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Wednesday was the best day this week for Mortgage rates with the average lender at the lowest levels in more than a month and very close to the lowest levels in more than a year. Things changed on Thursday with rates moving up slightly. That said, Thursday would have been the best day in more than a month had it not been for Wednesday! Friday brought effectively no change to Thursday's levels, thus keeping the average lender very close to long-term lows . In fact, the average loan quote won't have changed in terms of the quoted interest rate during the past 3 days--only in terms of the upfront costs. In other words, APR would be slightly higher while the payment rate itself would be unchanged (APR factors certain upfront costs into a total cost of financing). In the bigger picture, rates have
Posted: May 17, 2019, 8:04 pm
Mortgage rates hit the lowest levels in more than a month yesterday and came very close to the lowest levels in more than a year. Things changed today , but only slightly. Without a fresh supply of drama or weaker economic data, the bond market deteriorated. Bonds typically benefit when investors are seeking safe havens in response to economic risks. This pushes bond prices higher and yields (aka "rates") lower. Whereas there were concerns about Italian budget news and a weaker reading on Retail Sales yesterday, today brought stronger economic data across the board. Bonds reacted by weakening (i.e. moving higher in yield/rate) and that was basically that. If there's a saving grace for the bond/rate market is that the weakness found a limit fairly quickly and rates were only modestly higher
Posted: May 16, 2019, 9:56 pm
Mortgage rates have had a few first world problems to complain about recently. Well, there's really only been one: a relative inability to keep pace with the broader decline in rates as seen in the Treasury market. If Treasuries are the "master," mortgage rates are the proverbial dog on a leash. The dog can pull ahead, heel faithfully, or drag recalcitrantly behind. The latter has been mortgage rates' M.O. for the past few weeks owing to some abstruse loan performance data that made investors rethink the value they were placing on mortgage investments. But now, the broader rate market has done well enough over the past two weeks that even the mortgage market is forced to participate. To be clear, mortgage rates haven't dropped nearly as much as Treasuries, but at least they've dropped! The
Posted: May 15, 2019, 9:06 pm
It's been a while since the bond market (which dictates rates) has been able to digest what we would consider to be a "top tier" economic report. Why do we care about such things? Simply put, economic data is one of the key considerations for bonds. Stronger data tends to promote bond selling and thus higher mortgage rates . Conversely, when the data is weaker than expected, it generally coincides with rates holding ground or moving lower. The "all other things being equal" caveat is imperative when it comes to economic data's impact on rates. There are certainly other factors that can supersede even the most important reports. That said, the other things are rarely scheduled in advance unless we're talking about monetary policy updates from the Fed or other major central banks. So will tomorrow
Posted: May 14, 2019, 8:41 pm
Mortgage rates moved moderately lower to start the new week as trade tensions remained in focus. In general, the worse the US/China trade relationship is looking at any given moment, the better it has been for the bond market (and the worse it's been for stocks). This is typical behavior for markets because stocks tend to benefit from growth and certainty while bonds tend to benefit when investors are uncertain, downbeat, or looking for safe havens to ride out volatility. As bonds 'benefit' from that demand, prices rise and rates fall. Today's drop brings the average lender back to the lowest rates since April 2. Despite the seemingly big move, Friday's rates weren't too much higher. In fact, many borrowers will be seeing the same interest rate at the top of a loan quote with the only difference
Posted: May 13, 2019, 9:27 pm