Mortgage Rates Plummet as Result of Turkish Currency Crisis

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Mortgage rates plummeted the past day because of the Turkish currency crisis. How can a currency crisis in another country cause U.S. mortgage rates to move lower you ask? The answer to that question is U.S. Treasuries.

The Turkish Lira fell by more than 18 percent against the U.S. Dollar on Friday to an all-time low, causing investors to seek the safety of U.S. Treasuries. As investors buy Treasuries, prices move higher and yields move lower. The decline in yields forced mortgage rates lower because lenders set mortgage rates based on 10 year Treasury yields.
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30 yr fixed refi in 23223, All points, Credit score: 740+     Sort by:
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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%
2/11/2019
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 LincolnWay Community Bank
LincolnWay Community Bank
300000
Refinance
4.406
4.375
USD
LincolnWay Community Bank
4.406%
2/12/2019
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 Northwest Federal Credit Union
Northwest Federal Credit Union
300000
Refinance
4.545
4.500
USD
Northwest Federal Credit Union
4.545%
2/13/2019
4.500%
at 0.500 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,520.06
Fees in APR: $79
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Bank of Oak Ridge
Bank of Oak Ridge
300000
Refinance
4.304
4.250
USD
Bank of Oak Ridge
4.304%
2/14/2019
4.250%
at 0.353 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,475.82
Fees in APR: $853
 
 
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%
2/15/2019
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 Raymond James Bank, NA
Raymond James Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
4.788
4.750
USD
Raymond James Bank, NA
4.788%
2/12/2019
4.750%
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,564.94
Fees in APR: $1,299
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Armed Forces Bank, N.A.
Armed Forces Bank, N.A.
300000
Refinance
4.904
4.875
USD
Armed Forces Bank, N.A.
4.904%
2/8/2019
4.875%
at 0.000 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,587.62
Fees in APR: $999
 
 
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%
2/13/2019
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 Bank of America
Bank of America
300000
Refinance
4.326
4.250
USD
Bank of America
4.326%
2/13/2019
4.250%
at 0.472 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,475.82
Fees in APR: $1,289
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from TD Bank, NA
TD Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
4.403
4.375
USD
TD Bank, NA
4.403%
2/8/2019
4.375%
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,497.86
Fees in APR: $982
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Citizens Bank, NA
Citizens Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
4.665
4.625
USD
Citizens Bank, NA
4.665%
2/15/2019
4.625%
at 0.000 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $1,408
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Virginia Credit Union
Virginia Credit Union
300000
Refinance
4.547
4.500
USD
Virginia Credit Union
4.547%
2/12/2019
4.500%
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,520.06
Fees in APR: $1,650
 
 
30 yr fixed mtg refi Mortgage Loan from Fulton Bank, NA
Fulton Bank, NA
300000
Refinance
4.686
4.625
USD
Fulton Bank, NA
4.686%
2/12/2019
4.625%
at 0.375 pts
60 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,542.42
Fees in APR: $1,007
 
 

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Mortgage Rates Plummet Because of Turkish Currency CrisisAverage 30 year mortgage rates were at 4.59 percent on Friday morning. As of Saturday morning, 30 year mortgage rates were down 18 basis points or .18 percent, averaging 4.41 percent. The single day decline of almost 4 percent is the largest move lower this year.

The sharp decline in mortgage rates is a positive development because mortgage rates have been moving higher all year long. At the beginning of 2018, average 30 year mortgage rates were just under 4.00 percent.

Mortgage rates are moving higher this year because the Federal Reserve has been increasing the fed funds rate, which has forced Treasury yields higher. 10 year Treasury yields started 2018 at 2.46 percent and hit a 2018 high of 3.00 percent on August 1st. Yields closed at 2.87 percent on Friday.

Mortgage Rates Plummet


In addition to 30 year rates falling sharply, conforming 15 year rates and jumbo mortgage rates are also lower. Current mortgage rates on 15 year conforming loans are averaging 3.80 percent, down from an average rate of 3.95 percent on Friday.

Mortgage rates today on 30 year jumbo loans are currently averaging 4.53 percent, a decline from an average rate of 4.56 percent. 15 year jumbo mortgage rates are averaging 4.45 percent, down from an average rate of 4.57 percent on Friday.
 
Author: Brian McKay
August 14th, 2018