Mortgage Rate Update 12/11/09


This week’s economic news was mixed for mortgage markets. A speech from Fed Chief Bernanke pushed mortgage rates lower early in the week, but weak results in the Treasury auctions caused them to turn higher again later in the week. In the end, mortgage rates finished with little net change.

Despite a stronger than expected November Employment report released on Friday, December 4, Bernanke came out on Monday and repeated the Fed’s plans to maintain the fed funds rate at extremely low levels for an extended period of time. According to Bernanke, the Fed still expects the labor market to improve very slowly, so they are reluctant to remove monetary stimulus by raising rates. Fed officials believe that inflation will remain low for the next couple of years, meaning that there is little short-term pressure to raise rates.

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Here are this week’s rates:

Friday, December 11th, 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 = 5.240%

15 yr conforming fixed: rate = 4.375% APR = 4.542%

7/1 yr conforming ARM: rate = 4.375% APR = 4.641%

5/1 yr conforming ARM: rate = 4.000% APR = 4.354%

30 yr FHA Fixed : rate = 4.875 APR = 5.230%

30 yr CHFA w/ 1 pt : rate = 4.375% APR = 4.559%


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

30 yr jumbo fixed: rate = 5.250% APR = 5.452%

15 yr jumbo fixed: rate = 4.875% APR = 5.154%

7/1 yr jumbo ARM: rate = 4.625% APR =5.225%


CHFA (Connecticut Housing Finance Authority) rates for the week of December 10 – December 16 , 2009

Homebuyer Mortgage Plan:
Interest rate: 4.375 % (APR range 4.475 – 4.875%)
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: 4.375 % (APR range 4.475 – 4.875%)
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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