Jumbo Loan Rates Still Much Higher than Conforming

June 18, 2008 No Comments »

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The interest rate spread between conforming loans and jumbo mortgage rates stood at 1.36 percent this week, according to the BanxQuote Index.

The national average 30-year fixed-rate was as high as 6.63 percent for a conforming loan and 7.99 percent for a comparable jumbo loan, the company said.

That spread is much higher than the typical disparity in rates, which BanxQuote said generally remained within a quarter of a point or less up until August 2007, when the secondary mortgage market collapsed.

“The Jumbo-Conforming Mortgage Spread started widening from 0.16 percent in late July 2007, reaching a peak of 1.90 percent in late March 2008, and narrowing somewhat since then,” said Norbert Mehl, CEO of BanxQuote.

“Nevertheless, this extraordinarily high spread, combined with rising mortgage rates, tighter credit standards and disappearing adjustable rate jumbo mortgages, continues to present a challenging outlook for the housing, mortgage and banking markets, and particularly for the luxury end of the real estate market.”

Adding insult to injury, 30-year fixed-rate loan rates on both conforming and jumbo mortgages are up 0.48 percent and 0.47 percent, respectively, from last week.

A friend I spoke with today who works at Wells Fargo told me that the current rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is 6.5 percent for conforming, 6.75 percent for conforming jumbo, and 8.625 percent for standard jumbo.

The quoted rate is for an owner-occupied, single-family residence, with a 700 Fico score, 80 percent loan-to-value ratio, and full documentation.

The good news is conforming jumbo loans are actually pricing pretty closely to conforming loans, but jumbo loans above the new temporary loan limits remain extremely high.

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