Taking Advantage of Low Mortgage Rates

This post was written by jd on June 22, 2012
Posted Under: Real Estate
English: Mortgage debt

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Mortgage rates continue to set new record lows, leaving many home buyers and re-financers wondering how low rates can go and how to capture the best rates now.

  • Many economists are forecasting that mortgage rates will rise again later this year as the American economy gradually improves and as more global investors turn to the U.S. as a safe haven for money.
  • The average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.71 percent the week of June 14.
    The rate had averaged 3.9 percent three months earlier and 4.5 percent a year earlier.
  • According to one economist, rates could possibly fall further, perhaps as much as a quarter of a percentage point, but it is more likely that they would start a “slow drift” upward.
  • Those planning to refinance or buy a home in the next two or three months might want to consider locking in a mortgage rate now.
  • Borrowers with rate locks, with a built-in deadline, often receive priority treatment from lenders, because the borrower is telling the lender that he or she is serious about closing soon.
  • Lock-in costs and policies vary widely, and are based partly on the time frame the borrower wants covered.  Most borrowers will need a 60- to 90-day lock.
  • If interest rates continue to fall during the lock period, borrowers can ask the lender to rewrite the rate lock at an additional cost, or obtain a “float-down” provision in the original agreement.  A lock with a float-down agreement allows the borrower to change the rate, often only once, before closing on the mortgage.  This option is generally more expensive than a standard lock.


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