The FOMC announced that the Fed Funds Rate and Fed Discount Rate are both being reduced by 0.25%. Remember (I can never say this enough) this has no direct impact on your mortgage interest rate EXCEPT for home equity lines of credit which are based on Prime Rate. If you have a HELOC, your rate will decrease by 0.25%. Lucky you!
Mortgage rates are based on mortgage backed securities (bonds) and will adjust based on how the markets react to this adjustment. The 0.25% drop is pretty much what was being anticipated by the markets and has been priced into mortgage rates. This is why I’ve been urging borrowers to lock in before today and last Friday’s Jobs Report since mortgage rates (bonds) tend to react negatively to inflation.
What will happen now is everyone will be interpreting what the future may hold based on the Fed’s Statement. Although this cut is what they expected, many are disappointed with the statement:
“Incoming information suggests that economic growth is slowing, reflecting the intensification of the housing correction and some softening in business and consumer spending…. core inflation have improved modestly this year, but elevated energy and commodity prices, among other factors, may put upward pressure on inflation.”
The closing comment suggests they are prepared to cut again or do what ever they feel is needed:
“The Committee will continue to assess the effects of financial and other developments on economic prospects and will act as needed to foster price stability and sustainable economic growth.”
The Fed has now cut rates a full point since September. Currently the stock market is reacting negatively. I will update this post should we see dramatic changes to mortgage rates following this action by the FOMC.