Wednesday, December 23, 2009

FLOAT or LOCK? Phoenix Home Mortgage Interest Rate Update and Recommendation - Dec 23rd, 2009

Current Pricing of FNMA 30 Year 4.5% Bond: $100.16
+16 bps (Prior Close – $100.00)

Market Update: Mortgage Backed Security (MBS) pricing is higher today from yesterday's close. For a consumer, this translates into an upfront fee decrease equivalent to roughly .125% of your loan amount in order to obtain the same rate available yesterday for a home loan. An increase in bond prices causes home loan rates and/or fees to decrease.

Economic News: The Core Personal Consumption Expenditure Index, which measures inflation, was reported lower than expectations. Personal Spending and Personal Income were also reported lower than analysts expected. The Personal Savings rate remained steady, showing Americans are still saving their money. New Home Sales surprised to the downside, following the strong Existing Home Sales print yesterday. The New Home Sales miss, combined with the tame inflation data likely helped bond prices this morning.

Recommendation: FLOAT

The decision to float or lock your interest rate can save, or cost, you thousands of dollars over the life of your new mortgage. Our recommendation won't apply in all situations, so if you have questions please contact us for clarification. Also, if you're considering purchasing or refinancing and you would like us to arrange your financing please contact The Krushinsky Team at 602-695-7575 or email

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