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Miami, FL, United States, 2006/04/17 - With Florida mortgage loan rates rising, home owners that have been thinking about refinancing should do it now..
With Florida home mortgage rates rising now is the time to refinance. Refinancing now turns home equity into cash to pay off credit cards or car loans.
Even if the mortgage rate is a little higher than expected, opportunities exist to “buy down” an interest rate. This is a process where you pay extra points to the lender to get a better interest rate. It costs more at the beginning of the loan but greater savings are made over the mortgage term.
Mortgage rates are ever changing and there are many factors that determine Florida refinance mortgage rates. The Fed, economic indicators, international crisis and the labor market are just some of the main components that push mortgage interest rates up or down. Long-term Treasury yields, like the 10 year note, are the central focus for fixed rate mortgages.
A nationwide survey of lending institutions on April 5, 2006 showed:
Fixed rate mortgages for a 30 year loan were up to 6.25%. Last week, this same fixed rate mortgage was at 6.125%. Last year this same 30 year Florida fixed rate mortgage was 5.75%. These fixed rate mortgages are usually for “A” borrowers (borrowers who have good FICO scores, good job stability and low debt to income ratios). Fixed rate mortgages for a 15 year loan followed similar patterns. 5.875% this week, 5.75% last week and a big increase from 5.375% last year
Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARM) are rising due to rate hikes by the Fed. An average 5/1 ARM is up to 5.75% this week up from 5.625% last week. The popular but very volatile one year ARM had a big jump to 5.625% from 4.875% a week ago. Florida Adjustable Rate Mortgages will probably keep rising because of the Federal Reserve's (the Fed) continuing trend to raise the Fed rate. Wall Street expects the trend to continue because the Fed will probably raise rates again at their meeting on May 10th.
The good news is that if you are thinking of a Florida refinance mortgage, now is the time to contact a lender and start the loan process. The longer you delay, the more you will pay. Also, if you are having difficulty qualifying for a loan, the higher Florida refinance mortgage rate will raise the monthly payment which could disqualify you from the loan!
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