Mortgage Rate Update 8/21/09

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Strong manufacturing and housing sector data contributed to a rally in the stock market this week. This would ordinarily push mortgage rates higher, but the strong economic news was offset by tame PPI inflation data and a significant increase in Fed purchases of mortgage-backed securities (MBS), leading to a small decline in mortgage rates during the week.

The national housing market data released this week was positive. July Existing Home Sales rose 7% from June, to the highest level since August 2007, and were 5% higher than one year ago. This marked the fourth straight monthly increase. Taking advantage of the $8,000 tax credit, first-time homebuyers accounted for 30% of all transactions. Inventories of unsold homes held steady from June at a 9.4-month supply.

In addition, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Housing Market index rose to the highest level since June 2008, indicating an improvement in home builder confidence. The NAHB also reported that housing affordability during the second quarter of 2009 remained near record levels. The improvement in home builder confidence was reflected in a fifth consecutive month of increased single-family housing starts in July. High affordability, low interest rates, and the first-time homebuyer tax credit combined to improve sentiment and stimulate housing market activity.

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Here are this week’s rates:

Friday, August 21st, 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 = 4.500% APR = 5.014%

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 20 – 26, 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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