More 2017 Lows for Rates; More Trump Drama

Mortgage rates moved lower again. Drama surrounding the Trump administration was also present. But this time around, the political theater wasn’t responsible for the move lower in rates. In fact, it resulted in multiple lenders adjusting rate sheets higher in the middle of the day. Fortunately, rates fell enough in the morning that the net […]

Mortgage Rates Back to 2017 Lows on Trump Tweet

Mortgage rates dropped today after news broke (first rumors, then confirmation via Twitter) that President Trump was disbanding his councils of CEOs. The move apparently came in response to attrition among several CEOs following Trump’s press conference on recent events in Charlottesville, VA. In not so many words, Trump disbanded the councils before any more […]

New 2017 Lows for Rates, But There’s a Catch

Mortgage rates fell to new lows for the year today, following the North Korea nuclear threat headlines. In truth, the preceding sentence gives too much credit to geopolitical risk. Rates were already drifting very close to the lowest levels since the election, even before yesterday’s news broke. Additionally, the improvements are still too small to […]

Mortgage Rates Hold 2017 Lows Despite Market Volatility

Mortgage rates remained in line with 2017’s lows today, despite noticeable improvement in underlying bond markets. Under normal circumstances, bond market improvement equates fairly directly with mortgage rate improvement, but things aren’t exactly normal lately. On the simplest level, the timing of market movements over the past 2 days tells the story. The prices of […]

Mortgage Rates Rise Modestly From 2017 Lows

Mortgage rates rose modestly today after spending 2 days at the best levels in nearly 8 months. Financial markets were tuned in to several key events with the power to cause volatility for rates today. Of these, the Senate testimony of former FBI Director Comey probably had the biggest spotlight. Rates were already coming under […]

Mortgage Rates Unexpectedly Fall to 2017 Lows (Again)

Mortgage rates unexpectedly fell to new 7-month lows today, following bond market gains in the overnight hours (Asian and European trading sessions). Interest rates are driven by bond markets. The latter is part of an ecosystem of “risk” associated with the entire financial market. At times, most of that broader market will collectively move toward […]

Rates Hold 2017 Lows Despite Market Weakness

Mortgage rates managed to hold in line with 2017’s lowest levels for a 2nd day, even though underlying bond markets suggested a move higher . That means the prices of mortgage-backed-securities (MBS–the bonds that dictate mortgage rates) were lower. When MBS prices are lower, it means investors are paying lenders less to buy mortgages. Lenders […]

Rates Fall to 2017 Lows After Jobs Report

Mortgage rates moved convincingly lower today following weaker-than-expected employment data from the Labor Department. The big “jobs report” showed only 138k new nonfarm payrolls (the report’s headline job creation metric) in May, and a negatively revised 174k in April (down from 211k). March was revised lower as well, painting a suddenly gloomier picture relative to […]

Rates Respond to Political Scandal by Plummeting to 2017 Lows

Mortgage rates surged significantly lower today, as a part of a broad-based market movement following a political scandal that began taking shape yesterday afternoon. You can choose your preferred media outlet to digest all of the details, but the issue surrounds communications between Trump, former FBI Director Comey, and the potential for the details of […]

Mortgage Rates Fighting to Stay Near 2017 Lows

Mortgage rates moved lower today, following a policy announcement from the European Central Bank (ECB). Some investors were concerned the ECB might begin sprinkling in clues about rate hikes or an early end to bond buying programs, but there was no such drama in the announcement or the press conference that followed. If you’re not […]