Mortgage Rate Run-Up Runs Out of Steam

Freddie Mac released its weekly update on national mortgage rates this morning, and it looks like the sharp price run-up of recent weeks is finally taking a breather.

Thirty-year fixed rate mortgages (FRM) edged down five basis points this week, falling to 3.93%, while 15-year FRMs showed a steeper six-basis-point drop to 3.04%. Among variable-rate products, 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgages held steady at 2.79%, while one-year ARMs slipped one basis point to 2.57%.

Commenting on today's news, Freddie Mac Chief Economist Frank Nothaft said market participants were cautious this week while awaiting the Federal Reserve's updated monetary policy announcement. "The Fed stated that economic growth has been expanding at a moderate pace and that labor market conditions have shown further improvement, although the unemployment rate remains elevated," Nothaft is quoted as saying. In conjunction with low inflation levels, Nothaft noted this all adds up to "the Fed will continue its bond-buying program at the current pace and maintain its highly accommodative monetary policy stance."

This in turn suggests interest rates will remain low, and appears to have curbed the spike in mortgage rates rising on fears of worse news.

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  • Report this Comment On June 21, 2013, at 12:51 AM, Jacabardo wrote:

    The rate on a 20% down 30 year fixed conventional went up to about 4 5/8 today from 4 1/4 yesterday....it was a blood bath in the MBS market. Your article mentions waiting for the fed announcement, which happened Wednesday. Since the Fed announcement rates are up about 1/2 to 5/8...

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