Mortgage rates are prepped to make big moves in the next 36 hours. Is it time for you to call in your rate lock? Friday, at 8:30 AM ET, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the Non-Farm Payrolls report for September. Issued monthly, the "jobs report" offers sector-by-sector job creation figures from the month prior, and reports on the national Unemployment Rate. Last month, exactly zero net new jobs were created, the government said. This month, economists expect a net 60,000 new jobs created. Depending on where the actual monthly figure falls, FHA and conforming mortgage rates in Washington, DC may be volatile. The jobs reports tends to have out-sized influence on the mortgage bond market. The connection between the jobs market and the mortgage market is fairly straight-forward. As jobs go, so goes the economy. This is because more working Americans leads to a stronger economic base.
Each of these items are strengths to a recovering economy. For rate shoppers, Friday's job report could cause mortgage rates to rise -- or fall. If the actual number of jobs created exceeded the 60,000 consensus estimate, look for mortgage rates to climb. Conversely, if new jobs fell short of 60,000, expect that rates will drop. Home affordability is at all-time highs because mortgage rates are at all-time lows. If you're under contract for a home or looking to refinance, eliminate some of your interest rate risk. Lock ahead of Friday's Non-Farm Payrolls release. Get your rate lock in today.