February 17th, 2016 6:19 PM by Robin Bain
You may have noticed that mortgage rates have been dropping since the
beginning of the New Year. Even with the Federal Reserve raising funds back in
December, which were expected to raise rates, the mortgage rates just keep
falling – here’s why:
1) Oil pricing: Believe it or not, oil investments have an effect on
mortgage rates. The price of oil is dropping because of low demand. Due to the
prices dropping and an uncertainty about when they will stop, investors turn to
U.S. bonds, which are more reliable. This is because treasury bonds will always
be paid off to prevent the government from losing the confidence of its
investors and creditors. Because everybody is now buying bonds, yields are
driven down because the government doesn’t need to offer a high rate of return
to get people to buy them. This results in lower mortgage rates.
2) Overseas issues: Instability in overseas financial markets is causing a
massive “flight-to-quality,” which has benefitted the U.S. Treasury securities.
Because there is turmoil and instability overseas in the financial markets,
investors are seeking lower-risk assets. This is mainly due to tensions in
North Korea, and the Middle East, and also the slowing growth of China. Because
mass amounts of investors are selling stocks and buying bonds in an effort to
shift their holdings to safer assets, the mortgage rates are going down.
Clearly, the financial markets oversees seem to have a bigger impact on the
mortgage rates than the monetary policy put into place by the U.S. Mortgage
rates continue to be at a temporary low, but as a homebuyer you should be
looking at more than just mortgage rates.
When it comes to your mortgage, you need to think about your closing costs
as well. Closing costs are fees charged for services that must be performed to
process and close your loan. At Premiere Mortgage, the closing cost for each
mortgage loan are tied to many factors. These include property, state, loan
amount, and optional coverage’s like homeowners title insurance. Because we are
a known mortgage leader, we are able to offer some of the most competitive
rates and closing costs for homebuyers in the industry.
Although mortgage rates are at a temporary low, you should still be comparing
rates and costs. You could be offered a lower rate, but your closing costs may
be high. Having low mortgage rates doesn’t do you any favors when you’re
bombarded with extremely high closing costs. If you want to get the best deal
possible, you’ll want to be comparing rates and closing costs side by side.
Temporary low rates may entice you to get what you can quickly, but don’t
forget to inquire about your closing costs before you do.
Great way to shop apples to apples is to get a live quote
on a true no point & no closing cost mortgage.
Want to learn more? Visit www.BainMortgage.com
or call Dana Bain (NMLS 18693) 978-422-2311 for more information.