February 17th, 2009

Rates Tip Backward; Stimulus and More Coming



According to the latest issue of HSH’s Market Trends Newsletter, Rates Tip Backward; Stimulus and More Coming, “A weeks-long run of rising mortgage rates ended this week despite vague pronouncements from the new Treasury Secretary about forthcoming plans for the second $350 billion of TARP money.”

“For the week, HSH’s overall average for the cost of mortgage money — our Fixed-Rate Mortgage Indicator (includes conforming, jumbo and ‘expanded conforming’ interest rates) — dropped by eighteen basis (.18%) points to land at 5.76%, the lowest such average in a month. As mortgage rates have risen over the past few weeks, there has been a corresponding slide in applications for home loans, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association of America. Among other factors, at least some of the increase can be attributed to lenders pricing ‘defensively’ to temper an unmanageable crush of business, and it would seem that the crush has subsided enough to warrant an attempt to attract more business.”

Click here to continue reading “Rates Tip Backward; Stimulus and More Coming.” HSH’s free weekly Market Trends Newsletter, an in-depth analysis of various financial markets of the week prior, is published every Monday. Email subscribers receive it in your inbox by Friday night, so sign up today! Also, be sure to check in with our Market Trends blog for all news relating to any weekly shift in mortgage rates.

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