Mortgage Rate Update 8/7/09


With just minor exceptions, all of the economic data released this week beat the consensus forecast, indicating that the economy is improving more quickly than expected. While current inflation levels remain low, faster economic growth generally leads to higher future inflation, which is negative for mortgage rates. As a result, mortgage rates ended the week higher.

Early in the week, stronger than expected manufacturing and housing data convinced economists to revise higher their forecasts for economic growth, and Friday’s Employment data supported the improved economic outlook. Against a consensus forecast for a loss of -300K jobs, the economy lost -247K jobs in July, and the May and June data was revised to show fewer job losses as well. This was the 19th straight month of job declines, but it was the smallest level of losses since August 2008. The July Unemployment Rate fell to 9.4% from 9.5% in June, its first decline in 15 months. In addition, wages and the length of the average workweek increased. Overall, this report revealed unexpected improvement in nearly every area.

This week’s housing market data also came in stronger than expected. June Pending Home Sales rose 4%, the fifth consecutive monthly increase. Pending Home Sales are a leading indicator for future housing market activity, meaning that Existing and New Home Sales reports may show improvement in coming months. According to the chief economist of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), affordable home prices, low mortgage rates, and a rush to take advantage of the $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit have helped increase home sales.

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Here are this week’s rates:

Friday, August 7th, 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 = 5.625% APR = 5.800%

15 yr conforming fixed: rate = 5.000% APR = 5.240%

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 = 5.375% APR = 5.553%

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


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%


CHFA (Connecticut Housing Finance Authority) rates for the week of August 6 – 12, 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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