So what are mortgage rates doing?
That’s an interesting question. The conforming 30 year fixed rate has actually been falling. That is the bright star in a dark sky. But, it helps pull FHA, VA, CalHFA and any agency 100% programs down with it.
Freddie Mac last week reported the average 30 year fixed rates in the West at around 6.5% at half a point. And although things are bouncing around a bit, conforming rates continue their gradual decline. That makes it a great time for borrowers who can cobble together a down payment and document income.
Jumbo rates–and pretty much everything else–are a different story. The customary 25 basis point spread between the conforming (under $417k) and jumbo rates has widened in recent weeks to at least 100 basis points, putting the best jumbo 30 yr rates in the low 7% range.
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