Mortgage Rate Update 4/5/10

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Stronger than expected Employment data and the end of the Fed’s MBS purchase program were negative for mortgage markets. Mortgage rates ended the week at the highest levels since January.

Investors viewed Friday’s Employment report as positive for the economy, which means it was bad news for mortgage markets, and mortgage rates climbed after its release. Against a consensus forecast of 200K, the economy added 162K jobs in March, the highest level since March 2007. The Unemployment Rate remained at 9.7%. While the headline number fell a little short, other aspects of the data displayed a larger degree of unexpected strength. Hiring of census workers, a temporary boost, added just 48K jobs, which was far less than expected. Revisions to data from prior months added 62K jobs. The separate employment survey used to calculate the unemployment rate, which includes smaller companies, showed a higher level of job gains in March.

To support the economy, the Fed has purchased almost $1.25 trillion of MBS since the start of 2009, but the MBS purchase program ended on March 31. Forecasts for the impact on mortgage rates of reduced demand for MBS varied from slight to as much as a one percent rise. While mortgage rates rose this week, yields in other bond markets posted comparable increases, meaning that the effect of the end of the MBS purchase program was close to the lower end of the estimated range this week.

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 5th, 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 = 5.250% APR = 5.444%

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 = 3.564%

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 1 – 7 , 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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