What Factors Affect Mortgage Rates And Loan Terms

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What Factors Affect Mortgage Rates

National mortgage rates fluctuate up and down several times daily. Some days are more volatile than others.

  • However, the par rates from the Federal Reserve Board is not the actual rate each individual borrowers get
  • Mortgage Rates have something called positive and negative adjustments to the par mortgage rates
  • This is depending on each individual borrower
  • Just because the national par 30-year fixed mortgage rate is 3.75% on a conventional loan does not mean that every home buyer will get the 3.75% interest rate

Par Mortgage Rates Versus Loan Level Pricing Adjustments

What Factors Affect Mortgage Rates

The be most qualified borrower to get par rates of 3.75% (this rate is for illustrative purposes only) they need the following:

  • perfect credit
  • single-family home purchase
  • over 740 credit scores
  • reserves
  • 25% down payment and/or 75% LTV
  • no negative credit item
  • reserves

A borrower with the above credit profile will most likely not have any negative price adjustments and get the best par 3.75% mortgage rates:

  • Borrowers with lower credit scores, high loan to value, higher debt to income ratios, will most likely get a negative price adjustment
  • Their mortgage rates will definitely be higher

Credit Scores And What Factors Affect Mortgage Rates

Credit scores have the biggest impact on mortgage rates, especially with conventional loans.

  • The lower credit scores are, the higher mortgage rates will be

For example, let’s take a case scenario:

  • if mortgage rates nationally are 3.75%
  • this rate will only be available for borrowers with credit scores of 740 or higher on a conventional loan

Conventional loan programs are extremely credit score sensitive:

  • If credit scores drop to 720 mortgage rates may be 4.0%
  • If credit scores are at 700 mortgage rates may be 4.25%
  • If credit scores fall between 680 and 699 mortgage rate may be 4.5%
  • If credit scores fall between 660 and 679 mortgage rates may be 4.75%
  • If credit scores fall between 640 and 659 credit scores may be 5.0%
  • If credit scores are 620 and 639 mortgage rates can be over 5.0% to 6.0% on a conventional loan

FHA loans are not as credit score sensitive as conventional loans.

Let’s take a case scenario and say FHA mortgage rates are around 4.0% nationally (We are using rates on this blog for illustration purposes only):

  • If credit scores are at 680 or greater, the chances are that borrowers will get the best mortgage rates on FHA Loans
  • However, if credit scores fall below 600 borrowers may get mortgage rates higher than 5.0% plus possibly pay discount points due to Loan Level Pricing Adjustments (LLPA)

Cash-Out Refinance Mortgage Has Higher Mortgage Rates

Why a mortgage refinancing payment has a higher mortgage rate

Homeowners who want cash-out refinance mortgage loans will get a higher mortgage rate.

  • No matter which mortgage loan program borrowers choose, almost all lenders will charge between a 0.25% to 0.75% mortgage rate increase over the par rate on the cash-out feature.

Multiple-Units And 203k Loans Have Higher Mortgage Rates

Multiple-unit properties, 2 to 4 units, have higher mortgage rates than single-family homes for all mortgage loan programs.

  • Both conventional, FHA, VA multiple unit property loans will normally have a 0.25% to 0.75% mortgage rate adjustment over par rates
  • FHA 203k loan programs have higher mortgage rates

Normally, a 0.50% rate increase adjustment will be charged on an FHA 203k loan.

Loan To Value Price Adjustment

What is risk and rewards?

To get the best mortgage rates, you need a loan to value of 75% LTV or lower.

  • Any loan to value higher than 75% LTV will get a mortgage rate price adjustment

Risk Versus Rewards

The higher risk borrowers pose to lenders, the higher the mortgage rates.

  • Lower credit scores pose a great risk for the mortgage lenders
  • That is why lenders will charge a higher mortgage rate than those with higher credit scores
  • A borrower who has more skin in the game, larger down payment, minimizes the risk to the mortgage lenders
  • A larger down payment is considered compensating factors
  • Less risk on lenders
  • So a borrower with a larger down payment will be charged a lower mortgage rate
  • The lower the loan to value is, the lower the mortgage rate

2 to 4 unit properties pose a greater risk to lenders than a single-family home. Mortgage lenders charge a higher rate for multi-unit properties.  Same with high-end homes.  Mortgage rates for jumbo mortgages are higher than conventional mortgage rates and a larger down payment is required for jumbo mortgage loans. Condos have higher rates than single-family homes. Higher debt to income ratio borrowers gets higher rates. Manual Underwriting has higher rates than borrowers with approve/eligible per Automated Underwriting System.

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