once rates reverse higher, they’re expected to rise sharply. Therefore, if you’re planning to buy a home or refinance one in Texas , consider locking in a mortgage rate while mortgage rates are low.
The market looks good for that today.
For the fifth consecutive week, conforming 30-year fixed rate mortgage rates have dropped to new all-time lows.
According to this week’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey from Freddie Mac, “prime” mortgage applicants willing to pay 0.8 discount points plus closing costs can secure a mortgage rate of 3.78%, on average.
This is a small improvement in rate over last week when the average 30-year fixed rate mortgage rate was 3.79% with 0.7 discount points.
1 discount point is equal to 1 percent of your loan size.
Like everything in real estate, though, mortgage rates are local. Freddie Mac reports that the mortgage rates available to consumers varied by region.
- Northeast Region : 3.78% with 0.7 discount points
- West Region : 3.74% with 0.9 discount points
- Southeast Region : 3.79% with 0.7 discount points
- North Central Region : 3.83% with 0.6 discount points
- Southwest Region : 3.81% with 0.7 discount points
North Central Region residents currently pay the lowest fees and get the highest rates. For residents of the West, it’s the opposite. Everywhere, however,mortgage rates are down. As compared to one year ago, today’s monthly carrying cost for a conforming, 30-year fixed rate mortgage is lower by $50 per $100,000 mortgaged, or $600 per year.
A $300,000 mortgage would save $1,800 annually.
Mortgage rates have been dropping because Wall Street remains concerned for the futures of Greece, Spain, Italy and the European Union. Several European nations are at-risk for a sovereign debt default and Greece remains a threat to leave the EU. To protect against potential loss, investors have been moving money away from risky holdings toward safer ones — a class that includes U.S. mortgage-backed bonds.
As demand for the bonds rise, prices do, too. This leads mortgage rates lower and so long as economic uncertainty remains, mortgage rates are expected to stay low.
Low mortgage rates make this a good time to buy or refinance a home. Talk to your loan officer to review your mortgage options.
Conforming mortgage rates continue to drop.
For the second straight week, the 30-year fixed rate mortgage fell to a new, all-time low nationwide. According to Freddie Mac’s weekly mortgage rate survey, the average 30-year fixed rate mortgage rate dropped 1 basis point to 3.83% this week for borrowers willing to pay 0.7 discount points plus a full set of closing costs.
The 15-year fixed rate mortgage also set a mortgage rate record, registering 3.05% with an accompanying 0.7 discount plus closing costs.
Discount points are a one-time, up-front closing cost, based on loan size. 0.7 discount points is equal to 0.7% of the borrowed amount. A home buyer in Allen opening a $200,000 mortgage and paying 0.7 discount points, therefore, would be subject to a one-time $1,400 fee paid at closing.
Borrowers wanting to avoid paying discount points can expect higher mortgage rates than Freddie Mac’s reported national average.
Falling mortgage rates are nothing new throughout Texas. Since peaking in February 2011, mortgage rates of all types have been in steady decline. The 30-year fixed rate mortgage has shed 122 basis points since that date, falling from 5.05%; the 15-year fixed rate mortgage has shed 124 basis points, falling from 4.29%.
Low mortgage rates give today’s home buyers additional purchasing power, stretching home affordability to new heights.
Low rates also help existing homeowners to lower monthly mortgage payments. For example, as compared to mortgage rates just 15 months ago, homeowners refinancing into today’s 30-year fixed rate mortgage stand to save 13.4 percent on their respective mortgage payments.
A comparison :
- February 2011 : $539.88 principal + interest per $100,000 borrowed
- May 2012 : $467.67 principal + interest per $100,000 borrowed
A homeowner with a $300,000 mortgage at February 2011 30-year fixed rate mortgage rates would save $2,600 annually with a refinance to this week’s low rates. Even accounting for discount points and closing costs, the “break-even point” on savings like that comes relatively quickly.
Mortgage rates can’t be predicted so there’s no guarantee of low rates forever. If today’s rates meet your budget, consider locking something in. Speak with your loan officer about your options.