Rates Cap Impressively Sideways Week Near Long-Term Lows

Weeks like this are the reason that some mortgage rate analysis is only done once a week. There haven’t been any significant developments in financial markets–at least not as far as bonds (which dictate rates) have been concerned. And there certainly hasn’t been any significant movement in mortgage rates themselves. In fact, with the exception […]

Rates Fall Slightly to Remain Near 8-Month Lows

Mortgage rates were steady to slightly lower today, with underlying bond markets essentially erasing the damage seen yesterday. This was neither here nor there for the mortgage world as most lenders didn’t adjust rates much higher yesterday (despite bond weakness). Thus, they didn’t have much to do today when bonds strengthened. In general “bond market […]

Rates Drop to 8-Month Lows

Mortgage rates fell convincingly today, though not all lenders adjusted rates sheets in proportion to the gains seen in bond markets (which underlie rate movement). Those gains came early, with this morning’s economic data coming in much weaker than expected. Markets were especially sensitive to the Consumer Price Index (an inflation report) which showed core […]

Mortgage Rates Bounce, But Remain Near Recent Lows

Mortgage rates rose moderately today, as bond markets generally bounced back from the best levels in 8 months yesterday. Despite the bounce, rates are still in line with their best levels of the year. Only a handful of days have been any better and most of them have been in the past 2 weeks. We […]

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 […]

Mortgage Rates Just Off 7-Month Lows

Mortgage rates were modestly higher today after hitting the lowest levels since early November at the end of last week. Along with mid-April, this is the second time rates have been in this territory in more than 7 months. Most prospective borrowers will see very little–if any difference between Friday’s rate quotes and today’s. Certainly, […]

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 Near 2-Week Lows as Risks Increase

Mortgage rates improved modestly today as lenders caught up with yesterday afternoon’s market movements. Most lenders will issue mid-day changes in rate sheets (“reprices”) when bond markets make a big enough move in one direction or the other during the day. Sometimes, this movement doesn’t happen until the afternoon hours (which was the case yesterday). […]