Rates

Mortgage Rates Start Stronger But Moved Higher During The Day

Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch Mortgage rates began the day with promise. Actually, it was the underlying bond market (which largely dictates mortgage rates) was sending promising signals by apparently building on the bigger improvements seen on Tuesday. This is exactly what mortgage lenders needed in order to feel comfortable setting rates at even lower […]

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Mortgage Rates Relatively Unharmed, Despite Unexpected Moves in Bonds

It was a busy week for economic data with several reports that were pertinent to the housing market. In addition to being the perennial top dog among economic reports, this Friday’s jobs report was especially important due to its role in the Federal Reserve’s decision-making process. The Fed is widely expected to announce a forthcoming […]

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Mortgage Rates Drift Up From Recent Lows

Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch Mortgage rates were unchanged to slightly higher today, depending on the lender. The differences in pricing strategies stem from the timing of changes in the bond market. Mortgage lenders set their rates based on the prices of mortgage-backed securities (MBS), which change constantly throughout the day. Despite those changes, there’s […]

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Rates at 3-Week Highs, More Volatility Ahead

Rates were excellent at the beginning of the week, but that began to change on Wednesday. We were already well on our way to 3-week highs on Thursday, and Friday made it official. Notably, these 3-week highs are still historically low. Friday’s main source of drama was the strong jobs report from the Labor Department. […]

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“Seesawing” Pending Sales May Signal Market Turning Point; Rates Staying Near Lows

Pending home sales fell back slightly in June after a notable and unexpected 8.0 percent gain in May. The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) said its Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) dipped 1.9 percent from May to a reading of 112.8. This was also 1.9 percent lower than the index in June 2020. The PHSI […]

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Mortgage Rates Near Long-Term Despite Taper Talk

“Taper talk” refers to comments, speeches, or official policy communications from the Federal Reserve (aka “the Fed”) that speak to the timing and nature of a reduction in the Fed’s bond buying activities. Wow! What a boring and potentially confusing sentence! Let’s try again… The Fed buys bonds –US Treasuries and mortgage backed bonds (which, […]

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COVID Concerns Drive Rates Lower, Refi Volume Rises

Refinancing continues to support mortgage application activity while purchase applications continued to weaken during the week ended July 23. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) says its Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, increased 5.7 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from the prior week and the unadjusted index was up 6 […]

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Homeownership Rates Fall Across the Board

The U.S. Census Bureau says the nation’s Homeownership Rate was at 65.4 percent in the second quarter of 2021. This is down from both the previous quarter’s 65.6 percent, and a year earlier when it was reported at 67.9 percent. However, the Bureau cautions,” When interpreting these estimates and comparing with prior quarters and years, […]

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Big News For Refi Rates As Adverse Market Fee is Removed

It was big, bad news when it came out last summer. Almost a year later, the 50 basis point “adverse market fee,” which affected a majority of refinance mortgages has been eliminated! Backstory In early August 2020, Fannie and Freddie (who collectively buy or guarantee a vast majority of all mortgages) announced that virtually all […]

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Exhausting Home Prices; No Big Digital Push From Covid; Big News For Refi Rates As Adverse Market Fee is Removed

It was big, bad news when it came out last summer. Almost a year later, the 50 basis point “adverse market fee,” which affected a majority of refinance mortgages has been eliminated! Backstory In early August 2020, Fannie and Freddie (who collectively buy or guarantee a vast majority of all mortgages) announced that virtually all […]

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