I am pleased to once again welcome Mortgage Banker Brian Cav, the creator of a mortgage blog called Smarterborrowing.com. Here’s his weekly mortgage market update, which I’m sure you’ll find interesting.
Mortgage pricing has gotten better over the past 24 to 48 hours, and the reason they have gotten better is non US related issues; Greece and economic uncertainty have kept US Mortgage Rates down over the past week. I would cautiously FLOAT over the next day or two and LOCK in before Fridays Unemployment numbers. Please try not to get to greedy on the beautiful Cinco De Mayo!
The 30 year conventional mortgage rate still remains in the 4.875% to 5.125% range for well qualified consumers. To secure a par interest rate on a conventional mortgage you must have a FICO credit score of 740 or higher, a loan to value at 80% or less and pay all closing costs including an estimated one point loan origination/discount. If you are seeking a 15 year term, you should expect par in the 4.25% to 4.50% range with similar costs but lower FICO score requirements.
FLOAT or LOCK
If I was closing on a Home Mortgage in the next 0 to 15 Days – LOCK
If I was closing on a Home Mortgage in the next 15 to 30 Days – LOCK
If I was closing on a Home Mortgage in the next 30 to 60 Days – FLOAT/LOCK
If I was closing on a Home Mortgage in the next 60+ FLOAT
This is only my opinion of what I would do if I were financing a home. It is only an opinion and cannot be guaranteed to be in the best interest of all/any other borrowers.