Mortgage Rate Update 1/22/10

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While the economic data released this week had little impact, mortgage rates were heavily influenced by two big stories. One was an announcement that China will take steps to slow its economic growth and the other was President Obama’s proposed new restrictions on the activities of financial institutions. Both measures are expected to lead to slower economic growth in the US, which hurt the stock market but helped fixed income markets. As a result, mortgage rates ended a little lower.

During the week, China released a report showing that its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew at an 8.7% pace in 2009. Rapid growth generally leads to higher inflation. In an effort to slow its economy and prevent inflation, China announced that it is going to curb bank lending. China currently has the third largest economy and is responsible for a significant percentage of global economic growth, so the effects of a slowdown in China will be felt around the world. In the US, President Obama proposed to limit the size and activities of large banks to reduce the risks to the financial system as a whole. If passed by Congress, this too would lead to slower growth for many large US financial services firms. The potential for slower economic growth and the resulting reduction in inflationary pressures was favorable for mortgage rates.

To build capital and reduce risk, the FHA announced that it will raise insurance rates and tighten credit score requirements. The major changes include increasing upfront premiums from 1.75% to 2.25%, reducing the maximum seller contribution from 6% to 3%, and increasing the level of FICO scores from 500 to 580 below which a down payment of 10% is required. At this point, the expected timing of the upfront premium increase will be in the spring, and the other changes will take place over the summer.

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Here are this week’s rates:

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

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 = 4.875% APR = 5.134%

15 yr conforming fixed: rate = 4.375% APR = 4.662%

7/1 yr conforming ARM: rate = 4.250% APR = 4.641%

5/1 yr conforming ARM: rate = 3.875% APR = 4.227%

30 yr FHA Fixed : rate = 4.875 APR = 5.120%

30 yr CHFA w/ 1 pt : rate = 4.375% APR = 4.698%

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

30 yr jumbo fixed: rate = 5.625% APR = 6.010%

15 yr jumbo fixed: rate = 5.125% APR = 5.357%

7/1 yr jumbo ARM: rate = 4.750% APR =5.224%

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CHFA (Connecticut Housing Finance Authority) rates for the week of January 21 – 27 , 2010

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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