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HSH.com Projects Optimism in Mortgage Rates

NationalMortgageProfessional.com
Jan 30, 2013

Rates on the most popular types of mortgages moved higher this week, according to HSH.com's Weekly Mortgage Rates Radar. The average rate for conforming 30-year fixed-rate mortgages rose by eight basis points (0.08 percent) to 3.63 percent, the series highest average since Sept. 18, 2012. Conforming 5/1 Hybrid ARM rates increased by two basis points, closing the Wednesday-to-Tuesday wraparound weekly survey at an average of 2.71 percent. "There has been an ongoing rally in stock markets of late, which comes at the expense of bonds," said Keith Gumbinger, vice president of HSH.com. "That shift occurs amid signs that the economy is holding fairly steady, and investors seem willing to put more of their money at risk in hopes of better returns." Signs that the Eurozone crisis is improving also served to push rates higher this week. As noted in HSH.com's MarketTrends newsletter, about 30 percent of emergency funds extended to ECB member banks will be repaid at the end of January; that such a sum can be returned to the European Central Banks suggests that the funding crisis there is easing, a positive for economic growth both here and abroad. Still, there are plenty of reasons rates are likely to remain low, if not at absolute bottoms, notes Gumbinger. "Federal Reserve policies should help keep rates low for the foreseeable future, but it would be wrong to expect them to hold at rock-bottom levels if the economy is growing and financial panics are easing," he said. Average mortgage rates and points for conforming residential mortgages for the week ending January 29, according toHSH.com: Conforming 30-year fixed-rate mortgage ►Average rate: 3.63 percent ►Average points: 0.25 Conforming 5/1-year adjustable-rate mortgage ►Average rate: 2.71 percent ►Average points: 0.20 Average mortgage rates and points for conforming residential mortgages for the previous week ending January 22 were, according to HSH.com: Conforming 30-year fixed-rate mortgage ►Average Rate: 3.55 percent ►Average Points: 0.28 Conforming 5/1-year adjustable-rate mortgage ►Average Rate: 2.69 percent ►Average Points: 0.22
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