Mortgage rates have been falling so much and with such regularity in 2020 that there’s scarcely been a reason (or even an opportunity) to talk about anything else. Now suddenly, we have 2 straight business days with the average lender’s rates getting modestly worse. Is this the beginning of the end?
Maybe… Probably not, but that’s not the point. The point I will continue to make about this record-breaking run into the lowest rate range ever is that it will come to an end at some point. Putting it in those words makes it seem obvious, but you wouldn’t know that based on the average prognostication in the media. Most “experts” surveyed by respectable media outlets (hint: an expert mortgage rate forecaster is no more qualified than a precocious 3rd grader when it comes to predicting the future of interest rates) are as certain as they’ve ever been that rates are heading lower–perhaps significantly–by the end of 2020.
The don’t know. No one does. Rates COULD certainly go lower, but at any given moment, the rates you’re seeing right now might be the lowest you see for years. 2-day stretches like today and Friday are just gentle reminders that such things are possible. Focus less on probability about the future as opposed to risks and trends. What we know right now is that the trend has been overhwhelmingly in our favor for month, and last week was the first week in a long time where we noted rates struggling to make additional improvements.
Loan Originator Perspective
It sure seems redundant, but locking in as early as possible in the mortgage process is the best option with rates at current levels. Only challenge in this environment is delays due to high volume demand for mortgages at these low rates. Locking in for an added 15-30 days is recommended. – Gus Floropoulos