Mortgage Rates

May 28, 2015 07:49 AM 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
3.695%
Monthly Payment
$898
Total Mortgage Services
Interest Rate
3.500%
APR
3.695%
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 $4,772
Lender Credit $822
Total Closing Fees* $3,950
*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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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
3.250%
APR
4.150%
Monthly Payment
$1,005
(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 $871
Estimated Mortgage Insurance Payments $134
Total Monthly Mortgage Payment $1,005
Lender Fees $4,580
Lender Credit $0
Total Closing Fees* $4,580
*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.

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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)

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)

Great job!

Yes, I recommend this lender

I had a great experience with Sebonic,I was very nervous about using this lender, but after shopping around with local lenders and online lenders, I can tell you that I got the best interest rate and best closing cost and great costumer service from Sebonic. I will definitely recommend Sebonic to all my friends and family. Sebonic did an amazing job!!!

By: Pembroke (Pembroke Pines, FL)
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Consumer Direct Mortgage, a division of FirstBank
Interest Rate
3.250%
APR
4.115%
Monthly Payment
$1,005
(855) 997-1825 Contact
Consumer Direct Mortgage, a division of FirstBank
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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 $871
Estimated Mortgage Insurance Payments $134
Total Monthly Mortgage Payment $1,005
Lender Fees $3,750
Lender Credit $0
Total Closing Fees* $3,750
*Other 3rd party fees may apply
Consumer Direct Mortgage, a division of FirstBank
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About the Lender

At Consumer Direct Mortgage, we know that each customer has specific needs, so we strive to meet those specific needs with a wide array of products, investment tools, mortgages and best of all quality service and individual attention.You are our priority and we know that superior service, delivering what was offered, coupled with the lowest overall cost is the way to keep you as a customer for life. In a lending environment where everyone is offering the same core products and programs, we know that we have to separate ourselves with an unwavering commitment to services and delivering the lowest overall total cost to close every day. Our sales and operations team is comprised of veteran Mortgage Professionals that are committed to this philosophy and understand what it takes to get the job done on time and at the agreed upon terms and conditions presented.
Consumer Direct Mortgage, a division of FirstBank
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Lender Reviews

Highly recommend!

Yes, I recommend this lender

Incredibly attentive. An absolute joy to work with. Highly recommend!

By: hk4394 (Milton, FL)

Mikes Refinance

Yes, I recommend this lender

Had a great experience with Consumer Direct. It was a non painful refinance and a great rate. Pat and Jamie were a pleasure to work with and always responded to me in a timely manner, whether it be by email or phone. 2 thumbs up!!!!

By: Anonymous (Boynton Beach, FL)

Mikes Refinance

Yes, I recommend this lender

I had a great experience working with Consumer Direct. Very professional, caring and actually returned my calls right away when I had any questions or concerns about my loan. I would highly recommend this company. (and I got a great rate!!!!) Mike

By: Robinson (Boynton Beach, FL)
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15 Year Fixed Rates as low as

Interest Rate
2.750%
APR
2.898%
Monthly Payment
$1,358
Consumer Direct Mortgage, a division of FirstBank
Interest Rate
2.750%
APR
2.898%
Monthly Payment
$1,358
(855) 997-1825 Contact
Consumer Direct Mortgage, a division of FirstBank
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 $1,358
Estimated Mortgage Insurance Payments $0
Total Monthly Mortgage Payment $1,358
Lender Fees $2,064
Lender Credit $0
Total Closing Fees* $2,064
*Other 3rd party fees may apply
Consumer Direct Mortgage, a division of FirstBank
Email Lender

About the Lender

At Consumer Direct Mortgage, we know that each customer has specific needs, so we strive to meet those specific needs with a wide array of products, investment tools, mortgages and best of all quality service and individual attention.You are our priority and we know that superior service, delivering what was offered, coupled with the lowest overall cost is the way to keep you as a customer for life. In a lending environment where everyone is offering the same core products and programs, we know that we have to separate ourselves with an unwavering commitment to services and delivering the lowest overall total cost to close every day. Our sales and operations team is comprised of veteran Mortgage Professionals that are committed to this philosophy and understand what it takes to get the job done on time and at the agreed upon terms and conditions presented.
Consumer Direct Mortgage, a division of FirstBank
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Lender Reviews

Highly recommend!

Yes, I recommend this lender

Incredibly attentive. An absolute joy to work with. Highly recommend!

By: hk4394 (Milton, FL)

Mikes Refinance

Yes, I recommend this lender

Had a great experience with Consumer Direct. It was a non painful refinance and a great rate. Pat and Jamie were a pleasure to work with and always responded to me in a timely manner, whether it be by email or phone. 2 thumbs up!!!!

By: Anonymous (Boynton Beach, FL)

Mikes Refinance

Yes, I recommend this lender

I had a great experience working with Consumer Direct. Very professional, caring and actually returned my calls right away when I had any questions or concerns about my loan. I would highly recommend this company. (and I got a great rate!!!!) Mike

By: Robinson (Boynton Beach, FL)
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Total Mortgage Services
Interest Rate
2.750%
APR
2.969%
Monthly Payment
$1,357
(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 $1,357
Estimated Mortgage Insurance Payments $0
Total Monthly Mortgage Payment $1,357
Lender Fees $3,034
Lender Credit $560
Total Closing Fees* $2,474
*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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5 Year ARM Rates as low as

Interest Rate
2.375%
APR
2.917%
Monthly Payment
$778
Consumer Direct Mortgage, a division of FirstBank
Interest Rate
2.375%
APR
2.917%
Monthly Payment
$778
(855) 997-1825 Contact
Consumer Direct Mortgage, a division of FirstBank
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 $778
Estimated Mortgage Insurance Payments $0
Total Monthly Mortgage Payment $778
Lender Fees $2,724
Lender Credit $0
Total Closing Fees* $2,724
*Other 3rd party fees may apply
Consumer Direct Mortgage, a division of FirstBank
Email Lender

About the Lender

At Consumer Direct Mortgage, we know that each customer has specific needs, so we strive to meet those specific needs with a wide array of products, investment tools, mortgages and best of all quality service and individual attention.You are our priority and we know that superior service, delivering what was offered, coupled with the lowest overall cost is the way to keep you as a customer for life. In a lending environment where everyone is offering the same core products and programs, we know that we have to separate ourselves with an unwavering commitment to services and delivering the lowest overall total cost to close every day. Our sales and operations team is comprised of veteran Mortgage Professionals that are committed to this philosophy and understand what it takes to get the job done on time and at the agreed upon terms and conditions presented.
Consumer Direct Mortgage, a division of FirstBank
Email Lender Write a Review

Lender Reviews

Highly recommend!

Yes, I recommend this lender

Incredibly attentive. An absolute joy to work with. Highly recommend!

By: hk4394 (Milton, FL)

Mikes Refinance

Yes, I recommend this lender

Had a great experience with Consumer Direct. It was a non painful refinance and a great rate. Pat and Jamie were a pleasure to work with and always responded to me in a timely manner, whether it be by email or phone. 2 thumbs up!!!!

By: Anonymous (Boynton Beach, FL)

Mikes Refinance

Yes, I recommend this lender

I had a great experience working with Consumer Direct. Very professional, caring and actually returned my calls right away when I had any questions or concerns about my loan. I would highly recommend this company. (and I got a great rate!!!!) Mike

By: Robinson (Boynton Beach, FL)
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Total Mortgage Services
Interest Rate
2.500%
APR
2.965%
Monthly Payment
$790
(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 $790
Estimated Mortgage Insurance Payments $0
Total Monthly Mortgage Payment $790
Lender Fees $4,000
Lender Credit $1,850
Total Closing Fees* $2,150
*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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Mortgage Rate Lock Recommendation

May 27 2015
  •   Float if closing in 7 days:
    Rates are up
  •   Float if closing in 15 days:
    Rates are up
  •   Lock if closing in 30 days:
    Rates are down

Economic data released earlier today for once exceeded or were roughly in line with analysts' expectations. At -0.5 percent, April durable goods numbers were as anticipated. However, once volatile commercial aircraft orders were stripped out, they showed a rise of +0.5 percent. Better yet, previous months' poor figures were revised up.

Meanwhile, April new home sales increased to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 517,000, up 6.8 percent on the revised March figure. And the Case-Shiller 20-City Composite index for March, which measures home prices, gained 5.0 percent year-over-year.

Friday saw Federal Reserve chairperson Janet Yellen wade into the great economic debate that's recently been a regular feature of these rate lock recommendations. That debate divides economists into two camps.

On the one hand are the optimists, who believe that the weak first quarter and so-far generally disappointing April data are results of exceptional factors, that the economy's fundamentals are sound and that normal growth should resume soon. On the other are the pessimists, who remain deeply concerned that the strong dollar is significantly and adversely affecting trade and growth.

Ms. Yellen is firmly on the side of the optimists. In her speech, she dubbed the poor first quarter "statistical noise," spoke of "the waning of the headwinds" and suggested "the U.S. economy seems well positioned for continued growth."

It would be good to think Ms. Yellen is right, and she may well be. However, some will no doubt wish to wait for less gloomy economic data before finally switching to her camp. Meanwhile, her remarks were widely seen as a signal that U.S. interest rates are likely to increase later this year, and that saw the dollar rise across a range of currencies overnight.

That only made the already stubbornly strong dollar stronger, something that makes the going tough for American companies selling in foreign markets. Overnight, the yen hit a seven-year low.

True, on the U.S. Dollar Index (DXY), the American currency has fallen back from its 52-week high of 100.39 reached in mid-March. But, when it closed on Friday at 96.14, it was still way up on its 52-week low of 79.74, reached at the end of last June. Indeed, leaving aside the last couple of months, it's much higher than it has been over the last decade. In early trading this morning, it peaked at 97.21.

Getting the dollar down and keeping it there could be about to get harder if the crisis in Greece turns nasty and causes a rush of funds out of the euro. That grew more likely over the weekend when Greek interior minister Nikos Voutsis told a TV show, "The four installments for the IMF [International Monetary Fund] in June are €1.6bn. This money will not be given and is not there to be given."

A Greek default, if one indeed occurs, may cause the value of the dollar to rise even more sharply against the euro. That would inevitably harm American competitiveness and growth. However, it could have a more benign impact on U.S. mortgage rates, at least in the short term.

Spooked investors tend to see the United States as a haven for their money during times of upheaval, and an influx of their cash could affect the American bond and other markets, including the one for mortgages. In particular, 10-year U.S. Treasury bonds are important, because they're the ones that compete most directly for investors' money with the residential mortgage market.

At close on Friday, yields for those stood at 2.21 percent, which was 6 basis points below Wednesday's figure. However, that's still elevated compared with the 2015 average, and only 7 basis points shy of this year's high. Although mortgage rates don't directly shadow these 10-year bond yields, there is a relationship between them.

The occasional looseness of that relationship was underscored by the fact that average mortgage rates remained essentially flat -- in spite of those bond yields spiking -- during the week ending May 21, according to Freddie Mac's latest weekly rate figures. The average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell back by a single basis point to 3.84 percent with a 0.7 point. However, that is still not far off the 2015 high.

For now, LendingTree isn't changing its current mortgage rate lock recommendations. However, in the event Greece does default, exit the euro or both, that may well change.

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 or have as many attractive options 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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