June 22nd, 2009

“Mortgage Rates Ease Somewhat”



According to the latest issue of HSH’s Market Trends Newsletter, “Mortgage Rates Ease Somewhat,” as we expected, mortgage rates eased back from their three-week run upwards. “A tempering of enthusiasm about how quickly the economy will resume a pattern of growth and no new auctions of Treasury Bonds contributed to the decline.”

“Overall, fixed mortgage interest rates declined by 13 basis points, according to HSH’s Fixed-Rate Mortgage Indicator, which includes rates for conforming, jumbo and expanded conforming loans. At 5.91%, rates remain quite favorable for potential homebuyers but probably not low enough to see refinancers lining up at lender offices. The overall average for 5/1 hybrid ARMs moved down by 11 basis points, landing at 5.33%. Conforming 30-year FRMs, perhaps the most important product in the market, slipped back by seventeen basis points for the week, while true 30-year FRM jumbos managed a decline of nine.”

“Another cascade of debt, which the market will be asked to absorb, comes due next week with a fresh (and record-setting) $104 billion in Treasury offerings. Rates moved higher prior to the last set of auctions of all debt maturities, but eased after demand turned out to be pretty solid for those new obligations. That was especially true for the longer-dated issues, which tend to affect mortgage rates. Next week’s auctions cover two-, five- and seven year notes.”

“There can be no doubt that the economy is on an upward bent at the moment, climbing from truly awful depths. At this point, however, even outsized gains from one month to the next merely move us to a better grade of lousy, or levels which are still consistent with economic decline. For example, much was made of the 17% gain in housing starts during May; that gain was a rebound off the bottom of the bottom for starts, and the overall number of a 532,000 (annualized) rate of initiation was about the same as that seen in February and March. Single-family starts moved higher as well, but only represented the ‘highest’ level since last November when things were still worsening. Permits for future activity moved upward to 518,000, again roughly equivalent to March levels.”

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