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Mortgage Rates End Week Roughly Unchanged

Mortgage rates were sideways to slightly higher this week as global financial markets braced for volatility surrounding this weekend’s French election.  While it may seem like a world away from the domestic mortgage market, events that potentially impact the stability of the … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates Up Modestly From 5-Month Lows

Mortgage rates moved higher today as global financial markets shifted ahead of this weekend’s election in France.  One of the candidates–Le Pen–is a populist whose victory is seen as potentially destabilizing the entire EU.  Whether or not that’s actually the case remains … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates Hold Near Lows Despite Market Weakness

Mortgage rates were steady to slightly higher today, depending on the lender, despite bond market weakness.  Typically, bond market weakness results in rates moving higher, but the timing of market movements can be important.  Specifically, yesterday saw bond markets move to … Continue reading

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Rates Pushing Deep Into Post-Election Range

After stumbling just slightly yesterday, mortgage rates returned to their recent habit of setting new 2017 lows today.  At this point, we’re getting closer and closer to post-election lows.  You’d have to go all the way back to November, 14th 2016 … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates Fairly Steady Near 2017 Lows

For the third day in a row, mortgage rates set new 2017 lows this morning.  But as bond markets weakened into the afternoon, several lenders recalled rate sheets for “negative reprices.”  This brought the afternoon’s rate sheet offerings back in line with … Continue reading

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Rates Push 2017 Lows For 3rd Straight Day

Mortgage rates set new 2017 lows for the third straight day today, although only in terms of “effective rates” (which take upfront costs into account).  “Note rates” (which simply refer to the rate applied to one’s loan balance) are unchanged from … Continue reading

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Rates Move Deeper Into 2017 Lows After Trump Comments

Mortgage rates continued lower today, bringing them even deeper into new lows for 2017.  Bond markets (which underlie rate movement) were already doing just fine this morning, but got a boost from Trump’s comments on the strength of the US Dollar in … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates Hit New 2017 Lows

Mortgage rates moved lower today–significantly in some cases–with the average lender making it back to 2017’s lows for the first time since January.  Rates came close to 2017’s lows in late February and again last week before officially crossing the line today. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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