Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Feds Cut Interest Rates 0.75 bps - Good Time To Refinance?

Wednesday, January 25, 2008

Following a December rate cut the Fed acts again to boost a weakening economy and prevent recessionary contagion.

Federal Reserve made history yesterday cutting the interest rate a whopping .75 Bps. This was the fourth interest rate cut in the last few months.

Feds cut rates 75 bps. The biggest cut in 17 years. Homeowners seeking release from ARM's may see this as a good time to refinance.

The New York Times reports, "The reduction in the federal funds rate from 4.25 percent down to 3.5 percent marked the biggest reduction in this target rate for overnight loans on records going back to 1990."

The results? Stocks surged as a result of the news. Loan applications increased and Internet rate hunting activities increased 33% according to Fimark's Refinance Loan Rates resource.

The home mortgage refinance resource resource encourages consumers to negotiate with multiple lenders who are willing to beat or meet other offers. Remember to lock-in attractive rates for as long as it takes to process the loan.

Experts predict the Fed would lower the funds rate to 3 percent by the end of March 2008.

Those with an adjustable rate loan (ARM) or credit card can anticipate a drop in rates in the weeks following a rate cut. Fixed rates are not immediatly affected. Still 15 or 30 year fixed rate loan programs will benefit from improved mortgage lending market and consumers can expect more attractive loan packages.

Those opting for a 15 or 30 year fixed rate loan program may see a savings of up to tens of thousands of dollars with a rate that's just .25% higher.