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San Diego Mortgage Rate Tips

Aug 17, 2007
If you are in the market for a San Diego mortgage you will soon find out, if you have not already, that the rate is only current for that day and sometimes even just for that hour. The current mortgage rate, as with other interest rates, is constantly changing. There are several reasons for this constant state of change.

A bank makes money when it loans money to you. The money a bank loans to you is first loaned to it through the federal government. When the bank borrows money from the government the price is linked to the prime rate, which is the federal interest rate. If you have been following the current mortgage rate, then you know it is usually higher than the prime one. This is because the bank wants to make money from the money loaned to you. For this to happen, the current mortgage rate must be higher than the prime rate. The basic idea is that banks borrow at one price and loan the money out at a higher price. This allows them to keep the difference or the spread.

Shopping for a San Diego mortgage with the current rate changing everyday can be difficult. Of course, you want to get the best deal possible, but you never know when it is going to be up and when it is going to be down. How exactly can you get the best deal in such conditions? Here are some tips to help you.

When you check local San Diego mortgage market information make sure you are getting a quote from a reputable source. There are several local resources that list the current interest rates. You can always get a good idea in the local newspaper. When you check on a given day, use sources that you can trust to provide you with the most accurate up to date information. Any information you get from a non reputable source just is not worth it. The last thing you want to do is make a regrettable decision based on inaccurate information.

Always try to compare several sources. Never use just one source to try and find the best deal. By looking at several different sources for the current rates, you can get a better idea of what the market truly looks like. If for no other reason, you should use a secondary source as confirmation for the informition you view on a primary source. Also make sure to take into account any others fees that a mortgage broker might charge. You may find one rate that is lower than others you have checked but the lowest one may also charge a fee which would make the lower one actually higher.

Pay attention to trends. Changes occur constantly and you will be able to make a more informed decision when you have a clear understanding of the overall picture. Rather than trying to pinpoint a day when the mortgage rate is at its lowest, look at how the rates change from one day to the next. Better, look at how the current mortgage rate has changed over the past month and week. If the rate has been steadily increasing, you should probably lock in a rate as soon as possible, because the rates will likely continue to increase. However, if rates seem to be one the decline, you could wait a few days before attempting to lock in a rate. Remember that the trend can be your friend.

If you are working with a loan officer, he (or she) will be able to provide you with current information about the general trend, or even give you a resource you can use to check it on your own periodically. Paying attention to the current mortgage rate is a very good idea if you are shopping for a San Diego mortgage because prices in the area are so high and you want to save as much as possible.
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