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Mortgage rates dropped all of April, what happened?

Ever since the November presidential election, we heard all of the catchy phrases which meant mortgage rates are going up… “Trump Bump”, “Trump Trade”.   The benchmark, 10 year US Treasury yield has moved from 1.78% pre-election to as high as 2.60% in less than 4 months.

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Then, April came… Now fears of the “Trump Trade Fade”, and the “Trump Bump Dump” have really just normalized the rate movement to more sane levels. Add some global uncertainty, and that’s how we have seen a great amount of downward movement in mortgage rates in April, and it’s happened without much notice.
 
Translation for the homeowner – With this recent drop in rates, how would refinancing benefit me?
– You have a rate in the 4’s with mortgage insurance on a 30 year or in the 3’s on a 15 year.
– You have any other consumer debt where consolidation makes sense.
 – You may have seen your credit card rates and other lines of credit increase recently due to rate increases by the Federal Reserve which act independently from mortgage rates.
Again, as always, if you ever want to find out if a refinance makes sense for you — that conversation is always FREE!
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I Didn’t get the Cash Out I Wanted on My Mortgage Refinance, What can I do?

I Didn’t get the Cash Out I Wanted on My Mortgage RefinanceSo those borrowers who would like to refinance and pull “Cash Out” of your home but were turned down or told the home didn’t appraise for enough, there are some options which you can do fairly quickly to change your outcome.

1. Increase your credit score.

Often, lenders have a limitation on how much cash they can lend, many times, it may be due to credit score. For example, you may be able to borrower up 70% of your home’s value at a 640 score on a conventional loan, but if you have above a 700+ score, you may be able to go up to 85%

2. Apply for a renovation loan.

Many borrowers just want the cash for home improvement, unaware that a renovation loan is what they need. In some cases a renovation loan appraisal can yield a much higher value because it can value the home, “subject to” the improvements being done which is rare. Due to the their technical nature, a renovation loan isn’t common. However, they can be well worth it, with the right circumstances.

3. Apply for a HELOC

A HELOC is a Home Equity Line Of Credit. This is technically a 2nd mortgage but has a lot more flexibility to pull cash out and repay. They also can go to a higher Loan-To-Value than most other products.

So, what do you do if this is you? Like anything when you are dealing with professional services…get a second opinion and ask them about any of the above options.

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The Fed Raised Rates….Why Did Mortgage Rates Drop?

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The U.S. Federal Reserve raised its key, Federal Reserve Funds Rate (Fed Funds) .25% on Monday, March 13th, 2017 for the second time this year, citing economic growth, job gains and confidence.

Then the mortgage market did something odd. Mortgage rates dropped. The yield on the 10 year US treasury peaked at 2.60% the day the FOMC chair, Janet Yellen announced the Federal Reserve would raise its key Fed Funds rate to 1.00%, from .75%.

The reason? Consumer debt gets pricing from DC and mortgages get their pricing from Wall Street. Fed Funds is the interest rate the Federal Reserve changes its member banks for short term loans. There is no direct correlation between the Federal Reserve raising rates and mortgage rates.

So in other words, Fed Funds going up has an effect on your credit card rates and consumer loan rates, rates tied to the prime lending rate, but not mortgage rates.

So what do I do if I’m in the mortgage market? The best indicator of mortgage rates is the yield on the 10 year US Treasury which can be found here https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/%5ETNX?p=^TNX

Why We Should Stop Panicking over Rising Mortgage Rates

We all knew the day would come when mortgage rates would rise. Last month when Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke hinted the Fed might begin backing off its monthly quantitative easing, mortgage rates climbed up well over 4%. This has many potential and existing homeowners who had been considering purchasing a home or refinancing one in a panic and under the misconception that it’s too late to do so. Last month refinancing applications dropped 3.4% and home purchases fell 3%. But the truth is there’s no reason to panic since home financing is still extremely affordable at today’s interest rates.Continue reading