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Lower interest rates with a turbulent stock market

August 16, 2011

It certainly was a volatile week for stocks (see below), but mortgage rates just calmly headed lower. This of course was directly related to the turbulent stock market, which sent investors to the relative safety of bonds, pushing mortgage bond prices up and interest rates down. Last week, rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages hit a new low for the year, while rates on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages, 5-year adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) and 1-year ARMs all registered new all-time lows. Small wonder purchase loan demand was up a bit over a year ago.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported the median sale price for existing single-family homes fell 2.8% in Q2 compared to a year ago. Yet 41 metro areas saw price gains, up from 34 in Q1. The NAR’s chief economist said, “Median home prices have been moving up and down in a relatively narrow range in many markets, which shows a stabilization trend.” Another survey showed two-thirds of the markets reported bigger price gains in Q2 versus Q1.

Courtesy of George Hagar
George Hager
Mortgage Loan Officer
4 Venture #100
Irvine, CA 92618
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