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[03/16/20]   The Fed Rate is at 0%, mortgage rates must be lower, right?
Mortgage rates are not driven by the Fed. The Fed Funds Rate is a different animal than the mortgage rate. It applies to loans with a term of up to 1 day. That's a far cry from the average mortgage, and investors approach those loans with completely different sets of priorities. That's why we sometimes see longer and shorter term rates move in OPPOSITE directions (which accounts for the "inverted yield curve" phenomenon that made news in 2019 when 10yr Treasury yields were lower than all of the short-term rates under 2 years, including Fed Funds).
But even if long and short term rates always moved in the same direction, there's a more important reason that mortgage rates might not follow the Fed. The bonds that dictate mortgage rates trade thousands of times a day. Mortgage lenders themselves update their rates at least once a day. In contrast, the Fed only meets to consider changing its rate 8 times a year, barring emergencies. This means mortgage rates can and do move well in advance of Fed rate changes. Indeed, the behavior of longer-term rates like mortgages can often predict the market conditions that prompt the Fed to make a move.
Why have mortgage rates not dropped as much as the 10 year Treasury? The answer is both simple and complex.

The simple reason are margins at mortgage companies. The fastest way to control production is with pricing. When loans are hard to find, lenders cut margins to increase production. With the phone ringing off the hook and many mortgage shops well above capacity, lenders are taking this opportunity to increase margins for a change. Few have the stomach to hire staff hoping for a prolonged refinance binge. As their pipelines swell watch for rates to rise.

The complex answer brings in investors of Mortgage-Backed Securities.

Volatility is both disruptive and expensive. When an investor purchases an MBS they have certain assumptions on how the loans will pay off. When rates go into a free fall and investors see loans refinance from pools that are only months old, they grow cautious. Worse yet is if the price of the MBS was above par, the investors takes a direct hit. Mortgage rates can only fall as far as investors are willing to purchase them.

Fear of the coronavirus sent buyers into safe assets. The US 10-year Treasury is considered the bellwether of safe assets and thus attracted more buyers than MBS’s. Throw in higher margins and worried investors and the reason rates have not fallen in line with the 10 year makes more sense.


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[04/11/18]   Hey Everyone, Colonial 1st offers the ability to give a full lender certified credit approval on a To Be Determined Property! It will allow you and your Realtor to submit a much stronger contract. We can underwrite a file without a property address for every program Conventional, FHA, VA and USDA!
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