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Home Mortgage Financing

How Is YOUR Mortgage Interest Rate Determined?

The good news for buyers is that mortgage interest rates continue to hold below 4%.

Freddie Mac's weekly survey of lenders showed that for the week ending January 7, 2016, the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 3.94% with an average of 0.6 point, and the 15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.26% with an average of 0.5 point.

Those are average rates, not the rates that everyone will get.  Understanding the factors used to determine the interest rate that you may be offered are important to help you make good decisions.  What are they?

  • Credit Score
  • Home Location
  • Home Price and Loan Amount
  • Down Payment
  • Loan Term
  • Interest Rate Type
  • Loan Type

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has a thorough explanation of how all these factors work together to determine the interest rate and an interactive tool to help you understand how interest rates change as each factor changes.  The more you know about it, the better equipped you will be to find the best mortgage to fit your needs (and save you money!).

Fannie Mae Introduces Enhanced Affordable Mortgage Program That May Be A Game Changer For You!

After much research and feedback from lenders as well as home buyers, Fannie Mae has announced that it will provide an enhanced affordable lending product designed to meet the financial needs of responsible, credit-worthy buyers.  

Fannie has recognized the many financial challenges many would-be homebuyers are facing.  Many can't afford a large down payment, they may have multiple student loans, and/or they may rely on income from non-traditional sources, such as parents or other family members.  These factors have impacted the ability of a lot of people from qualifying for a mortgage.  Well, that may be about to change . . . perhaps for YOU!

The new program, called the HomeReady™ Mortgage, will be available from lenders later this year, and will offer expanded eligibility guidelines which will be real game changes for a lot of people who could not previously qualify for a mortgage:

More Home Buyers Financing With Non-Bank Lenders

According to the Federal Reserve, an increasing number of home loans are being done by non-bank lenders . . . independent mortgage companies, such as Quicken Loans, Loan Depot, and other large and small nondepository lenders. 

Independent mortgage lenders tout their ability to complete transactions online, and in some cases the borrower may not even need to speak to a loan officer.  They also claim to offer more flexibility in the types of loans they offer.

Banking institutions, on the other hand, may be able to offer better rates and closing costs than independent mortgage companies based on the length of account history and amount of holdings.