Record Low Mortgage Rates Should Be Even Lower Analysts Say

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There was an interesting article in the New York Times DealBook section on banks offering mortgage rates higher than where they should be. We have all seen the headlines of record low mortgage rates and refinance rates week after week. Conforming mortgage rates and jumbo mortgage rates are all just above record lows today.

In the NYT's article "With Rates Low, Banks Increase Mortgage Profit" 30 year rates should be around 3.05 percent instead of 3.55 percent if banks were satisfied with the profits they made just a few years ago on underwriting mortgage loans. Current mortgage rates on 30 year conforming mortgage loans are averaging 3.61 percent in Bankrate's national mortgage rate survey.
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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APR
Rate
Cost & Fees
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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 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 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 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
 
 
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
 
 

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Mortgage loan providers acknowledge that they are making a ton of money right now from mortgage loans. They also say they can't afford to lower mortgage rates even more because of the higher expenses resulting from stiffer regulations.

This answer isn't a surprise since industry always blames government regulation on higher prices. Well maybe if lenders didn't offer no doc loans and sub-prime loans during the housing bubble, marking those loans as investment grade and selling high risk bad loans to investors.

Investors including the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Saddling the GSEs with billions of dollars in loses to the point they needed a bailout from the government. Now both Fannie and Freddie are reporting strong profits on these stricter regulations.

While the big banks might not be offering 30 year loans as low as 3.00 percent there are lenders that are. Searching 30 year mortgage rates today on our rate lists there are two lenders offering 30 year conforming rates as low as 3.13 percent. Aimloan.com and Amerisave are both offering rates where they should be according to analysts in the NY Times article.
 
Author: Brian McKay
August 12th, 2012