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Mortgage rates rose moved down towards the Febuary 14th territory after rising a full 1/8 of a percent in the week eneding February 21, 2014. International unrest led worldwide capital to fly towards American bond markets and that made mortgage bonds attractive again to investors. Conflicting economic data on Friday stalled a big rally and broght rates in line with the lowest they've been in two weeks.
You can follow the national average mortgage rates at Bankrate.com. San Diego mortgage rates tend to be .125% LOWER than the national average. Average rates as of February 6, 2014:
30 Year fixed conventional average= 4.30%
15 Year fixed conventional average= 3.32%
30 year fixed VA/FHA average= 3.87%
30 year fixed VA/FHA jumbo avg.= 4.13%
5/1 adjustable rate conv. average= 3.49%
Absent any crazy inflation data next week, we expect the bond market to firm up a bit and mortgage rates to drop a little bit next week. We don't think it unreasonable to hold out for VA/FHA rates of 3.75% and conventional rates of 4.0%. As always, floating can be very riskyiand may not be suitable for all borrowers. Next week's jobs report might be a market mover. Make sure that you are dealing with a knowledgable originator if you choose to float.
Congratulations to Jason Lopez on his new position as Team Leader of Keller Williams La Mesa. I"ve known Jason for a number of years and his knowledge, enthusiasm, leadership skills, and management style will be an asset to a fine brand name.