Tuesday, November 25, 2008

30 year fixed rate falls nearly 3/4%

The 30 year fixed fell nearly a full .75% today. It dropped as far as 5.25% before ending the day at $5.5%. This happened after Paulson said the FED will buy up to 600 billion in debt. Lets hope the rate reduction sticks. Lower rates will allow more people to buy with affordable payments.

From Bloomberg

Nov. 25 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. mortgage rates fell more than three-quarters of a percentage point today after the Federal Reserve said it will buy as much as $600 billion of debt.

The average U.S. rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage ended the day at about 5.5 percent after falling to as low as 5.25 percent, according to Bankrate Inc. It was 6.38 percent this morning, North Palm Beach, Florida-based Bankrate said, based on a wider sampling than the so-called overnight rate published on its Web site.

The Fed said it will purchase mortgage-backed securities issued by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae, a government agency that insures bonds. Today’s lower rates indicate the central bankers may have achieved their goal of bringing liquidity to mortgage markets, said Neal Soss, chief economist at Credit Suisse Group in New York and a former aide to Fed chief Paul Volcker.

“These are not the assets that have caused all the trouble -- these are quality mortgages that have been orphaned because investors have been reluctant to part with cash,” Soss said in an interview. “The government stepping in to buy them up may hasten the day when we finally find a bottom in housing.”


Mberenis said...

Most people don't realize how much money there is out there. During economic times like this, there is more money to be had than ever. Because of the bailouts and economy, lenders are bending over backwards to bail you out too. Believe it or not, there is people getting tons of cheap money nowdays to start businesses, buy homes, pay off debt, and more. Bailouts for Everyone

Martin Burtin said...

Oh hell yes! You're talk'n my language Mrbpenis. Free flow'n bailout money, homes for free, pay off debt with OPM, start biz without investing a dime... ya right. Run along, spammer.