Mortgage Rate Update 4/12/10

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Although this week’s economic data was generally stronger than expected, it was overshadowed by solid demand for the Treasury auctions and intensified concerns about the economic situation in Greece, which helped mortgage markets. After reaching the highest levels since August, mortgage rates ended a little lower than where they ended last week.

Recent increases in yields on long-term fixed-rate securities such as 10-yr Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities (MBS) appeared to have been sufficient to attract investors. Very strong demand from both foreign and domestic investors for Wednesday’s 10-yr auction pushed Treasury yields lower, and mortgage rates followed. Increasing the appeal, renewed worries about the fiscal situation in Greece caused investors to seek the safety of US securities. Comforting statements from Fed officials that they expect inflation to remain low for a long time also added to the demand.

In the housing sector, February Pending Home Sales jumped 8% from January, far exceeding the consensus forecast. Pending Home Sales are a leading indicator of housing market activity. The chief economist of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) considered the data to be a potential sign of a “second surge of home sales this spring”. To receive the homebuyer tax credit, contracts must be signed by the end of April, which likely boosted the results for February. As buyers seek to take advantage of the program, March and April pending sales may show strength as well.

For expert assistance with your financing needs, call Michele Poulin, Retail Sales Manager at Wells Fargo, (203) 440-3745.

Here are this week’s rates:

Monday, April 12th, 2010

All rate quotes are for a 60-day lock with 0 points and a 720 FICO score.

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

30 yr conforming fixed: rate = 5.125% APR = 5.318%

15 yr conforming fixed: rate = 4.375% APR = 4.700%

5/1 yr conforming FHA ARM: rate = 3.750% APR = 3.384%

5/1 yr conforming ARM: rate = 3.875% APR = 3.647%

30 yr FHA Fixed : rate = 5.250 APR = 6.028%

30 yr CHFA w/ 1 pt : rate = 4.500% APR = (see below)

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CHFA (Connecticut Housing Finance Authority) rates for the week of April 8 – 14 , 2010

Homebuyer Mortgage Plan:

Interest rate: 4.500 % (APR range 4.600 – 5.000%)

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: 4.500 % (APR range 4.600 – 5.000%)

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 Harriman Real Estate LLC and Wells Fargo Home 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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