The country’s, including Orlando, mortgage rates rose by 0.625 percent yesterday [Wednesday] – Ouch! Yes, you read it right. Zero-point-six-two-five percent.
The surprise surge in pricing started shortly after 1:00 P.M. ET, then continued all the way until the market’s closing. It was the sharpest one-day surge in mortgage rates in recent history. Perhaps ever.
For Orlando mortgage rate shoppers swept up in the surge, monthly payments are now higher by $29 per $100,000 borrowed.
That’s a significant shift.
For as rare as Wednesday’s events were, though, middle-of-the-day, 0.625 percent rate changes don’t just happen. Yesterday, the action was the result of a confluence of factors, including:
- Rising oil prices and gas prices
- Optimistic predictions about the end of the recession
- Concerns over the U.S. total debt load
- Fears of inflation
In addition, momentum-trading played a role.
As markets worsened, selling begat more selling, amplifying Wall Street’s total losses. As mortgage bond prices fell, mortgage rates went up. By a lot.
Mortgage markets are notoriously fickle and yesterday’s events proved it. Days like Wednesday are precisely why insiders recommend shopping for mortgage rates in a compressed timeframe. The faster you finish, the lower the risk of losing low interest rates to new market conditions.
If nothing else, this illustrates why you need a trusted advisor watching for your best interest – we were able to lock in several people before the shift, others – that second guessed, got hammered.
Chris is Florida’s #1 FHA Mortgage Broker and a syndicated mortgage blogger. He is regular contributor to the three leading industry blog-fronts including The Mortgage Chili Blog, My FHA Mortgage Blog, Top of Mind Networks, and is the resident “Money Guy” on Realty Resolve.