Mortgage Rate Update for March 5, 2010

Terms: (A+ paper)
Purchase money, Owner Occupied, 60 day rate lock, Full Doc.

ALL RATES ASSUME 1 POINT
JUMBO
30 yr Fixed                              5.375%           (unchanged)
5/1 ARM                                  4.875%            (unchanged)

CONFORMING (up to $417,000)
30 yr Fixed                              4.875%            (unchanged)
15 yr Fixed                              4.250%            (unchanged)
5/1 ARM                                  3.625%            (unchanged)
10/1 ARM                                4.375%            (unchanged)

CONFORMING + LOANS (417,001 – $729,750)
Purchase and no cash out, use conforming rates add up to 1/2 point fee at closing.
These price adjusters are subject to change

Prime Rate = 3.250%                                      (unchanged)

APR: 30 yr = 5.23%, 15yr = 4.55%, 5/1 = 4.25%,  10/1 = 5.22%

Market Update

Today, the employment numbers were released and they were better than expectations.  The unemployment rate is 9.7% – this includes some upward revisions to last month’s figures.

In Fed news, we are one week closer to the end of the MBS purchase program. This past week, the Fed purchased $10B in Mortgage Backed Securities, leaving just $34B remaining in the budget. There has been lots of speculation as to what will happen to rates once the purchasing stops. Rates are not expected to skyrocket but it seems reasonable that they will go up around 1/2 %.

Dan Spitz
Private Mortgage Banker
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
E2856-042
310.306.7940 Tel
310.622.3773 Cell
866.972.9593 E-Fax
www.wfhm.com/dan-spitz
dan.spitz@wellsfargo.com

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