Mortgage Rates Decline but Will Increase In the Coming Months and Years

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Average mortgage rates today are lower but will move higher in the coming months and years. Current 30 year conforming mortgage rates are averaging 3.92 percent, down from last week's average rate of 3.97 percent. 30 year mortgage rates dropped to a 20 month low of 3.73 percent in January.

Mortgage rates are only 20 basis points higher from the January low but the increase has already zapped refinancing demand. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) announced mortgage applications for refinancing decreased 8 percent in their latest MBA Survey.
Loan Type
Purchase    Refinance
Location
State/City    Zip Code
Loan Amt Points FICO % Down
  
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30 yr fixed refi in 23223, All points, Credit score: 740+     Sort by:
Lender
APR
Rate
Cost & Fees
Notes
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Bank of America
Bank of America
300000
Refinance
4.341
4.250
USD
Bank of America
4.341%
1/16/2019
4.250%
at 0.644 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,475.82
Fees in APR: $1,289
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Apple Federal Credit Union
Apple Federal Credit Union
300000
Refinance
4.596
4.500
USD
Apple Federal Credit Union
4.596%
1/16/2019
4.500%
at 1.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,520.06
Fees in APR: $352
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Fulton Bank, NA
Fulton Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
4.697
4.625
USD
Fulton Bank, NA
4.697%
1/15/2019
4.625%
at 0.500 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $1,007
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Virginia Credit Union
Virginia Credit Union
300000
Refinance
4.579
4.500
USD
Virginia Credit Union
4.579%
1/15/2019
4.500%
at 0.375 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,520.06
Fees in APR: $1,650
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Citizens Bank, NA
Citizens Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
4.687
4.625
USD
Citizens Bank, NA
4.687%
1/18/2019
4.625%
at 0.250 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $1,408
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Santander Bank, N.A.
Santander Bank, N.A.
300000
Refinance
4.683
4.625
USD
Santander Bank, N.A.
4.683%
1/18/2019
4.625%
at 0.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $2,004
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from LincolnWay Community Bank
LincolnWay Community Bank
300000
Refinance
4.406
4.375
USD
LincolnWay Community Bank
4.406%
1/15/2019
4.375%
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,497.86
Fees in APR: $1,085
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from State Department Federal Credit Union
State Department Federal Credit Union
300000
Refinance
4.557
4.500
USD
State Department Federal Credit Union
4.557%
1/14/2019
4.500%
at 0.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,520.06
Fees in APR: $2,000
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Northwest Federal Credit Union
Northwest Federal Credit Union
300000
Refinance
4.692
4.625
USD
Northwest Federal Credit Union
4.692%
1/17/2019
4.625%
at 0.750 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $79
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Bank of Oak Ridge
Bank of Oak Ridge
300000
Refinance
4.420
4.375
USD
Bank of Oak Ridge
4.420%
1/17/2019
4.375%
at 0.250 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,497.86
Fees in APR: $853
 
 

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Mortgage rates are forecast to move higher in 2015, by the end of the year average 30 year rate is expected to be around 5.00 percent. Rates will increase this year because bond yields are forecast to move higher because the Federal Reserve is expected to increases the federal funds rate.

The Federal Reserve will start tightening monetary policy by increasing the federal funds rate probably starting in June. Mortgage rates are not directly tied to the federal funds rate but will move higher when the rate is increased.

Most mortgage lenders set mortgage rates based on U.S. Treasury yields. When the fed funds rate is increased, Treasury yields move higher, which forces lenders to increase their lending rates.

Average Mortgage Rates TodayCurrent mortgage rates on 15 year conforming loans are averaging 3.00 percent, a decline from last week's average 15 year mortgage rate of 3.08 percent. 15 year rates are not far from the 20 month low of 2.96 percent set in January. By the end of this year 15 year refinance rates are expected to hit 4.00 percent.

Today's 30 year jumbo mortgage rates are averaging 4.23 percent, a sharp decline from the prior week's average 30 year jumbo rate of 4.37 percent. 30 year jumbo refinance rates are also expected to head towards 5.00 percent of the end of 2015.

15 year jumbo rates are currently averaging 4.06 percent, down 9 basis points from the previous week's average of 4.15 percent. The 17 basis point spread between average 30 year and 15 year jumbo rates is the lowest it has ever been. By the end of 2015 average 15 year jumbo rates will be between 4.60 percent and 4.80 percent.

Average 5 year conforming adjustable mortgage rates are at 3.48 percent today, up from last week's average 5 year adjustable rate of 3.44 percent. 5 year adjustable refinance rates are expected to hit 4.00 percent by the end of this year.

5 year jumbo adjustable mortgage rates are slightly higher today at 3.66 percent, up 1 basis point from last week's average rate. 5 year adjustable jumbo refi rates are also expected to be around 4.00 percent by the end of 2015.

The current cycle of higher mortgage rates and refinance rates is expected to last for at least a few years. If you're thinking about buying a home this year is probably as good as time as any in recent memory. Mortgage rates are still low and housing prices in many markets are still below the bubble peak of 2006/2007.

If you're in a position to refinance you should do so sooner in 2015 than later. Refinancing to a shorter term loan, like a 15 year loan instead of a 30 year loan, is an even smarter decision. You can save tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in mortgage interest by getting a shorter term loan.
 
Author: Brian McKay
March 2nd, 2015