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Massachusetts mortgage rates...


Massachusetts mortgage rates closed the month of November at a near 52 week low, causing new loan originations at many brokerage firms to soar.  Many homeowners decided to take advantage of the opportunity and were able to lock-in at historically low interest rates.  On November 27th, mortgage backed securities (MBS: FNMA 30YR 4.50%) traded at their highest price since January 7, 2009, driving 30 Year Fixed rates down to 4.625%.  The national 30 year fixed rate mortgage averaged 4.71% for the week ending Dec. 3rd...the lowest average since Freddie Mac began its weekly survey in 1971. To benchmark, Massachusetts mortgage rates are down from 4.78% last week and 5.53% a year ago.  Those tracking rates may recall mortgage rates around 6.00% this past summer. 

In general, bond prices and bond yields share an inverse relationship...when mortgage backed securities are in high demand, MBS prices increase and yields decline.  When bond yields decline, mortgage rates typically decrease.  Bonds are a safe-haven for financial investors looking for an alternative to the risky equity markets.  Last week, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke announced that the recovery would not be an easy one, inflation will remain low and that rates will remain low for an extended period of time.  As a result, the mortgage backed securities experienced a substantial sell-off, causing prices to drop and mortgage rates to increase .125-.250% by week ending Friday December 4th.

In summary, I encourage anyone pondering the thought of refinancing to act now and take advantage of the all-time low rates...don't attempt to time the market!  Many homeowners are hesitant to pull the trigger in hopes of obtaining a lower rate and end up missing the opportunity.  Often times, the media/publications can confuse borrowers. Rate shoppers become frustrated when they call their mortgage broker inquiring about current rates to find out the rates are different then what they're reading online or in the newspaper.  It's important that shoppers understand mortgage backed securities are indeed "securities" that trade in "real time" and are subject to change hourly due to market volatility.  Many online advertising websites are updated 3-4 times daily, however it is too cumbersome a project to modify websites an a minute-by-minute basis.  Newspaper rates are typically due the Wednesday before the Sunday publication, thus mortgage rates are nearly 4 days out-dated by the time shoppers are reading the mortgage grids.

Lastly, Fannie Mae announced it will be tightening their lending guidelines on December doubt causing headaches for borrowers looking to obtain financing.

HomeQuest Mortgage offers a FREE Rate Alert program to assist our customers.  Simply tell us what rate you desire and our team of analyst will contact you once your target rate is available.  To learn more, visit


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