Mortgage Rate Update 8/14/09

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Tame inflation data, strong demand for the Treasury auctions, and a lack of surprises from the Fed were all positive for mortgage markets, and mortgage rates ended the week lower.

As expected, the Fed held the fed funds rate steady on Wednesday, and its statement contained few changes. The Fed suggested that economic activity is “leveling out”, rather than continuing to decline, and the Fed expects that inflation will remain subdued due to unused capacity in the economy. Of note, the Fed decided not to increase its $300 billion Treasury purchase program, which will end in October. No changes were announced for the $1.25 billion mortgage-backed securities (MBS) purchase program, which is set to conclude at the end of the year. Mortgage rates are largely determined by MBS prices, and the added Fed demand for MBS has helped keep mortgage rates low. Investors will soon need to hear what the Fed plans to do with the MBS purchase program. The direction the Fed chooses could have a significant impact on mortgage rates later in the year.

The economic data released during the week was favorable for mortgage rates. The July Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation data was unchanged from June, and Core CPI, which excludes food and energy, rose at a tame 1.5% annual rate. Current inflation levels are not a cause of concern for investors. July Retail Sales dropped slightly from June. Excluding autos, the results fell well short of expectations.

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Here are this week’s rates:

Friday, August 14th, 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 = 5.250% APR = 5.530%

15 yr conforming fixed: rate = 4.750% APR = 4.990%

7/1 yr conforming ARM: rate = 5.125% APR = 5.425%

5/1 yr conforming ARM: rate = 4.750% APR = 5.122%

30 yr FHA Fixed : rate = 5.250% APR = 5.493%

30 yr CHFA w/ 1 pt : rate = 5.125% APR = 5.488%

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

30 yr jumbo fixed: rate = 5.750% APR = 6.022%

15 yr jumbo fixed: rate = 5.500% APR = 5.725%

7/1 yr jumbo ARM: rate = 5.125% APR =5.405%

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CHFA (Connecticut Housing Finance Authority) rates for the week of August 13 – 19, 2009

Homebuyer Mortgage Plan:
Interest rate: 5.125 % (APR range 5.225 – 5.625%)
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 .

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

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