Mondays Are Safe, Wednesdays Are Unsafe
It depends on your preference for risk.
According to data compiled from MBSQuoteline, a provider of real-time mortgage market pricing, mortgage rates are most stable on Mondays, making that day the easiest on which to lock a low rate.
Should I lock in my mortgage rate today?
In some cases, short-term extensions are free, but longer ones (e.g. 15 days) will incur a fee. “Should I lock my mortgage rate today?” Our advice, more often than not, is to lock your rate. If you think rates may fall in the next 30-60 days, ask your lender about a “float-down” option.
Can you negotiate mortgage rate after locking?
Yes, you can change lenders after locking a rate. But you’ll have to start the application process over with your new lender. That means getting pre-approved, submitting all your documents, and waiting for underwriting — twice. All in all, closing a mortgage or refinance usually takes a month or more.
What if I lock in a rate and it goes down?
A rate lock protects you from higher rates, but you won’t get a lower rate, either, unless you have the option for a one-time ‘float down. ‘ Once locked, the loan’s interest rate won’t change — barring any changes to your application details. You’re protected from higher rates, but you won’t get a lower rate, either.
Are mortgage rates going down in 2020?
Forecasts for 2020 say rates will average around 3.7%. For instance, rates could bounce between 3.5% and 4% all year, and you’d get an average of around 3.7%. But when you lock during that range is important. The good news is that 30-year fixed rates are now near 3.5% according to Freddie Mac.
What if mortgage rates drop after I lock?
If the rate goes down by at least a minimum amount after you lock, you can get the lower rate, but if the rate goes up, you keep the original lock. Some lenders will charge for this float down option.
Is 3.375 a good mortgage rate?
The lowest rate I’ve seen advertised by the top 10 mortgage lenders is the 3.375% on offer at Flagstar Bank. At U.S. Bank you can get a jumbo 30-year fixed as low as 3.625% with similar APR. Their FHA 30-year fixed is currently 3.5%, but APR is over 5% because of pricey mortgage insurance premiums.