5 Key Factors That Affect Your Mortgage Rate

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Many first time home buyers often wonder what factors determine their mortgage rate. Is it their credit score? Is it the type of loan chosen? Is it the size of the loan? The truth is, there are many factors at play. Mortgage interest rates are not standardized across the board, so they vary from lender to lender and from borrower to borrower. Here are 5 common factors that determine or affect your mortgage interest rate: 1.    Default Risk Risk is a key consideration when determining mortgage interest rates. Banks and other lenders are in a risky business because there is…
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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – January 29, 2018

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Last week's economic news included releases on new and existing home sales along with weekly readings on mortgage rates and first-time jobless claims. Home Sales Fall Due to Slim Supply of Homes December sales of previously-owned homes dipped to an 18-year low with a reading of 5.57 million sales on a seasonally-adjusted annual basis. Pre-owned home sales were expected to reach 5.73 million homes based on November's downwardly- revised reading of 5.78 million sales. December sales were 3.6 percent lower month-to-month, but were 1.10 percent higher year-over-year. Analysts credited the shortage of sales to tight inventories of homes for sale.…
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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – January 22, 2018

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Last week's economic news included readings on home builder confidence, housing starts and building permits issued. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and new jobless claims were also released; the week wrapped with the University of Michigan's report on consumer sentiment. Home Builder Confidence Dips, Remains in Positive Territory According to the National Association of Home Builders, builder confidence dropped two points in January to 72, but high demand for homes continued to provide builders with positive outlooks on housing market conditions. While continued concerns over labor and lot shortages were cited, home builders surveyed for January's Housing Market Index said…
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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – January 16, 2018

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Last week's economic releases on inflation, core inflation, and retail sales. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and new jobless claims were also released. Inflation and Retail Sales Ease in December Consumer prices fell from November's reading of 0.40 percent growth to o.10 percent growth in December, which matched expectations. The Core Consumer Price Index, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, dropped to 0.30 percent from November's growth rate of 0.40 percent. Analysts expected a Core CPI reading of 0.20 percent for December. Retail sales were lower in December as compared to November's reading of 0.90 percent growth month-to-month; December's…
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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – January 8, 2018

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Last week's economic reports included readings on construction spending, minutes of the most recent meeting of the Fed's Federal Open Market Committee. Labor reports including ADP, Non-Farm Payrolls, and national unemployment were released along with weekly readings on mortgage rates and new jobless claims. Construction Spending Rises; Driven by Residential Building Residential construction drove November construction spending surpassed expectations of a 0.50 percent increase; Overall, construction spending rose by 0.80 percent in November. Residential construction was up 7.90 percent year-over-year. Single-family home construction rose 8.90 percent year-over-year. Rising rates of single-family construction is good news for homebuyers, who have faced…
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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – January 2, 2018

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Last week's economic readings included Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, pending home sales and consumer confidence. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and new jobless claims were also released. Case-Shiller: Home Prices Continue Growth Case-Shiller Home Price Index reports indicated incremental growth in October with home prices growing month-to-month 0.70 percent for the S&P Case-Shiller 30-City Home Price Index. The 20-city index posted 6.20 percent gains year-over-year. Western cities continued to post the largest gains; Seattle, Washington led with a year-over-year growth of 12.70 percent. Las Vegas, NV and San Diego, California rounded out the top three with year-over-year home price growth…
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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – December 26, 2017

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Last week's economic reports included readings on NAHB homebuilder confidence, housing starts, building permits issued and sales of previously-owned homes. Weekly releases on mortgage rates and new jobless claims were also released. Builder Confidence Rises, Housing Starts Increase According to the National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index for December, builder confidence in housing market conditions rose by four points to 74. This reading was the highest since 1999. Builder confidence increased based on strong labor markets, demand for homes and potential tax breaks resulting from proposed tax code revisions. Housing and real estate industries continued to cite an…
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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – December 18, 2017

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Last week's economic reporting included readings on inflation, core inflation and the Post-meeting statement of the Fed's Federal Open Market Committee. Fed Chair Janet Yellen also gave a press conference; weekly readings on mortgage rates and new jobless claims were also released. Inflation Rises in November U.S. inflation rose by 0.30 percent to 0.40 percent in November; October's reading was 0.10 percent and November's reading met analysts' expectations. Core Consumer Price Index readings for November posted a gain of 0.10 percent, which fell short of the expected reading and October's reading of 0.20 percent. Core CPI readings are less volatile…
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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – December 11, 2017

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Last week's economic reports included readings on projected top housing markets for 2018, weekly readings on mortgage rates and new jobless claims. Labor sector readings on private-sector job growth, private and public-sector job growth and the national unemployment rate were released. Projected top housing markets in 2018 were also released. Realtors Release Projections for Top Housing Markets in 2018 Prospective homebuyers and retirees facing home affordability issues in metro areas such as New York City and the West Coast are seeking affordable housing markets according to data released by the National Association of Realtors®. The top three housing markets for…
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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – December 4, 2017

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Last week's economic releases included readings on new and pending home sales, Case-Shiller index readings for September, and construction spending. Weekly readings on new jobless claims and mortgage rates were also released. Home Price Growth Driven by Shortage of Homes for Sale Case-Shiller Home Price Indices reported 6.20 percent growth in home prices year-over-year in September as compared to August's reading of 6.00 percent year-over-year growth for August. September's reading was the highest for national home price growth since 2014. According to the 20-City Home Price Index, Seattle, Washington held on to first position with 12.90 percent home price growth…
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