Mortgage Rates Continue Modestly Higher

Mortgage rates moved higher for the second straight day amid a general lack of actionable information. Some investors noted that the results of the elections in the U.K. were surprising, but not in a way that was any help to interest rates. In general, rates found most of their motivation from the absence of significant […]

Rates Edge Higher Ahead of Jobs Report

Mortgage rates gave back yesterday’s gains this morning following a stronger-than-expected employment report from ADP. While this is not the week’s biggest jobs report, investors view it as one of several early indicators of the official Employment Situation (the big jobs report that comes out tomorrow morning). In general, stronger economic data (i.e. more job […]

Mortgage Rates Higher, Volatility Looms

Mortgage rates continued higher for the 2nd straight day after hitting the lowest levels in more than 7 months earlier this week. Wednesday’s big move lower was a direct result of political headlines relating to potential wrongdoing in communications between Trump and former FBI Director Comey concerning the FBI’s investigation into former National Security Advisor […]

Mortgage Rates Continue Slow Trend Higher

Mortgage rates haven’t necessarily moved higher every day recently. For instance, yesterday’s rates were unchanged versus last Friday’s. But the general trend has unquestionably been toward higher rates . In fact, rates have only moved lower on 3 out of the past 15 business days. While that sort of losing streak sounds fairly unpleasant, the […]

Mortgage Rates Moved Higher This Afternoon

Mortgage rates were steady to slightly higher again today, making it the 13th out of the past 16 business days without an improvement. The situation was more palatable earlier this morning and quite a few lenders were actually in better territory vs yesterday. As the day progressed, bond markets (which dictate mortgage rates) deteriorated, resulting […]

Mortgage Rates Higher Ahead of Jobs Report

Mortgage rates moved higher today, bringing them back in line with the highest levels in nearly a month. That sounds a bit worse than it actually is, due to the narrow range of rates over that time. In fact, most prospective borrowers would be quoted the same rate as yesterday, with the only difference being […]

Mortgage Rates Unchanged to Slightly Higher

Mortgage rates were unchanged to slightly higher today, keeping them in line with the previous 4 business days. This 5-day block stands out from the previous trend that had taken rates generally lower since the middle of March, ultimately hitting the best levels of the year on April 18th. At the time, a majority of […]

Mortgage Rates Slightly Higher After French Election

Mortgage rates moved moderately higher today, and most of the blame goes to the presidential election in France. If you’re wondering what European politics have to do with mortgage rates in the US, you’re not alone. While it certainly isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about what’s motivating rates, its impact […]

Mortgage Rates Slightly Higher, But Steady Overall

Mortgage rates rose slightly again today, despite moderate improvement in underlying bond markets. Typically, bond market improvement corresponds to lower rates. Today was an exception because of the timing of recent volatility. Friday afternoon saw a sharp deterioration in bond markets (implies rates moving higher), but for many lenders, it was too late in the […]

Rates Paradoxically Higher After Jobs Report

Mortgage rates rose modestly today, compared to yesterday’s latest levels. Compared to the morning’s rate sheets however, the rise was sharper, but even then, we’re talking about fairly small movement in the bigger picture. 4.125% is still easily the most prevalent conventional 30yr fixed quote for top tier scenarios, with the only change being in […]