Mortgage Rates Sideways to Slightly Lower

Mortgage rates have been so little-changed in recent days that yesterday’s coverage wouldn’t need to be changed in order to apply perfectly today. Indeed, the 3rd paragraph is a word-for-word repeat. To be fair though, we would need to update yesterday’s reference to “especially over the past 5 days.” That “5” would now be a […]

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 […]

Mortgage Rates are Barely Budging (And That's Great!)

Mortgage rates have been locked in an exceptionally narrow range for most of the month of June, but especially over the past 5 days. Given that mortgage rates are determined by the bond market where trading levels move constantly throughout the day, it can be useful to consider what’s been happening with those trading levels. […]

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 […]

Mortgage Rates Fairly Steady to Begin Week

Mortgage rates were mostly flat again today, despite bond market weakness (lower bond prices generally mean higher rates). Between MBS (the mortgage-backed-securities that underlie mortgage rate movement) and US Treasuries (the risk-free benchmark for all US debt/bonds), the latter fared worse. In other words, mortgage bonds outperformed Treasuries. That’s one of the reasons we didn’t […]

Mortgage Rates Holding Most of Their Recent Gains

Mortgage rates were flat today, after weaker-than-expected construction data prompted a positive bounce for bond markets. In general, bonds (which dictate mortgage rates) improve when economic data is weaker. Before this morning’s data, rates were at risk of coming out slightly higher compared to yesterday’s latest offerings. By holding flat, rates remain very close to […]

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 Steady-to-Higher as Busy Week Begins

Mortgage rates were either flat or slightly higher , depending on the lender today. Movement in underlying bond markets suggested a modest increase in rates, but it came too late in the day for most lenders to respond with a mid-day rate change. As such, rates SHOULD be slightly higher, all other things being equal. […]

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 […]