Mortgage Rates Remain at Summer Lows
Mortgage rates remained steady this week. The 30 year again was at 5.04 which is a low for the summer. The other mortgage products remained relatively stable this week except for the 1 year arm which fell from 4.58 to 4.52. Below are rates for the last few weeks. As we can see overall for the last month rates have been steadily falling. But overall the movement has been very small with 30 year rates only dropping 1/10 of a point in the last month.
Sep 24, 2009
30-yr 5.04 15-yr 4.46 5-yr ARM 4.51 1-yr ARM 4.52
Sep 17, 2009
30-yr 5.04 15-yr 4.47 5-yr ARM 4.51 1-yr ARM 4.58
Sep 10, 2009
30-yr 5.07 15-yr 4.50 5-yr ARM 4.51 1-yr ARM 4.64
Sep 03, 2009
30-yr 5.08 15-yr 4.54 5-yr ARM 4.59 1-yr ARM 4.62
Aug 27, 2009
30-yr 5.14 15-yr 4.58 5-yr ARM 4.67 1-yr ARM 4.69
Feb 19, 2009
30-yr 5.04 15-yr 4.68 5-yr ARM 5.04 1-yr ARM 4.80
In addition to rates we like to look at mortgage payments to provide some perspective. We determined mortgage payments for a 200k loan based on today’s rates and rates from September 10th and February 19th.
5-yr ARM $1014.55
1-yr ARM $1015.74
5-yr ARM $1014.55
1-yr ARM $1030.07
5-yr ARM $1078.53
1-yr ARM $1049.33
This kind of shows the same thing in that there has not been a lot of movement in mortgage rates. A payment two weeks ago would be $3.68 more a month (or 0.3% percent more).
Its also interesting that rates are exactly where they were six months ago. Of course six months ago mortgage rates were more newsworthy because at the time 5.04 (for a 30 year mortgage) was an all time low. So although 5.04 is no longer an all time low (rates dropped below 5 in April) and we are not seeing as many stories in the news mortgage rates are still very, very low by historical standards.
The two questions of course are why mortgage rates are not moving, and how long they will stay this low. The expectation is that eventually mortgage rates are going to move up. Some have suggested that mortgage rates could move above 10 percent in a year or two. The idea is that once the economy recovers mortgage rates (along with inflation) will start marching upwards due to the massive government spending during the recession. It seems that although the economy is recovering its doing so rather slowly and this is helping keep mortgage rates down for now. The other question is how long mortgage rates will stay down. My expectation is rates will probably not see that much movement until we see movement in the economy. Once the economy starts moving we should see rates start to move upward.
Ki bikes Shoal Creek when he is not working. He has focused on Austin real estate since graduating. People interested in the Austin market can perform a graphical Austin home search on his site. His site also has a graph of historical historical mortgage rates along with a mortgage rates widget.