The Home Buyer's Korner

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November 7th, 2014

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Average Mortgage Rates for Nov 06, 2014


Mortgage rates under 4 percent were short lived and back to the highest level in a month.  If economic news from the U.S. remains positive they could edge ever higher.  The short drop a few weeks ago was due to concerns over global economic growth, but now seems like a distant memory, but we’ll take a moment to look back nonetheless.

Early October brought us average rate on the 30-year fixed conforming mortgage ($417,000 or less) below that psychologically significant 4 percent level. Today it’s back just above that at 4.02 percent.

While the drop itself wasn’t huge, it created a flurry of home refinancing activity with applications jumping more than 20 percent in just one week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.  There had been a common myth was that anyone who could benefit by refinancing did so over a year ago, when rates were in the lower 3 percent range.  

The drop in rates however did little to push potential home buyers off the fence. Purchase mortgage applications actually fell along with the lower average and then rose this week, after rates had begun to climb higher following the FOMC Statement released last week. Conventional wisdom is that only when mortgage rates rise do home buyers fear an interest rate surge and get off the fence or worry they missed the boat.   A monthly survey of real estate agents by Credit Suisse found the recent move in lower average rates didn’t drive demand, but could change over time if low mortgage rates persist. It’s worth noting that Wall Street had been forecasting for the past year that at the end of Quantitative Easing, which happened in October rates would be at 5 percent. That prediction didn’t pan out and may have pushed demand forward, which would explain why current low rates didn’t boost an increase in purchase mortgage applications.

Today’s home buyers aren’t about mortgage rates however; it’s all about price and supply and the two are inextricably linked.  Both have been moving more dramatically and home buyers are either having sticker shock or can’t find what they want.

As the housing recovery continues to pick up momentum would-be home buyers and seller need to keep in close contact with their real estate agent as prices and inventory are changing by the moment.



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