Jumbo Mortgages Get Cheaper Than Other Mortgages

November 13, 2013

In an unusual move, jumbo mortgages are becoming a bigger bargain over conforming loans. 

Lenders are offering jumbo mortgages at lower rates -- more than a quarter of a percentage point -- than conforming loans that are backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, CNNMoney reports. 

“The government-run agencies require conforming loans to be below $417,000, unless they are for homes in high-cost areas like New York or Los Angeles,where the limit is $625,500,” CNNMoney reports. 

Generally, banks charge higher rates on jumbo mortgages, typically about a quarter of a percentage point more than conforming loans, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. But recently that has reversed. 

For example, Wells Fargo is offering a 30-year jumbo mortgage rate this week at 4.125 percent. In comparison, it is offering a 30-year fixed-rate conforming mortgage at 4.5 percent. US Bank is offering a jumbo mortgage rate for 3.875 percent, compared with 4.25 percent for a conforming loan. 

"Never in my memory have jumbos been such a bargain," Peter Grabel, a loan officer at Luxury Mortgage Corp. in Stamford, Ct., told CNNMoney. 

Source: “Rich people are getting mortgages cheaper than you,” CNNMoney (Nov. 12, 2013)

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