Mortgage Rates

May 30, 2015 12:22 PM Eastern

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Home Price (Purchase)
When you get a mortgage to purchase a home, the lender uses the lower of the agreed-upon purchase price or the property's appraised value to determine your maximum loan amount. The loan amount divided by the property home price equals your loan-to-value ratio, or LTV. That ratio is one of the major factors that lenders use to set your mortgage rate. If your LTV exceeds 80 percent, you'll probably be required to pay mortgage insurance, which increases your monthly payment. If the property appraises for less than the agreed-on purchase price, you are not usually required to complete the purchase.
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Home Value (Refinance)
This is your estimate of the current value of your property. When you refinance, your home is almost always evaluated by a licensed appraiser. The refinance loan amount divided by the property's appraised value equals your loan-to-value ratio (LTV), and that number is one of the major factors that determine your mortgage rate. To get an accurate refinance rate quote, your home value estimate must be reasonably accurate.
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Down Payment
The down payment is the amount you pay upfront when you finance property. Your purchase price minus your down payment equals your mortgage amount. The higher your down payment, the more likely you are to be approved for a home loan. If your down payment is less than 20 percent of the purchase price, you'll probably be required to pay for mortgage insurance, which increases your monthly payment.
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Credit Score
Your credit score is a number designed to measure your credit-worthiness. It's based on a formula that combines many factors, including your payment history, amount of credit used and number of accounts. This number is used by lenders to calculate the probability that you'll default on your mortgage. Most lenders won't approve mortgages to applicants with credit scores lower than 620. Your credit score is one of the most important factors that determines your mortgage rate - applicants with higher scores are offered better mortgage rates.

30YearFixed Rates as low as

Interest Rate
3.500%
APR
3.680%
Monthly Payment
$898
Total Mortgage Services
Interest Rate
3.500%
APR
3.680%
Monthly Payment
$898
(844) 334-6186 Contact
Total Mortgage Services
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Offer Details

Home Value $250,000
Requested Loan Amount $200,000
Lock Period 30 Days
Down Payment $50,000
Principal and Interest Payments $898
Estimated Mortgage Insurance Payments $0
Total Monthly Mortgage Payment $898
Lender Fees $4,398
Lender Credit $1,196
Total Closing Fees* $3,202
*Other 3rd party fees may apply
Total Mortgage Services
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About the Lender

Since 1997, Total Mortgage Services has been committed to making mortgages easier.  We combine the personal service and integrity of a local lender with the same low rates and wide variety of programs that you would expect from a big bank.  Total Mortgage is licensed in 32 states plus Washington, DC, and offers conventional, adjustable, jumbo, FHA, FHA 203K, USDA, condo, and co-op mortgages, among others.  We’re a Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Seller/Servicer, as well as a Ginnie Mae Issuer, we have access to some of the best rates and programs in the country.  Because we are smaller and more nimble than the big banks, we’re able to close most of our loans in 30 days or less.  We’re experts in mortgages because mortgages are all we do.

 

Total Mortgage believes strongly in responsible lending.  We want to help you attain financing that you can afford – today, tomorrow, and over the life of the loan.  We understand that you’re not just looking for a home, but a trusted financial partner to help you realize your dream of homeownership.  Total Mortgage believes you deserve a loan that is as individual as you are.

 

With an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and a customer service satisfaction rate over 95%, we stand firmly behind our product and service and feel confident that if you use us for your home loan, you will recommend us to your friends and family.  This dedication allowed us to be named to the Inc 5000 list of America’s fastest growing companies for four consecutive years.  We want the opportunity to earn your business, we want to be your lender for life.

Total Mortgage Services
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Lender Reviews

Total Mortgage Services

Yes, I recommend this lender

I have done over 10 loans with Total Mortgage and have referred all my family and friends. They do everything under one roof, processing, Underwriting and their closing department is all in one building! This made all my transactions flawless. If I could give them a 1000 start rating I would. Tremendous tremendous company!

By: Jason (New Jersey)
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Sebonic Financial
Interest Rate
3.625%
APR
3.731%
Monthly Payment
$913
(866) 544-4064 Contact
Sebonic Financial
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Offer Details

Home Value $250,000
Requested Loan Amount $200,000
Lock Period 30 Days
Down Payment $50,000
Principal and Interest Payments $913
Estimated Mortgage Insurance Payments $0
Total Monthly Mortgage Payment $913
Lender Fees $2,582
Lender Credit $0
Total Closing Fees* $2,582
*Other 3rd party fees may apply
Sebonic Financial
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About the Lender

Sebonic Financial is a division of Cardinal Financial Company, a full service mortgage banking firm in operation since 1987.  The company is an approved seller/servicer for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae. Cardinal is also an approved lending institution for the Department of Housing and Urban Development/Federal Housing Administration and the Department of Veteran Affairs/Veterans Administration with FHAs Direct Endorsement and VA Automatic Lender Authority.  Cardinal is an authorized lender for the USDA/Rural Housing Program, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and the New Jersey Mortgage Housing Finance Agency.

 

Cardinal is licensed by the Departments of Banking in many states, mainly in the eastern and southeastern United States.  Its retail and wholesale divisions originate first mortgage loans for qualified borrowers.

Sebonic Financial
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Lender Reviews

New House for a Army Veteran

Yes, I recommend this lender

To Everyone, I want to start off by saying this was my first time buying a house. Due to some disabilities from being in the Army, I never thought I would be able to buy a house. After seeing how low interest rates were with Sebonic/ Cardinal Financial I figured what do I have to lose in trying. With that said, I was informed my 660 score would be enough to qualify me and even if it had dropped to 620, there would be no problem. I was pre qualified for 200k and even a little more if needed. Courtney Burns answered all questions in a very professional response. Now what makes this very exciting for me is the fact that I'm 100% Disabled with VA and not being able to work. This was also due to almost no debt. My agent called and had other questions about how it could really be possible to give such great rates and have no processing fees. Even after call to verify I was continually told that Sebonic by my agent that this was too good to be true and that this was her first time working with an internet finance company and had only worked with local lenders in Asheville NC. (What is kind of funny is the one lender my real estate broker recommended to me pretty much hung up on me when I asked if they would like to match what was given by Sebonic was proposing.) The one thing I would like to mention is that Sebonic does require you to be pro active if you really want to be informed through out the total process. I know there were times Sebonic/ Cardinal wished I would stop calling for updates however; they did comply when asked and there were times I can recall for both Cortney Burns and Wes Putman responded on emails after hours. That made me feel important. Kind of made me feel a little sorry for Wes Putman my final Loan Processor when I saw he was responding around 11pm on a Saturday for one of my questions. There were times I was stressed during the process but who wouldn't for such a big purchase. My agent says she is not going to use them again due to her being left out of the loop and didn't know what was going on. The funny thing is that when we started working with Sebonic, we had both read how there was a big issue with communication on many reviews. We talked about it and the both of us decided that saving between 2k and 3k for processing fees others would charge made it hard not to go with it. We accepted it was worth the pain in making sure we were on target. The part I think my agent forgot is that if she wanted information or had a question she needed to email or call Sebonic. Sebonic didn't really CC her with all the steps going on. They only sent it to me since I was the only one with the information needed. In the end, I was giving updates to my agent on when the close was going to happen. The agent was always playing catchup ........I think it was partly their fault too in that. Lastly, I ended up with a 200k loan at 3.25% rate for 30 year fixed. I know it's going to be one of the best rates I could have ever got. You should know that with that rate, I did not have to pay one penny out of pocket to close on this house. The Seller paid 3% of close or up to 6k. ( VA home buyer please be aware that sellers can pay upto 4% on a VA loan). Well guess what??? It covered all of my inspections...Everything and I mean Everything! Knowing the real cost that could have been out of pocket for me even with a VA loan would have been around 5k. This was a home run for me and to think It's Memorial Day Weekend. What a great weekend to be sitting on my deck cooking out and drinking a beer. Cheers to everyone involved in allowing me to experience owning my first home. Sincerely, Thomas Army Veteran

By: Thomas (Asheville NC)

Wasting my time and MONEY

Talked me into my credit card info without all paperwork. Assured me that Remodeling was not a problem! They charged my credit card for appraisal. then stopped appraisal because of remodeling? Trying to get appraisal money back! Getting a lot of run around and delay? Cannot get supervisor contact info???

By: VERYverydisgruntled (Very dis gruntled)

Delays, Delays, Delays

It took over 2 months to close after providing all of the paperwork within 1 day of request. Of course there was only a 30 day lock, so they milked another 4 weeks of extension fees out of me. I complained about their tactics and got all but one week of fees reduced. At this time I just wanted to end my misery, so I took their offer just to get rid of them. Very poor business ethics and practices.

By: Delays (Upper Peninsula Michigan)
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15YearFixed Rates as low as

Interest Rate
2.750%
APR
2.933%
Monthly Payment
$1,357
Total Mortgage Services
Interest Rate
2.750%
APR
2.933%
Monthly Payment
$1,357
(844) 334-6186 Contact
Total Mortgage Services
Email Lender

Offer Details

Home Value $250,000
Requested Loan Amount $200,000
Lock Period 30 Days
Down Payment $50,000
Principal and Interest Payments $1,357
Estimated Mortgage Insurance Payments $0
Total Monthly Mortgage Payment $1,357
Lender Fees $2,542
Lender Credit $1,052
Total Closing Fees* $1,490
*Other 3rd party fees may apply
Total Mortgage Services
Email Lender

About the Lender

Since 1997, Total Mortgage Services has been committed to making mortgages easier.  We combine the personal service and integrity of a local lender with the same low rates and wide variety of programs that you would expect from a big bank.  Total Mortgage is licensed in 32 states plus Washington, DC, and offers conventional, adjustable, jumbo, FHA, FHA 203K, USDA, condo, and co-op mortgages, among others.  We’re a Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Seller/Servicer, as well as a Ginnie Mae Issuer, we have access to some of the best rates and programs in the country.  Because we are smaller and more nimble than the big banks, we’re able to close most of our loans in 30 days or less.  We’re experts in mortgages because mortgages are all we do.

 

Total Mortgage believes strongly in responsible lending.  We want to help you attain financing that you can afford – today, tomorrow, and over the life of the loan.  We understand that you’re not just looking for a home, but a trusted financial partner to help you realize your dream of homeownership.  Total Mortgage believes you deserve a loan that is as individual as you are.

 

With an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and a customer service satisfaction rate over 95%, we stand firmly behind our product and service and feel confident that if you use us for your home loan, you will recommend us to your friends and family.  This dedication allowed us to be named to the Inc 5000 list of America’s fastest growing companies for four consecutive years.  We want the opportunity to earn your business, we want to be your lender for life.

Total Mortgage Services
Email Lender Write a Review

Lender Reviews

Total Mortgage Services

Yes, I recommend this lender

I have done over 10 loans with Total Mortgage and have referred all my family and friends. They do everything under one roof, processing, Underwriting and their closing department is all in one building! This made all my transactions flawless. If I could give them a 1000 start rating I would. Tremendous tremendous company!

By: Jason (New Jersey)
See All Reviews
Sebonic Financial
Interest Rate
2.875%
APR
3.024%
Monthly Payment
$1,370
(866) 544-4064 Contact
Sebonic Financial
Email Lender

Offer Details

Home Value $250,000
Requested Loan Amount $200,000
Lock Period 30 Days
Down Payment $50,000
Principal and Interest Payments $1,370
Estimated Mortgage Insurance Payments $0
Total Monthly Mortgage Payment $1,370
Lender Fees $2,070
Lender Credit $0
Total Closing Fees* $2,070
*Other 3rd party fees may apply
Sebonic Financial
Email Lender

About the Lender

Sebonic Financial is a division of Cardinal Financial Company, a full service mortgage banking firm in operation since 1987.  The company is an approved seller/servicer for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae. Cardinal is also an approved lending institution for the Department of Housing and Urban Development/Federal Housing Administration and the Department of Veteran Affairs/Veterans Administration with FHAs Direct Endorsement and VA Automatic Lender Authority.  Cardinal is an authorized lender for the USDA/Rural Housing Program, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and the New Jersey Mortgage Housing Finance Agency.

 

Cardinal is licensed by the Departments of Banking in many states, mainly in the eastern and southeastern United States.  Its retail and wholesale divisions originate first mortgage loans for qualified borrowers.

Sebonic Financial
Email Lender Write a Review

Lender Reviews

New House for a Army Veteran

Yes, I recommend this lender

To Everyone, I want to start off by saying this was my first time buying a house. Due to some disabilities from being in the Army, I never thought I would be able to buy a house. After seeing how low interest rates were with Sebonic/ Cardinal Financial I figured what do I have to lose in trying. With that said, I was informed my 660 score would be enough to qualify me and even if it had dropped to 620, there would be no problem. I was pre qualified for 200k and even a little more if needed. Courtney Burns answered all questions in a very professional response. Now what makes this very exciting for me is the fact that I'm 100% Disabled with VA and not being able to work. This was also due to almost no debt. My agent called and had other questions about how it could really be possible to give such great rates and have no processing fees. Even after call to verify I was continually told that Sebonic by my agent that this was too good to be true and that this was her first time working with an internet finance company and had only worked with local lenders in Asheville NC. (What is kind of funny is the one lender my real estate broker recommended to me pretty much hung up on me when I asked if they would like to match what was given by Sebonic was proposing.) The one thing I would like to mention is that Sebonic does require you to be pro active if you really want to be informed through out the total process. I know there were times Sebonic/ Cardinal wished I would stop calling for updates however; they did comply when asked and there were times I can recall for both Cortney Burns and Wes Putman responded on emails after hours. That made me feel important. Kind of made me feel a little sorry for Wes Putman my final Loan Processor when I saw he was responding around 11pm on a Saturday for one of my questions. There were times I was stressed during the process but who wouldn't for such a big purchase. My agent says she is not going to use them again due to her being left out of the loop and didn't know what was going on. The funny thing is that when we started working with Sebonic, we had both read how there was a big issue with communication on many reviews. We talked about it and the both of us decided that saving between 2k and 3k for processing fees others would charge made it hard not to go with it. We accepted it was worth the pain in making sure we were on target. The part I think my agent forgot is that if she wanted information or had a question she needed to email or call Sebonic. Sebonic didn't really CC her with all the steps going on. They only sent it to me since I was the only one with the information needed. In the end, I was giving updates to my agent on when the close was going to happen. The agent was always playing catchup ........I think it was partly their fault too in that. Lastly, I ended up with a 200k loan at 3.25% rate for 30 year fixed. I know it's going to be one of the best rates I could have ever got. You should know that with that rate, I did not have to pay one penny out of pocket to close on this house. The Seller paid 3% of close or up to 6k. ( VA home buyer please be aware that sellers can pay upto 4% on a VA loan). Well guess what??? It covered all of my inspections...Everything and I mean Everything! Knowing the real cost that could have been out of pocket for me even with a VA loan would have been around 5k. This was a home run for me and to think It's Memorial Day Weekend. What a great weekend to be sitting on my deck cooking out and drinking a beer. Cheers to everyone involved in allowing me to experience owning my first home. Sincerely, Thomas Army Veteran

By: Thomas (Asheville NC)

Wasting my time and MONEY

Talked me into my credit card info without all paperwork. Assured me that Remodeling was not a problem! They charged my credit card for appraisal. then stopped appraisal because of remodeling? Trying to get appraisal money back! Getting a lot of run around and delay? Cannot get supervisor contact info???

By: VERYverydisgruntled (Very dis gruntled)

Delays, Delays, Delays

It took over 2 months to close after providing all of the paperwork within 1 day of request. Of course there was only a 30 day lock, so they milked another 4 weeks of extension fees out of me. I complained about their tactics and got all but one week of fees reduced. At this time I just wanted to end my misery, so I took their offer just to get rid of them. Very poor business ethics and practices.

By: Delays (Upper Peninsula Michigan)
See All Reviews

5 Year ARM Rates as low as

Interest Rate
2.500%
APR
2.948%
Monthly Payment
$791
Sebonic Financial
Interest Rate
2.500%
APR
2.948%
Monthly Payment
$791
(866) 544-4064 Contact
Sebonic Financial
Email Lender

Offer Details

Home Value $250,000
Requested Loan Amount $200,000
Lock Period 30 Days
Down Payment $50,000
Principal and Interest Payments $791
Estimated Mortgage Insurance Payments $0
Total Monthly Mortgage Payment $791
Lender Fees $2,588
Lender Credit $0
Total Closing Fees* $2,588
*Other 3rd party fees may apply
Sebonic Financial
Email Lender

About the Lender

Sebonic Financial is a division of Cardinal Financial Company, a full service mortgage banking firm in operation since 1987.  The company is an approved seller/servicer for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae. Cardinal is also an approved lending institution for the Department of Housing and Urban Development/Federal Housing Administration and the Department of Veteran Affairs/Veterans Administration with FHAs Direct Endorsement and VA Automatic Lender Authority.  Cardinal is an authorized lender for the USDA/Rural Housing Program, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and the New Jersey Mortgage Housing Finance Agency.

 

Cardinal is licensed by the Departments of Banking in many states, mainly in the eastern and southeastern United States.  Its retail and wholesale divisions originate first mortgage loans for qualified borrowers.

Sebonic Financial
Email Lender Write a Review

Lender Reviews

New House for a Army Veteran

Yes, I recommend this lender

To Everyone, I want to start off by saying this was my first time buying a house. Due to some disabilities from being in the Army, I never thought I would be able to buy a house. After seeing how low interest rates were with Sebonic/ Cardinal Financial I figured what do I have to lose in trying. With that said, I was informed my 660 score would be enough to qualify me and even if it had dropped to 620, there would be no problem. I was pre qualified for 200k and even a little more if needed. Courtney Burns answered all questions in a very professional response. Now what makes this very exciting for me is the fact that I'm 100% Disabled with VA and not being able to work. This was also due to almost no debt. My agent called and had other questions about how it could really be possible to give such great rates and have no processing fees. Even after call to verify I was continually told that Sebonic by my agent that this was too good to be true and that this was her first time working with an internet finance company and had only worked with local lenders in Asheville NC. (What is kind of funny is the one lender my real estate broker recommended to me pretty much hung up on me when I asked if they would like to match what was given by Sebonic was proposing.) The one thing I would like to mention is that Sebonic does require you to be pro active if you really want to be informed through out the total process. I know there were times Sebonic/ Cardinal wished I would stop calling for updates however; they did comply when asked and there were times I can recall for both Cortney Burns and Wes Putman responded on emails after hours. That made me feel important. Kind of made me feel a little sorry for Wes Putman my final Loan Processor when I saw he was responding around 11pm on a Saturday for one of my questions. There were times I was stressed during the process but who wouldn't for such a big purchase. My agent says she is not going to use them again due to her being left out of the loop and didn't know what was going on. The funny thing is that when we started working with Sebonic, we had both read how there was a big issue with communication on many reviews. We talked about it and the both of us decided that saving between 2k and 3k for processing fees others would charge made it hard not to go with it. We accepted it was worth the pain in making sure we were on target. The part I think my agent forgot is that if she wanted information or had a question she needed to email or call Sebonic. Sebonic didn't really CC her with all the steps going on. They only sent it to me since I was the only one with the information needed. In the end, I was giving updates to my agent on when the close was going to happen. The agent was always playing catchup ........I think it was partly their fault too in that. Lastly, I ended up with a 200k loan at 3.25% rate for 30 year fixed. I know it's going to be one of the best rates I could have ever got. You should know that with that rate, I did not have to pay one penny out of pocket to close on this house. The Seller paid 3% of close or up to 6k. ( VA home buyer please be aware that sellers can pay upto 4% on a VA loan). Well guess what??? It covered all of my inspections...Everything and I mean Everything! Knowing the real cost that could have been out of pocket for me even with a VA loan would have been around 5k. This was a home run for me and to think It's Memorial Day Weekend. What a great weekend to be sitting on my deck cooking out and drinking a beer. Cheers to everyone involved in allowing me to experience owning my first home. Sincerely, Thomas Army Veteran

By: Thomas (Asheville NC)

Wasting my time and MONEY

Talked me into my credit card info without all paperwork. Assured me that Remodeling was not a problem! They charged my credit card for appraisal. then stopped appraisal because of remodeling? Trying to get appraisal money back! Getting a lot of run around and delay? Cannot get supervisor contact info???

By: VERYverydisgruntled (Very dis gruntled)

Delays, Delays, Delays

It took over 2 months to close after providing all of the paperwork within 1 day of request. Of course there was only a 30 day lock, so they milked another 4 weeks of extension fees out of me. I complained about their tactics and got all but one week of fees reduced. At this time I just wanted to end my misery, so I took their offer just to get rid of them. Very poor business ethics and practices.

By: Delays (Upper Peninsula Michigan)
See All Reviews
Total Mortgage Services
Interest Rate
2.500%
APR
2.938%
Monthly Payment
$790
(844) 334-6186 Contact
Total Mortgage Services
Email Lender

Offer Details

Home Value $250,000
Requested Loan Amount $200,000
Lock Period 30 Days
Down Payment $50,000
Principal and Interest Payments $790
Estimated Mortgage Insurance Payments $0
Total Monthly Mortgage Payment $790
Lender Fees $3,458
Lender Credit $136
Total Closing Fees* $3,322
*Other 3rd party fees may apply
Total Mortgage Services
Email Lender

About the Lender

Since 1997, Total Mortgage Services has been committed to making mortgages easier.  We combine the personal service and integrity of a local lender with the same low rates and wide variety of programs that you would expect from a big bank.  Total Mortgage is licensed in 32 states plus Washington, DC, and offers conventional, adjustable, jumbo, FHA, FHA 203K, USDA, condo, and co-op mortgages, among others.  We’re a Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Seller/Servicer, as well as a Ginnie Mae Issuer, we have access to some of the best rates and programs in the country.  Because we are smaller and more nimble than the big banks, we’re able to close most of our loans in 30 days or less.  We’re experts in mortgages because mortgages are all we do.

 

Total Mortgage believes strongly in responsible lending.  We want to help you attain financing that you can afford – today, tomorrow, and over the life of the loan.  We understand that you’re not just looking for a home, but a trusted financial partner to help you realize your dream of homeownership.  Total Mortgage believes you deserve a loan that is as individual as you are.

 

With an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and a customer service satisfaction rate over 95%, we stand firmly behind our product and service and feel confident that if you use us for your home loan, you will recommend us to your friends and family.  This dedication allowed us to be named to the Inc 5000 list of America’s fastest growing companies for four consecutive years.  We want the opportunity to earn your business, we want to be your lender for life.

Total Mortgage Services
Email Lender Write a Review

Lender Reviews

Total Mortgage Services

Yes, I recommend this lender

I have done over 10 loans with Total Mortgage and have referred all my family and friends. They do everything under one roof, processing, Underwriting and their closing department is all in one building! This made all my transactions flawless. If I could give them a 1000 start rating I would. Tremendous tremendous company!

By: Jason (New Jersey)
See All Reviews
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Mortgage Rate Lock Recommendation

May 29 2015
  •   Float if closing in 7 days:
    Rates may be heading down
  •   Float if closing in 15 days:
    Rates may be heading down
  •   Lock if closing in 30 days:
    Rates may be heading up

Although today's second estimate of U.S. GDP for the first quarter of 2015 was awaited with great anticipation, it's unlikely to have a lasting impact on markets, because it's a "rear-view mirror" measure. A downward revision into negative territory was widely expected, and the -0.7 percent seasonally adjusted annualized rate reported this morning by the Bureau of Economic Analysis wasn't a huge surprise. In the hour following the announcement, the Dow Jones industrial average fell by 0.2 percent, but began to climb again soon after.

In a speech last Friday, Federal Reserve chairperson Janet Yellen set the tone for economic sentiment with an optimistic line. She dubbed the first quarter "statistical noise," spoke of "the waning of the headwinds" and suggested "the U.S. economy seems well positioned for continued growth."

True, today's University of Michigan consumer surveys (final data for May) hardly support Ms Yellen's case, but she has a loud voice that markets listen to, and Fed chairpeople may be wrong slightly less often than lay consumers. The surveys' publishers observed:

Although the loss in confidence narrowed in late May, the decline for the month as a whole was still substantial as consumers have adopted more modest prospects for a rebound following the economy's dismal 1st quarter performance.

In news that suggests many consumers are more optimistic than that, the National Association of Realtors yesterday revealed pending home sales in April were running at their fastest rate in nine years.

Greece continues to be a source of great concern, as it plays chicken with default. Its government has been negotiating -- so far unsuccessfully -- with creditors ahead of a €300 million ($329 million) payment due to the International Monetary Fund on June 5. Greek ministers have made clear they are unable or unwilling to make the payment, and the consequences of a default and possible exit from the Eurozone could spread across Europe and beyond. This could see investors pouring money into the perceived haven provided by U.S. markets, which should drive bond yields down.

Ten-year U.S. Treasury bonds are particularly important, because they're the ones that compete most directly for investors' money with the residential mortgage market. And yields for those are already down. They closed yesterday at 2.13 percent, one basis point below Tuesday's and Wednesday's level. That's well below both last Friday's 2.21 percent and the 2015-high of 2.28 percent reached the week before last.

The relationship between 10-year bond yields and mortgage rates is close, but far from perfect. That was illustrated by the fact that average mortgage rates remained essentially flat -- in spite of those bond yields spiking -- during the week ending May 21.

However, according to Freddie Mac's latest weekly rate figures, published yesterday, the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage climbed to 3.87 percent with an average 0.6 point during week ending May 28. Perhaps those bond spikes just took a while to feed through, because overall average mortgage rates reached a 2015-high that week.

In spite of that high providing plenty of opportunities for small falls, floating until nearer to your closing date in the hope of a lower mortgage rate is still a risk. A flurry of poor domestic data (stand by for income and spending, construction spending and ISM manufacturing index numbers on Monday), or resolution of the Greek crisis or any one of a number of other factors could reverse the anticipated trend. However, on the balance of probabilities, it seems more likely that rates will inch down over the next couple of weeks. Beyond that, and amidst so much uncertainty, the future is opaque. However, there are some grounds to expect rates to rise again over that longer period, and LendingTree is, for now, sticking to its Lock recommendation for those closing in 30 days.

Forecasting the direction of mortgage rates is difficult at the best of times. Something that might generally push them up (bad economic news, say) can also exert a downward force (because investors tend not to fear inflation and demand for loans is lower when times are tough) -- and vice versa. Those forecasts are especially perilous when the future prospects of the American and other economies are so hard to judge. However, absent shock developments, few expect significant or rapid changes in mortgage rates within the scope of these rate lock recommendations.

What Does it Mean to "Lock" Your Mortgage?

"Locking" your mortgage means that you and your lender have agreed on an interest rate and price for your home loan. Once your loan is locked, that's the rate and price you get, regardless of what happens in the financial markets. If rates go up, you're protected but if rates go down, you won't benefit either -- you close your loan at the rate you've locked and you can’t change it. Locks have expiration dates ranging from 30 to 60 days or more, and the longer your lock period, the more it costs. If you don't close your loan on time, you could end up paying a higher interest rate.

When Should You Lock?

You can lock in your loan at any time during the process. Until you lock your interest rate, you are said to be "floating" your mortgage. The only rule is that you have to lock in before you can close on your purchase or refinance.

The decision to lock or float your loan can have a long term impact so it’s important you make the right choice. That’s why we offer a quick rundown of the key factors that drive mortgage rates today and everything you need to know.

Mortgage Rates by State

Mortgage rates can vary a lot between lenders on any given day. So, if you only get one mortgage quote, you won't have any idea if there's a better deal out there. That's why the best way to get a mortgage rate it to request quotes from multiple lenders and compare interest rates, loan terms and closing costs. It puts you on in charge and keeps the banks competing to get you the best rate possible. Remember, even .1 percent can amount to thousands of dollars over the course of a loan. Make sure you shop around!

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