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Mortgage rates Dec 15th 2010- Calhoun GA Real Estate

December 16, 2010 2:21 pm

DEC 15th 2010 Mortgags rate update - Calhoun GA Real Estate

Today’s conforming mortgage rates are sitting tight with the 30 year fixed rate mortgage at 4.750% and the 15 year fixed rate mortgage at 4.125%. The 5/1 ARM again remains at 3.375%. These current mortgage rates are available to borrowers with 0.7 to 1% point who are able to be approved per guidelines and have excellent credit.

Jumbo mortgage rates are still affordable for those interested in this mortgage market. Today’s jumbo mortgage rates remain unchanged with the 30 year fixed jumbo mortgage rate at 5.125% and the 15 year fixed jumbo mortgage rate at 4.625%. The 5/1 ARM jumbo mortgage rate is 3.875%.

Mortgage backed securities (MBS) prices are down -5/32, below 9:45 et pricing of +6/32. Mortgage rates are affected by MBS prices by moving in the opposite direction. On an active day, mortgage rates can change several times in either direction.

The current FHA mortgage rates are a repeat of yesterday with the FHA 30 year fixed mortgage rate at 4.625% and the FHA 15 year fixed mortgage rate at 4.000%. The FHA 5/1 ARM is still low at 3.250%. When it comes to FHA mortgages, borrowers are charged an upfront mortgage insurance premium and other related FHA fees which result in higher closing costs (APR

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About The "National" Rate

If you've spent any amount of  time looking for mortgage rates online, you'll find sites touting "national rates" for purchase and refinances.

The most highly-trafficked ones include:

And when people visit these sites for "rates", what they're looking is for something akin to a MSRP for Mortgages; a way to keep their lender honest about rate quotes and such.

Sadly, markets don't work that way.  You can't visit a national website for a single mortgage rate any more than that you could watch a national forecast for a single weather report.

And don't just take my word for it -- check out Freddie Mac's region-by-region breakdown. Each area of the country is broken out by its local rates and fees.  The West tends to be more expensive than the Northeast, for example, but with lower mortgage rates.

Furthermore, rates vary by individual -- a characteristic of mortgages that absolutely can't be captured in a national survey.

National surveys are quotes out of context; good for watching trends, but not much else.

There's The Base Rate, Then There's The Adjustments

When you're need an actual mortgage rate quote, the national surveys aren't going to cut it.  You're going to have to speak with a loan officer, or use on an online mortgage approval system to get it.

Even if you're the best of the best of the best with respect to income, assets and credit.

Mortgage pricing has two parts to it, similar to how you buy a suit.

  1. There's the mortgage "base rate" -- the suit you buy off-the-rack
  2. There's the base rate "adjustments" -- the tailoring of the suit to your fit

As for determining the base rate, Wall Street sets it and there's nothing we can do about it.

Adjustments, on the other hand, are a different story.

Mortgage rates get adjusted for all sorts of reasons.  Some of which you're probably aware of, but most you probably are not:

  • What is your loan size? Smaller than $100,000? Bigger than $417,000?
  • What is your credit score? Higher than 780?  Lower than 740?
  • What is your property type?  Condo? Multi-unit?
  • What is your specific loan-to-value? Below 60 percent? Higher than 75 percent?

And, perhaps the most overlooked reason for adjustment: In what state do you live?

Because of adjustments, it's clear that national mortgage surveys are nothing, if not incomplete.  A rate shopper's true rate is not going to be reflected at the Freddie Mac Web site, or on Bankrate.com, or anywhere else -- it can only come from a mortgage lender who's asked specific mortgage-related questions.

Get A Rate Quote You Can Take To The Bank

When you need a "real" rate quote, talk to a loan officer about it. There's too many nuances to do it otherwise.  You can get a real rate quote by calling me at 770-547-3450 or email Mike@flippermcdaniel.com.

 I work with Knowledgeable and competitive local Lenders. Get a rate Quote within 1 hour.

Mike Ramirez Calhoun GA Realtor(Exit Flipper McDaniel Realty)-Calhoun GA Foreclosures and Real Estate Sales and Solutions- Mike Ramirez Is one of the best real estate agents in Calhoun GA specializing in Bank Owned REO Foreclosure sales helping buyers and sellers invest in real estate in Gordon county Calhoun GA including Adairsville, Resaca, Sugarvalley, Plainville, Ranger and surrounding North and Northwest Georgia.