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By Laura Kelley | Agent in San Diego, CA

Mortgage Rates Steady

Survey: Mortgage Rates Steady

RISMEDIA, January 27, 2011—Mortgage rates have remained steady, according to the latest figures from FreeRateUpdate.com. Current 30-year conforming fixed mortgage rates are at 4.625 percent, 15-year conforming fixed mortgage rates are at 3.875 percent and conforming 5/1 adjustable mortgage rates are at 3.125 percent. Well-qualified borrowers are able to take advantage of these low conforming mortgage rates with only 0.7 to 1.0 percent origination fees.

Current 30-year fixed FHA mortgage rates are 4.500 percent, 15-year fixed FHA mortgage rates are 4.000 percent, and FHA 5/1 adjustable rate mortgage rates are 3.125 percent. FHA mortgages have more favorable loan terms than conforming mortgage rates. The tradeoff, however, is the higher closing costs associated with an FHA loan. Additional fees that the Federal Housing Administration charges to borrowers include upfront mortgage insurance premiums, annual mortgage insurance premiums, additional residential appraisals, etc.

Jumbo mortgage rates are likewise currently stable. Current 30-year fixed jumbo mortgage rates are 5.125 percent, 15-year fixed jumbo mortgage rates are 4.750 percent, and jumbo 5/1 adjustable mortgage rates are 3.875 percent. Borrowers interested in obtaining a jumbo mortgage loan are able to do so in excess of the conforming loan limit for their desired area.

Mortgage back securities (MBS) prices are currently higher today than yesterday. MBS prices have in increased by +9/32 (FNMA 30-year 4.5 at 102.11). Mortgage rates and MBS prices have an inverse relationship, which means they move in opposite directions. Therefore, as MBS prices increase, mortgage rates are expected to decrease.

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