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Mortgage Rates Are Up From Last Week & More About The Federal Reserve


Even though the Federal Reserve stated that they were not going to change the interest rate, they announced that starting in October the plan is to reduce the amount of mortgage backed securities that they now own. This is uncharacteristic of them to make such an announcement. Experts are predicting we will start to see the overall interest rates increase over the next 12 months and beyond. Simply put, if you are a buyer or seller now is the time to act to take advantage of the market and low rates!

Source: National Mortgage News  9/21/17
Written by: Glenn McCullom

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.83% for the week ending Sept. 21, up from last week when it averaged 3.78%. A year ago at this time, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.48%.

“This week’s uptick in the 30-year mortgage rate ends a nearly two-month streak of declines,” Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s chief economist,” said in a press release.

The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.13%, up from last week when it averaged 3.08%. A year ago at this time, the 15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.76%.

The five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage averaged 3.17% this week with an average 0.4 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.13%. A year ago at this time, the five-year adjustable-rate mortgage averaged 2.8%.

“The 10-year Treasury yield continued its upward trend, rising 7 basis points this week. As we expected, the 30-year mortgage rate followed suit, increasing 5 basis points,” Becketti said.

“Mortgage rates increased last week to their highest levels in a month as geopolitical concerns surrounding North Korea eased and Hurricane Irma proved to be less destructive than anticipated,” Erin Lantz, Zillow’s vice president of mortgages, said when that company released its own rate tracker on Tuesday. “This week markets will focus on Wednesday’s FOMC statement.”

The Federal Open Market Committee announced that it would begin to initiate a reduction of its balance sheet next month by setting caps on the reinvestment of principal payments from the Fed’s balance sheet. The plan calls for the roll-off of $6 billion in Treasury securities and $4 billion in mortgage-backed securities per month through December.

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