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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week : August 23, 2010

2010
08.23

Refi Boom stretches household dollarsMortgage markets stalled last week in back-and-forth trading as Wall Street grappled with weak housing data, falling builder confidence, and worsening jobs numbers nationwide.

Because markets were volatile, rate shopping was challenging.

Conforming mortgage rates did managed to make a new all-time low last Thursday but quickly gave up those gains. Most of Friday afternoon was spent in the red and, as a result, for the second straight week, mortgage rates failed to fall overall.

But, although last week’s action puts a damper on this summer’s mortgage rate rally, the Refi Boom is still going strong.

According to Freddie Mac, as compared to April 8 when mortgage rates touched their recent high-point, pricing is hugely improved across 3 popular loan products.

  • 30-year fixed : Then, 5.21%; Now, 4.42%
  • 15-year fixed : Then, 4.52%; Now, 3.90%
  • 5-year ARM : Then, 4.25%; Now, 3.56%

As an example of potential savings, a homeowner in Arizona with a $250,000 30-year fixed rate mortgage would save $96 per month at today’s rates as compared to April’s. 

Over the life of a loan, that’s a savings of $34,560.

This week, it’s unlikely that the Refi Boom will meet its end, but that doesn’t mean you should wait for rates to fall further. Mortgage rates tend to change quickly and without notice, and should rates rise, you may find that you’ve missed the market bottom.

If today’s rates appeal to your finances and budget, consider locking something in and moving forward.

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