July 1, 2016 by Leave a comment

Happy Friday, and welcome to the TMS current mortgage rates blog. There’s some economic data out today, but first, your daily mortgage rate forecast/advice.

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Where are mortgage rates going?

Heading into the holiday weekend, U.S. markets are still grappling with life after the Brexit. It doesn’t help that none of the economic data out this week was particularly robust. Fortunately, mortgage rates are benefiting from the bad news.

Freddie Mac PMMS shows new 3-year lows

We got our first post-Brexit Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) yesterday. Unsurprisingly, it revealed that mortgage rates took a bit of a dive and are now at new lows. The average rate on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage fell to 3.48% (0.5 points); the average rate on a 15-year fixed rate went to 2.78% (0.4 points); and the average rate on a 5-year ARM sunk down to 2.70% (0.5 points). The last time mortgage rates were this low was May 2013, and perhaps what is most impressive is that the 30-year fixed is a mere 17 basis points above the all-time low of 3.31%.

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current mortgage rates

Where rates go from here is anyone’s guess. The big market mover of the month comes next week with the June employment report. I imagine that Fed officials are desperately hoping for a strong number. If anything could boost the markets, it’s that report. On the converse, a poor report would certainly send markets reeling.

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10-year yield hits all-time lows

The yield on the U.S. 10-year Treasury note is still showing no indication of climbing out from its post-Brexit hole. In fact, it seems to be bent on burrowing deeper into the abyss.  The yield is currently trading at 1.46%, but it briefly dipped down to an all-time low this morning when it touched 1.378%. The previously low of 1.39% was set back in September 2012. Mortgage rates have a strong tendency to follow in the footsteps of the 10-year yield, so all of this is good news for prospective homebuyers or homeowners looking to refinance into a lower rate.

Fed Fund futures still don’t know where a rate hike is

Everyone’s favorite fed watching tool–the Fed Fund futures–is still showing a very little chance of a rate hike in 2016. It’s been that way all week, and I expect it to stay like that for quite some time. That means July, September, and November are all but guaranteed to not see a rate hike. They actually have an oh-so-small chance of a drop in rates. I don’t expect that to happen, but it’s there.

Then we come to December. In the pre-Brexit world, December was seen as a near lock for a rate hike. It was the light at the end of the monetary policy tunnel. Now, it sits there with a measly 14.1% chance of a rate hike. It’s definitely possible that as we move forward these next few weeks and months that number will start to change, but for now, a rate hike in 2016 seems to be a highly unlikely event.

Rates are still near record lows.  Contact us today to see if we can save you money on your home payments.

What does this mean for me?

Mortgage rates are at new 3.5-year lows. That’s great news for anyone looking to refinance or purchase a home. There’re plenty of opportunities to lock in a low rate, I would just recommend that you do it sooner rather than later, as there’s no telling when rates jump back up.

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Today’s economic data:

PMI Manufacturing Index

The June PMI manufacturing index came in at 51.3, slightly up from May’s 50.7.

ISM Manufacturing Index

The ISM manufacturing index also posted a moderate gain in June with a reading of 53.2, up from 51.3. New orders and export orders are both up.

Construction Spending

Construction spending wound up in the negative for May, coming in at -0.8%.

Notable events this week:      

Monday:

  • International Trade in Goods
  • Dallas Fed Manufacturing Survey

Tuesday:

  • GDP
  • S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index
  • Consumer Confidence

Wednesday:

  • Personal Income and Outlays
  • Janet Yellen speaks
  • Pending Home Sales Index
  • EIA Petroleum Status Report

Thursday:

  • Weekly Initial Jobless Claims
  • Chicago PMI

Friday:

  • PMI Manufacturing Index
  • ISM Manufacturing Index
  • Construction Spending

Rates are still near record lows.  Contact us today to see if we can save you money on your home payments.

Carter Wessman is originally from the charming town of Norfolk, Massachusetts. When he isn’t busy writing about mortgage related topics, you can find him playing table tennis, or jamming on his bass guitar.


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