There are only 10 calendar days remaining in the Fed's MBS Purchase Program, as it is scheduled to end on March 31st. What does this mean for interest rates?
The program was implemented in January 2009 to help add some liquidity to the secondary lending market. The goal of the program was to provide support to mortgage and housing markets and to foster improved conditions in financial markets more generally. At the time, mortgage lending was risky and investers were hesitant to buy mortgage backed securities (MBS) and hold them in their portfolios. The Fed stepped in and agreed to buy/back $1.250 trillion of MBS, under the supervision of the FOMC. As a result, the secondary market received a much needed boost from the Fed and the refi-boom was again in full force as interest rates hit historical lows.
What happens now? Well, many investors and analysts are predicting that interest rates will start to trend upwards after the 31st, as anxiety will hit the marketplace. Interest rates are not expected to sky rocket, but some analyst have forecasted rates to hit 5.500% by early May 2010.
In the meantime, 30YR fixed interest rates remian at 4.875% to start the week of March 22, 2010. We at HomeQuest urge anyone seeking home financing needs to act now, while the interest rates remain at historical lows.