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Lending rates improve in the ever-changing Mortgage Market

First Hawaiian Bank, Central Pacific Bank and Bank of Hawaii lowered their base rates the week before last , following in the Federal Reserve’s footsteps. Hawai‘i banks’ prime lending rates went from 6 percent to 5.25 percent, effective Wednesday March 19th.
The prime rate is a benchmark for interest rates on many types of loans.
The Fed on Tuesday March 18th cut interest rates by three-quarters of a percentage point to 2.25 percent, the lowest level since December 2004. You may have been noticing that just because the fed cuts its rate of lending, the price of fixed mortgages does not go down. That's because the fixed market is tied to the bond market.

As of this morning, here are the rates with ZERO points from central pacific bank, one of Hawaii's most aggressive lenders.

The APR (Annual Percentage rate) is derived from adding additional costs of the loan such as origination fees, processing fees, etc. As you probably are aware, the lending limits for conforming loans was raised earlier in the month allowing Hawaiian buyers to afford more of the properties they wish to buy. 

Ron Margolis, RA, CDPE, ABR Hawaii Life Real Estate Services 808.346.7095 email: ron@hawaiilife.com

Comment balloon 0 commentsRonnie Margolis • March 28 2008 08:29AM