Mortgage rates are falling fast, and they could sink even lower reports Mortgage News Daily. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage now averages 3.34%, a rate last reached in 2012 and briefly in 2016. That is for borrowers with strong financials and credit scores.
As coronavirus fears hit financial markets, U.S. bond yields are tanking, pushing mortgage rates that loosely follow the 10-year Treasury yield toward an eight-year low. They could sink even lower.
“When rates fall this quickly, it’s not so much that big banks draw the line on mortgage rates, but rather, the underlying mortgage backed securities market refuses to improve as quickly as the Treasury market,” Matthew Graham, chief operating officer at Mortgage News Daily, explained to CNBC. Mortgages become less valuable to investors if they get paid off too quickly.”
And those payoffs, or refinances, are surging right now. Applications to refinance a home loan are up around 165% annually, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.
Mortgage applications to purchase a home have not been as strong, due to the severe shortage of homes for sale. Builders, however, may be getting a boost, especially those putting up more affordable homes.
GOOD NEWS FOR ENTRY-LEVEL BUYERS
Falling rates help loosen up a tight market. When rates rise, homeowners are more likely to stay put because they don’t want to take on bigger mortgages. But when loan costs fall, buyers on the fence get motivated to trade up. And that frees up entry-level homes for eager first-timers.
People shopping for homes will likely see lower rates in the coming weeks as the 10- year hits new lows, according to Bankrate.com. For existing mortgage borrowers, another drop in rates might clear the path for refinancing.
“The refinancing door has blown open with mortgage rates continuing to fall amid fears of slower global economic growth,” Greg McBride, CFA, Bankrate chief financial analyst says. “This helps those looking to refinance a mortgage as well as would-be homebuyers .”
BUYERS TRADE UP
If you are ready to buy the downturn interest rates can be a big win. One result of falling borrowing costs is that buyers are able to afford bigger mortgages. Those seeking pricier properties are acting now because their choices are increasing, and profits from selling their current home can fund the down payment on the next one.
To take full advantage of lower interest rates, the key is to be prepared. Be sure to choose the right Real Estate Professional to make sure all the details of a transaction are complete. Make sure to have your pay stubs, tax returns, bank statements, and other necessary documents together so there is no delay in processing. Delays could be costly when there is no guarantee how long low interest rates will last.
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