Mortgage Rates Lowest Since Early March, But Not For Everyone
Mortgage rates moved down nicely last week and have either maintained or improved upon those levels this week. The catch is that the good times aren't rolling for everyone. Borrowers with lower credit scores, less equity, and especially those needing a cash-out refinance are quickly finding the landscape to be very different than the last time they received a mortgage rate quote.
Coronavirus has had far-reaching effects for the economy, obviously. The impact on the mortgage market isn't nearly as publicized but it's no less significant in the context of this particular industry. Nearly 7% of mortgage holders have sought forbearance arrangements--a higher number than the industry ever imagined. Mortgage investors risk heavy losses on those loans. Thus demand has dried up for the loans seen as having the greatest risk of entering forbearance (or simply those that would be the most costly for investors in the event of forbearance).