Mortgage Rate Update 6/18/10

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Economic data moved mortgage rates this week. Slower than expected economic growth data and tame inflation figures were favorable for mortgage markets. As a result, mortgage rates ended the week lower.

Heading into a Fed meeting next week, the low inflation data released this week means that there is little pressure on the Fed to begin raising the fed funds rate. May Core Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rose at a 0.9% annual rate, the lowest level in four decades. Usually the major task of Fed officials is to prevent inflation from moving too high, but they are now concerned about the risk that inflation will drop too low. Fed officials are most comfortable when inflation remains in the 1.5% to 2.0% range. This also means that there is little inflationary pressure to push mortgage rates higher. Of course, with expectations set so low, if inflation were to surprisingly increase in coming months, it could cause a large reaction in mortgage markets.

Will the “close by” deadline to receive the Home Buyer Tax Credit be extended? The answer to this question is not known as of this Friday morning. The Senate has approved an amendment to a larger bill to do so, but the larger bill is still being debated and its passage is not certain. Extending the “close by” deadline will benefit qualifying home buyers who are not able to close by June 30, the original deadline. Extending the deadline sooner rather than later would help relieve some anxiety. Right now, people in all phases of the home buying process are working very long hours to close an unusually large number of purchases before the end of the month.

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:

Friday, June 18th, 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 = 4.875% APR = 5.065%

15 yr conforming fixed: rate = 4.250% APR = 4.573%

5/1 yr conforming FHA ARM: rate = 3.625% APR = 3.324%

5/1 yr conforming ARM: rate = 3.750% APR = 3.765%

30 yr FHA Fixed : rate = 4.875 APR = 5.630%

30 yr CHFA w/ 1 pt : rate = 4.375% APR = (see below)

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CHFA (Connecticut Housing Finance Authority) rates for the week of June 17 – June 23 , 2010

Homebuyer Mortgage Plan:

Interest rate: 4.250 % (APR range 4.350 – 4.750%)

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: 4.250 % (APR range 4.350 – 4.750%)

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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