Tuesday, September 16, 2008

GOVT In Action: Jumbo Fixed Rates Drop

Mortgage rates dipped over the past few days as investors shunned stocks and purchased mortgage securities backed by the federal government and solid prime jumbo loans.
Borrowers with good credit and a 20% down payment today could qualify for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at 5.50% with a one-point fee. That’s down from 6.00% on Friday of last week.
The rate has been trending downward from 6% since the government took possession of mortgage buyers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on Sept. 7. Investors now feel comfortable buying those companies’ mortgage securities, and that lowers rates to consumers. The move by the US government has had the needed impact. If you can't save housing you can't save the financial system nor the economy from a financial meltdown/great depression scenario.

However, adjustable rates have improved much more. Bloomberg reports that the international rate banks charge each other for overnight loans, known as the London Interbank Offered Rate or LIBOR, more than doubled and then moved lower as the FED and European Central Bank moved to inject money moving rates to 2.95% as markets were spooked by the bankruptcy Monday of Lehman Brothers and the death rattle of AIG. The meltdown of household names is the best opportunity for people to refinance or purchase as investors want something safe/secure. Nothing is safer in this market than solid credit client's looking for a phenomenal jumbo mortgage rate.

About 6 million U.S. mortgages, including almost all subprime home loans and 41 percent of prime ARMs, are linked to LIBOR, according to First American CoreLogic, Bloomberg reported.

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