Mortgage Rate Update 11/13/09


Since the Fed meeting on Wednesday of last week, mortgage rates have improved a little each day. There was no major economic data released during the week, and even a weak 30-yr Treasury auction on Thursday failed to stall the rally in mortgage markets. As a result, mortgage rates ended the week moderately lower.

At their last meeting, the Fed indicated that monetary policy would remain on hold for quite a while. While the Fed acknowledged that it will eventually have to raise the fed funds rate, the message was clear that rate hikes are still a long way off. A series of Fed speakers this week elaborated upon their current thinking. A solid majority of Fed officials feel that the economy is still too fragile and the labor market is too weak to begin to raise rates. Confirmation that rate hikes are a long way off encouraged investors to purchase stocks and mortgage-backed securities (MBS), and both equity markets and mortgage markets have performed very well since the Fed’s announcement.

On Friday of last week, President Obama signed into law an expanded Homebuyer Tax Credit bill, which extended the deadlines and added a new $6,500 credit. Several provisions in the bill became effective immediately. Homebuyers who owned their primary residence for five out of the last eight years can claim the $6,500 tax credit for purchases made after November 6th. In addition, the extended income limits in the bill are now applicable for both first-time homebuyers and repeat homebuyers. The extended income limit for couples filing jointly is now $225,000, with the credit phased out over the next $20,000 in income. These new limits cannot be applied retroactively to deals completed before November 7th.

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Here are this week’s rates:

Friday, November 13th, 2009

All rate quotes are for a 60-day lock with 0 points, 5% down payment, and a 720 FICO score.

Conforming limits are up to a $417,000 loan limit*

30 yr conforming fixed: rate = 5.000% APR = 5.282%

15 yr conforming fixed: rate = 4.750% APR = 4.954%

7/1 yr conforming ARM: rate = 4.875% APR = 5.225%

5/1 yr conforming ARM: rate = 4.375% APR = 4.614%

30 yr FHA Fixed : rate = 5.000 APR = 5.345%

30 yr CHFA w/ 1 pt : rate = 4.625% APR = 5.193%


Jumbo loan limits range from $417,001 to $1,000,000*

30 yr jumbo fixed: rate = 5.500% APR = 5.752%

15 yr jumbo fixed: rate = 5.125% APR = 5.457%

7/1 yr jumbo ARM: rate = 4.875% APR =5.225%


CHFA (Connecticut Housing Finance Authority) rates for the week of November 12 – November 18 , 2009

Homebuyer Mortgage Plan:
Interest rate: 4.625 % (APR range 4.725 – 5.125%)
Fees: Up to One Point (1% Origination Fee) * Payable to Lender
Term – 30 years, fixed rate

Downpayment Assistance Program (DAP)
(Rate listed is for DAP loans with Homebuyer Mortgage Program financing.)

Interest rate: 4.625 % (APR range 4.725 – 5.125%)
Fees: Up to $2000 Application Fee * Payable to Lender
Term – 30 years, fixed rate

(NOTE: If at any time the interest rate for the Homebuyer Mortgage Program exceeds 6%, the DAP interest rate will be capped at 6%.)

* Additional fees may apply

*Conforming loan limits listed above are for a single-family owner occupied residence.
Courtesy of
The Harriman Team and William Raveis Mortgage

*All rates are subject to change. Minimum down payment and credit score requirements may apply. All information provided is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed and should be independently verified .

William Raveis Real Estate, 465 S. Main St., Cheshire, CT 06410

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