Factors That Affect Home Mortgage Rates

Home loans can be generally placed into one of four categories; Conventional, Alt-A and Sub Prime and second mortgages/home equity lines of credit. We will briefly touch on what impacts rates for each of these types of loans.

Let’s start with the most common, conventional loans. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are quasi governmental agencies that set the guidelines for what is considered a conventional loan. If a loan meets Fannie or Freddie ...

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How Interest Rates Change Daily

The mainstream mortgage market is no longer run or controlled by the banks. Wall Street has replaced the traditional bank and now pulls purse strings of this vast mortgage market via “mortgage backed securities.”  A mortgage backed security (MBS) is simply a bond instrument in which anyone can invest. MBS’s are trading in the free and open market everyday just like stocks and bonds.  The collateral for this investment is a group or “pool” of home mortgages just like the ...

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