Mortgage Rates As Low As 2.5% For A Limited Time
United Wholesale Mortgage (UWM) is offering mortgages rates for as low as 2.5 percent for buyers meeting certain criteria who can close soon. Titled “Conquest,” this new program is designed to increase demand for homes and spur a strong purchase season despite the economic impacts of COVID-19 across the country.
UWM is the nation’s largest purchase mortgage and wholesale lender, but it doesn’t deal directly with borrowers. It works with independent mortgage brokers, such as Kensington Research & Recovery, Inc., who can offer these lower rates to customers. UWM’s “Conquest” program offers mortgage rates that are a full percentage point below what was available recently, according to news reports.
How to Prepare for Mortgage Refinancing
With rates bouncing into near historic lows, it might seem like a great time to look into mortgage refinancing. But with so much still unsettled in the economy and the coronavirus fallout still uncertain, experts expect rates – and processes – to fluctuate for weeks to come.
It’s a combination of factors that has left many lenders with a record number of re-finance applications and a diminished capacity for processing them. Lenders are taking two to three times longer to process loans, according to our mortgage expert.
At the same time, the mortgage secondary market – in which investors purchase packages of closed loans – is showing little interest in packages of loans with very low interest rates during a period of heightened economic risk.