Mortgage Rates Drop Again as FOMC Continues Tapering

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Mortgage analysts were expecting higher mortgage rates in 2014 because of the tapering of purchases by the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). Everyone expected mortgage rates to move higher when the FOMC started slowing their monthly purchases of mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and long term U.S. Treasuries.

The Fed has slowed their monthly purchases to $45 billion a month this month, down from $85 billion a month last year. So far this year average 30 year conforming mortgage rates have fallen from 4.55 percent to today's average rate of 4.20 percent. Average 15 year conforming mortgage rate have also fallen from 3.57 percent to 3.25 percent. These lower mortgage rates are great news if you're buying a home or if you're refinancing a mortgage.
Loan Type
Purchase    Refinance
Location
State/City    Zip Code
Loan Amt Points FICO % Down
  
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30 yr fixed refi in 06101, All points, Credit score: 740+     Sort by:
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30 yr fixed Mortgage Loan from Better.com
Better.com
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300000
Refinance
4.125
4.125
USD
Better.com Logo
NMLS # 330511
State Lic # ML-330511
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,453.95
Fees in APR: None
Thank you for your quote. 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Savings Bank of Danbury
Savings Bank of Danbury
300000
Refinance
4.397
4.375
USD
Savings Bank of Danbury
4.397%
4/19/2019
4.375%
at 0.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,497.86
Fees in APR: $790
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from TD Bank, NA
TD Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
4.154
4.125
USD
TD Bank, NA
4.154%
4/16/2019
4.125%
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,453.95
Fees in APR: $1,043
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Bank of America
Bank of America
300000
Refinance
4.365
4.250
USD
Bank of America
4.365%
4/15/2019
4.250%
at 0.903 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,475.82
Fees in APR: $1,351
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from First National Bank of Omaha
First National Bank of Omaha
300000
Refinance
4.575
4.500
USD
First National Bank of Omaha
4.575%
4/19/2019
4.500%
at 0.625 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,520.06
Fees in APR: $752
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Citizens Bank, NA
Citizens Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
4.403
4.375
USD
Citizens Bank, NA
4.403%
4/19/2019
4.375%
at 0.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,497.86
Fees in APR: $998
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from The Washington Trust Company
The Washington Trust Company
300000
Refinance
4.155
4.125
USD
The Washington Trust Company
4.155%
4/16/2019
4.125%
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,453.95
Fees in APR: $1,083
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Santander Bank, N.A.
Santander Bank, N.A.
300000
Refinance
4.557
4.500
USD
Santander Bank, N.A.
4.557%
4/19/2019
4.500%
at 0.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,520.06
Fees in APR: $2,004
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from LincolnWay Community Bank
LincolnWay Community Bank
300000
Refinance
4.155
4.125
USD
LincolnWay Community Bank
4.155%
4/16/2019
4.125%
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,453.95
Fees in APR: $1,085
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from The Guilford Savings Bank
The Guilford Savings Bank
300000
Refinance
4.291
4.250
USD
The Guilford Savings Bank
4.291%
4/19/2019
4.250%
at 0.250 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,475.82
Fees in APR: $719
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Liberty Bank
Liberty Bank
300000
Refinance
4.169
4.125
USD
Liberty Bank
4.169%
4/19/2019
4.125%
at 0.250 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,453.95
Fees in APR: $814
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from UniBank for Savings
UniBank for Savings
300000
Refinance
4.536
4.500
USD
UniBank for Savings
4.536%
4/19/2019
4.500%
at 0.250 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,520.06
Fees in APR: $500
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Union Savings Bank
Union Savings Bank
300000
Refinance
4.399
4.375
USD
Union Savings Bank
4.399%
4/12/2019
4.375%
at 0.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,497.86
Fees in APR: $852
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from United Bank
United Bank
300000
Refinance
4.276
4.250
USD
United Bank
4.276%
4/16/2019
4.250%
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,475.82
Fees in APR: $911
 
 

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For example, compare the difference between taking out a 30 year loan for $500,000 at 4.00 percent versus 4.50 percent. A rate difference of 0.50 percent lowers your monthly mortgage payment by about $150. Mortgage rates are expected to head towards 5.00 percent by the end of 2014, so in this example the same $500,000 mortgage at 5.00 percent will cost $300 more a month.

As mortgage rates move higher, the dollar amount you quality for moves lower. There are monthly debt-to-income ratios that determine how much you quality for. Your monthly fixed expenses, housing costs, car payments, credit card payments, etc., can't exceed 43 percent to 45 percent of your gross income. In short, the longer you wait to buy a home, the less home you can afford.

When refinancing a mortgage loan to another loan with the same term, it makes financial sense if the new rate is at least 1.00 percent lower. How long you plan to stay in your home is also a factor to consider when refinancing. There are upfront costs when refinancing but you can recoup those costs by having a lower monthly mortgage payment. You have to plan on living in the home long enough to recoup the refinancing costs. You can use a mortgage calculator to see what options make the most sense for you.

Following is a list of average mortgage rates and the lowest mortgage rates available today.

Average Mortgage Rates Today

  • 30 Year Fixed Conforming Rate 4.200%

  • 15 Year Fixed Conforming Rate 3.250%

  • 30 Year Fixed Jumbo Rate 4.580%

  • 5/1 Year ARM Conforming Rate 3.270%

  • 5/1 Year ARM Jumbo Rate 3.430%


Lowest Conforming Mortgage Rates Today

  • 30 Year Rates 3.75%

  • 15 Year Rates 2.75%

  • 3/1 Year Rates 1.99%

  • 5/1 Adjustable Rates 2.375%

  • 7/1 Adjustable Rates 2.625%

  • 10/1 Adjustable Rates 3.125%


Lowest Jumbo Mortgage Rates Today

  • 30 Year Rates 3.875%

  • 15 Year Rates 3.25%

  • 3/1 Year Rates 1.99%

  • 5/1 Adjustable Rates 2.25%

  • 7/1 Adjustable Rates 2.875%

  • 10/1 Adjustable Rates 3.375%


 
 
Author: Brian McKay
May 9th, 2014