From the FOMC press release:
“The Federal Open Market Committee decided today to establish a target range for the federal funds rate of 0 to 1/4 percent….
As previously announced, over the next few quarters the Federal Reserve will purchase large quantities of agency debt and mortgage-backed securities to provide support to the mortgage and housing markets, and it stands ready to expand its purchases of agency debt and mortgage-backed securities as conditions warrant. The Committee is also evaluating the potential benefits of purchasing longer-term Treasury securities.
…In a related action, the Board of Governors unanimously approved a 75-basis-point decrease in the discount rate to 1/2 percent.”
Mortgage rates should continue to improve with the purchase of MBS. This is why you need to do as Kenneth Harney recommends in this Sunday’s paper:
“Ask your broker or loan officer whether you can lock in today’s rate but still have the ability to move down should cheaper money become available to you.
Not all lenders can accommodate such requests. Some brokers offer 60-day locks with that option; others may charge you”.