Mortgage Rate Update 1/30/09

Mortgage rates are still at record lows, but they are edging up. The most troubling issue is that bank mortgage rates are moving counter to market data, meaning that mortgage banks and lenders are not passing on gains in credit market rate declines. This creates artificial tightening in consumer (mortgage) credit, as well as unpredictability in forecasting mortgage rates. It also runs counter to Federal Reserve and US government policy desires. This will make for some volatility and erratic moves in mortgage rates.  A majority of financial experts look for rates to decrease slightly over the next 30 days.

For expert assistance with your financing needs, call our in-house mortgage executive, Rick Cannavaro, at (203) 672-2706.

Here are this week’s rates:

Friday, January 30th, 2009

All rate quotes are for a 60-day lock with 1 point, 20% down payment

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

30 yr conforming fixed: rate = 5.125% APR = 5.288%

15 yr conforming fixed: rate = 4.625% APR = 4.899%

7/1 yr conforming ARM: rate = 5.375% APR = 5.825%

5/1 yr conforming ARM: rate = 5.000% APR = 5.392%

30 yr FHA Fixed : rate = 5.250% APR = 5.605%

30 yr CHFA w/ 1 pt : rate = 5.125% APR = 5.375%


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

30 yr jumbo fixed: rate = 5.750% APR = 6.229%

15 yr jumbo fixed: rate = 5.375% APR = 5.936%

7/1 yr jumbo ARM: rate = **** APR = ****


CHFA (Connecticut Housing Finance Authority) rates for the week of January 29 – February 4th, 2009

Homebuyer Mortgage Plan:
Interest rate: 5.125 % (APR range 5.225 – 6.625%)
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: 5.125 % (APR range 5.225 – 5.625%)
Fees: Up to $200 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 .

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