Loan-level price adjustments and how they affect home-buyers; St Louis Mortgage Interest Rate Update

“Ballparking” mortgage rates just is not the same anymore. Home buyers who obtain online quotes from popular websites are receiving nothing more than a starting point for what their final mortgage rate will be.  This is due to a government-led pricing scheme called loan-level pricing adjustments or LLPAs.

The government has taken the example of risk-based pricing from the auto insurance industry.  “Riskier” car owners pay higher rates for insurance, e.g. a driver with a few accidents and speeding tickets in their past will pay a higher premium than the driver with a clean driving record.

In the mortgage world, LLPAs are made against a multitude of loan traits. For example:

  • Smaller down payment borrowers will pay more than ones with larger down payments
  • A lower FICO score borrower pays more than one with a higher FICO score
  • Mortgages for investment property will cost more than mortgages for primary residences
  • Multi-unit home borrowers will pay more than borrowers with a one-unit home

In addition, owners of condominiums may pay more for mortgages than owners of single-family homes, as well as home owners with subordinate financing.

St. Louis MORTGAGE INTEREST RATES for May 19, 2011:

  • Conventional 30-Year Fixed 4.750%/ 5.125% APR
  • Conventional 15-Year Fixed 4.125%/ 4.5% APR
  • Conventional 5/1 ARM 3.500%/ 3.277% APR
  • FHA/VA 30 Year Fixed 4.500%/ 5.125% APR
  • Jumbo 5/1 ARM 3.375%/ 3.252% APR
  • Jumbo 15 yr Fixed 4.00%/ 4.29% APR
  • Jumbo 30 yr Fixed 5.250%/ 5.625% APR

*The above mortgage rates are based upon an 80% LTV, o/o single family with FICO scores of 720.

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