FDIC, Federal Reserve and other federal bank/credit union regulatory agencies are warning the banking industry today to prepare for an increase in rates from 2-4% over the next 1-2 years.This is a serious wake up call to people considering refinancing or purchasing a new home, especially for jumbo loan borrowers. The greatest increase would be immediately seen in fixed jumbo mortgage products such as the 30Y and 15Y fixed jumbo loans which have become the loan structure of choice over the last year.
Given the historical fixed mortgage rate, dire fiscal position of the US Government forcing the US Treasury to borrower roughly 1.5 Trillion in 2010 and the recent warnings from various regulatory agencies; we firmly believe 2010 may offer the best fixed jumbo mortgage refinance opportuntity homeowners are likely to see over the next decade. For those purchasing a home this year strongly consider going with a fixed rate mortgage. Obviously, financial advice isn't one size fits all but you can always error on the side of caution and lock in some of the best fixed mortgage rates in history.