Thursday, October 18, 2007

Fed Prime Drops 0.50%

The Fed Prime Rate drops 0.50%. That's a significant low. Meanwhile, following the release of the September 18th minutes of the Fed's Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, financial markets reassessed the likelihood of another rate cut at the upcoming October 31st meeting. The market currently is looking for about a 30 percent chance of a 25 basis point rate cut rather than the 50 percent chance that they had previously expected.

A HomeBuyers Market?
Homebuyers paid 7% or 8% during the mid- to late-'90s, and double-digit rates were the norm throughout the '80s and early '90s. Compare that to todays rates and the talk about rates cuts and it's easy to see why it may still be a homebuyers market.

Can homeowners still save when refinancing? Refinancing savings all depends on when you bought your home and what rates were at the time. Currently homeowners can realize a savings if refinancing rates are 30 or more base points lower that ones current rates.

30 Yr Fix 6.37% 0.03%
15 Yr Fix 6.03% 0.05%
1 Yr ARM 5.58% -0.07%
5/1 ARM 6.11% -0.10%
30 Yr Tres 4.87% 0.10%
Fed Prime 7.75% -0.50%

To find out how much loan you can afford use the refinance calculator at