Rate Lock Advisory

Friday, October 19th

Friday’s bond market has opened in negative territory even though this morning’s sole economic report gave us bond-friendly results. The major stock indexes are reacting to strong corporate earnings news, pushing the Dow higher by 226 points and the Nasdaq higher by 96 points. The bond market is currently down 8/32 (3.20%), but strength late yesterday should prevent much of a change in this morning’s mortgage rates if comparing to Thursday’s morning pricing. If your lender did revise rates lower intraday yesterday, you should see an increase in this morning’s rates of the same amount.

8/32


Bonds


30 yr - 3.20%

226


Dow


25,606

96


NASDAQ


7,582

Mortgage Rate Trend

Trailing 90 Days - National Average

  • 30 Year Fixed
  • 15 Year Fixed
  • 5/1 ARM

Indexes Affecting Rate Lock

Medium


Positive


Existing Home Sales from National Assoc of Realtors

September's Existing Home Sales data was posted at 10:00 AM ET this morning. The National Association of Realtors reported that home resales fell 3.4% last month. This was a larger decline than forecasted, the largest monthly decline in the past two years and the sixth consecutive month that showed a drop in sales. Those points indicate that the housing sector is weakening, making the data good news for bonds and mortgage rates. However, we are seeing stock-related trading that makes the data irrelevant today.

Medium


Unknown


None

Next week brings us a handful of economic reports that are relevant to mortgage rates in addition to a couple of Treasury auctions. The important releases will come later in the week. Monday has nothing of importance set, so weekend news and stock movement are likely to drive bond trading and mortgage rates the first day or two. Look for details on next week’s calendar in Sunday evening’s weekly preview.

Float / Lock Recommendation

If I were considering financing/refinancing a home, I would.... Lock if my closing was taking place within 7 days... Lock if my closing was taking place between 8 and 20 days... Float if my closing was taking place between 21 and 60 days... Float if my closing was taking place over 60 days from now... This is only my opinion of what I would do if I were financing a home. It is only an opinion and cannot be guaranteed to be in the best interest of all/any other borrowers.