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Mortgage Rates in Holding Pattern Until Healthcare Vote

While some lenders were slightly better or worse versus yesterday, mortgage rates were unchanged on average today.  This isn’t much of surprise considering yesterday’s much-anticipated healthcare vote never happened.  It’s rumored to occur this afternoon, but markets won’t have much time … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates Stumble as Political Uncertainty Weighs

Mortgage rates were slightly higher for the first time in 8 days as markets braced for the impact of political developments.  The big issue of the day was (and still is) the healthcare bill set to be debated in the House … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates Slightly Lower, but Volatility Looms

Mortgage rates were lower for the 7th day in a row today, further extending their push into the lowest levels of the month.  At first, that positive movement was driven by relief that the Fed’s rate hike outlook didn’t accelerate as much as … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates Down to March Lows

Mortgage rates continued lower today as political uncertainty sparked the biggest day of stock market losses since the election.   In general, short term pain for stocks benefits bonds.  When demand for bonds increases, rates move lower.  Today was no exception.  Bond … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates at 2 Week Lows Amid Political Uncertainty

Mortgage rates were steady-to-slightly lower today, keeping them in line with the lowest levels in 2 weeks and very close to the lowest levels of the month.  For most lenders, that means conventional 30yr fixed rate quotes of 4.25% on top … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates are Actually NOT at 2017 Highs

Mortgage rates are right in line with yesterday’s levels, and yesterday saw rates fall at the fastest pace of the year, ultimately reaching the lowest levels in more than a week.  As such, today’s rates are still the lowest in more than … Continue reading

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Biggest Intraday Drop of the Year For Mortgage Rates

Mortgage rates fell at their fastest pace of the year following today’s rate hike announcement from the Fed.  If you’re wondering why mortgage rates fell while the Fed’s rate moved up, you’re not alone.  Fortunately, the explanation is simple.   Financial markets … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates on Edge Ahead of Fed

Mortgage rates held steady today, on average, despite moderate improvements in underlying bond markets.  Typically, bond market improvement results in comparable improvement for mortgage rates.  The groundholding is the latest evidence of massive anxiety on the part of lenders ahead of tomorrow’s … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates Approach 3-Year Highs Ahead of Fed

Mortgage rates rose for the 10th time in the past 11 days today, bringing them very close to highest levels in 3 years.  You’d have to go back to April 30th, 2014 to see the average lender offering higher rates.  The most … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates Hold Steady Despite Strong Jobs Data. Here's Why…

Mortgage Rates Hold Steady Despite Strong Jobs Data. Here’s Why… Mortgage rates held steady today, despite a key report from the Labor Department showing stronger-than-expected job creation in February.  Typically, a strong jobs report is bad for rates.  This one likely would … Continue reading

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