Mortgage rate close to 3 year low. Contact our loan agent in San Ramon to qualify for refinancing your home loan.
Mortgage Rate Getting Close to 3-Year Low!
Mortgage rate moved lower, continuing the recent trend of improvement. Investors are feeling more cautious after Fed Chair Janet Yellen expressed a surprising amount of caution around the topic of hiking rates and providing economic accommodation. The Fed Funds Rate is a short-term rate that does not directly dictate mortgage rate. That said, easier monetary policy tends to benefit the longer term bonds that drive mortgage rates, unless those low Fed rates actually manage to juice the economy and perhaps even inflation.
But right now, nothing of the sort is happening. Several major financial firms sharply downgraded Q1 GDP forecasts today, as did the Atlanta Fed’s popular GDPNow model. Current forecasts are getting dangerously close to zero growth. Couple that with investor anxiety over the impending earnings season and there’s reason to worry about stock markets maintaining recent gains. If stocks happen to reverse course, the bond market is typically one of the beneficiaries, and that means mortgage rates would move lower.
Part of the recent move lower in mortgage rate is due to anticipation of just such a “sell stocks, buy bonds” trend–just like the one seen in the first 6 weeks of 2016. If stocks actually do move significantly lower, it’s highly likely that rates would follow. Even now, rates are already very close to the lowest levels in 3 years. In fact, since mid-May 2013, we’ve only seen rates any lower than today 2-3 times, depending on the lender. As for particulars, the most aggressive lenders are back to quoting 3.5% on top tier conventional 30yr fixed scenarios, with the bulk being at 3.625%. FHA rates have been pinned against the floor at 3.25% and aren’t likely to go lower any time soon due to the structure of the secondary market for FHA loans.
Contact our home loan agents in San Ramon to discuss if you can benefit from a mortgage refinancing.