February 25th, 2009 3:15 PM by Lehel Szucs
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE:
The bond market has turned sour as investors again worry about the amount of new debt being sold to fund the stimulus and Fed bailout packages. The stock markets rallied off this morning's lows during early afternoon trading but have since given back those gains to currently stand at this morning's levels. The Dow is now down 80 points while the Nasdaq is down 16 points. The bond market has fallen from this morning's levels to currently stand down 39/32, which will likely cause an upward revision to this afternoon's mortgage rates of approximately .375 of a discount point from this morning's rates.
Today's only economic data was January's Existing Home Sales that showed a decline in home resales of 5.3%. This was much weaker than expected and the lowest level of sales in almost 12 years. That is good news for bonds and mortgage rates, but this data is not considered to be of high importance and unfortunately has not influenced today's rates.
The only important data scheduled for release tomorrow is January's Durable Goods Orders data. This data gives us an important measurement of manufacturing sector strength by tracking orders at U.S. factories for items expected to last three or more years. A larger drop than the 2.5% that is expected would be good news for the bond market and mortgage rates. This data is quite volatile from month-to-month, so large swings are fairly normal.
We will also get weekly unemployment claims from the Labor Department, who are expected to show that 625,000 new claims were filed last week. Since this data tracks a week's worth of claims, it usually does not affect mortgage rates too much, but can if it varies greatly from forecasts.
If I were considering financing/refinancing a home, I would.... Lock if my closing was taking place within 7 days... Float if my closing was taking place between 8 and 20 days... Float if my clos ing was taking place between 21 and 60 days... Float if my closing was taking place over 60 days from now... This is only my opinion of what I would do if I were financing a home. It is only an opinion and cannot be guaranteed to be in the best interest of all/any other borrowers.
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