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Although it was the focus of yesterday's discussion, the ability of the mortgage market to hold steady in the face of bond market weakness continues to impress. This is interesting because mortgage rates take direct cues from the bond market. That's still the case, but at the moment, the mortgage side of the bond market is playing with a stacked deck. If Treasuries are only a little bit weaker on any given day (like today), mortgage bonds and mortgage rates have been consistently holding their ground or actually improving.
Today was more of a "ground-holding" sort of day, but it depends on how any given lender responded to yesterday's bond market weakness. Those who adjusted rates higher yesterday were generally in slightly better shape today. Those who abstained yesterday were offering slightly higher rates today.
Regardless of the movement, the average lender remains very close to all-time lows and well under 3% for most top tier conventional scenarios. Purchases offer the best rates, followed by no-cash-out refis. Adding a cash-out option takes the average rate closer to 3%, but it takes additional risk factors like non-owner occupancy, lower FICO, or lower equity to see quotes over 3%....(read more)
Like many industries, housing finance has a superficial layer that's fairly easy to understand for the average consumer. A person wants a home. They don't want to pay cash. They get a loan. Lower rates = lower payments. The end.
Shortly below that superficial layer of understanding, where a surprisingly high percentage of mortgage professionals operate, it's popular to discuss 10yr Treasury yields as a basis for mortgage rates. The only problem with viewing 10yr yields as the basis for mortgage rates is that they're not.
Anyone can observe this objective fact by jumping just a bit deeper into the rabbit hole and acquainting themselves with MBS (mortgage-backed securities). These are the true raw ingredients for mortgage rates even though they frequently mimic 10yr Treasury yield movement....(read more)
Although many mortgage lenders were technically open for business last Friday, it's a well-known unofficial holiday. Mortgage rate movement requires bond market movement, and the post-Thanksgiving Friday invariably sees fewer traders trading fewer bonds. Even when bonds do manage to move, the people in charge of setting mortgage rates at various lending institutions tend to play it safe. In fact, many lenders simply leave rates wherever they were on Wednesday and then simply plan on getting back to work on Monday.
This particular Monday, however, the average lender is still in line with Friday's and Wednesday's rates. Some of them offered lower rates in response to strength in the bond market today. Those who abstained are expected to offer token improvements tomorrow, assuming the bond market shows up tomorrow morning in roughly the same shape it is right now....(read more)
A refinance occurs when a business or person revises a payment schedule for repaying debt. Mechanically, the old loan is paid off and replaced with a new loan offering different terms. When a company refinances, it typically extends the maturity date. Companies or individuals refinancing loans may have to pay a penalty or fee.
BREAKING DOWN 'Refinance'
The most common forms of consumer debt are mortgages, car loans and student loans. The borrower agrees to make certain payments based on a rate of interest. Companies operate the same way. The most common types of corporate loans are term loans, bonds and lines of credit. The company agrees to the terms of each loan type, and the bank lends it money. Terms provide the details of the loan and specify the interest rate, payment amount and payment date(s).
When the terms of the loan are revised in a way that changes the payments associated with the loan, the loan has been refinanced. In a refinanced loan, the old loan is paid off with the new loan, and the old terms are replaced with new terms. Some loan terms come with fees associated with prepaying, which makes refinancing less rewarding. The most common changes in loan terms are maturity date and interest rate.
Borrowers refinance for a myriad of reasons. A common goal is to pay less interest over the life of the loan. Borrowers may also want to change the duration of the loan or switch from a fixed-rate to an adjustable-rate mortgage, or vice versa. The reasons and motivations behind refinancing a loan are as varied as the loan types offered.
Refinance Loan Types
There are several different types of refinancing options. The type of loan a borrower decides on is dependent on the needs of the borrower. The most common type of refinancing is called the rate-and-term. This occurs when the original loan is paid and replaced with a new loan. Another type of refinancing is the cash-out. Cash-outs are common when the underlying asset collateralizing the loan increases in value. The transaction involves withdrawing the value or equity in the asset in exchange for a higher amount. In other words, when an asset increases in value on paper, you can gain access to that value with a loan rather than selling it. This option increases the total loan amount but gives the borrower access to cash immediately while still maintaining ownership of the asset. Another refinancing option is referred to as the cash-in. The cash-in refinance allows the borrower to pay down the loan for a lower loan-to-value ratio or smaller loan payments.
Like many other Americans, you may be considering using the equity you've built in your home to re-invest in your dreams or consolidate debt. A mortgage refinance allows you to borrow additional money on your mortgage, so you can afford the things you've always wanted. It will also help save you money and help consolidate your debt into one convenient payment.
Mortgage refinance can prove beneficial in several ways:
We help you decide whether it is the right time for you to refinance. The decision to refinance should be carefully evaluated to avoid any complications at a later stage. By carefully studying the status of your current mortgage and comparing it to your income and other debts, we help you pick the refinance solution that best suits your current financial status.
We offer some of the lowest and most competitive mortgage refinance rates in the market. Regardless of your requirement, whether it is to consolidate existing mortgages or obtain a better rate, we get you the best deal possible. Our experienced mortgage professionals, who have extensive knowledge of the mortgage industry, will provide the necessary guidance that you need in making the right refinance decision.