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Mortgage Rates Jump to Highest Levels in April

Mortgage rates jumped significantly higher today, relative to the almost perfectly flat trend that’s been intact for more than a week.  We were already a bit cautious due to yesterday’s underlying market weakness, but today’s move was far swifter than yesterday’s … Continue reading

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Can investment opportunities be taken by everyone?

The world of investment has been hit very recently by the disclosure of the “Panama Papers”, and it could be easy to jump on the bandwagon and state that investing, especially in certain ways, is not a particularly good way … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates Unchanged Despite Market Pointing Higher

Mortgage rates held steady again today, despite some weakness in underlying bond markets.  When it comes to setting rates for the day lender rate sheets almost always follow the movement in the underlying bond market (specifically, mortgage-backed securities, which tend … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates Hold Steady Despite Market Volatility

Mortgage rates held steady today, leaving them just off the lowest levels in nearly three years.  Market conditions were somewhat volatile surrounding a weekend meeting in Doha regarding potential changes in oil output.  Oil prices fell precipitously to begin the … Continue reading

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Qualifying for a Mortgage: How Your Credit Score Plays In

For most people, mortgage loans are a bit of a mystery. It’s a somewhat complicated financial product that has a lot of moving pieces, and the average person is only going to get about a handful in their lifetime. However, … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates End Week Just Off Recent Lows

Mortgage rates improved slightly today, bringing them back toward the lowest levels in nearly three years. With all of the headlines to that effect yesterday, it’s worth taking a moment to clear up. The only mortgage rates that officially hit … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates Are Actually a Bit Higher

It’s that time again!  Thursday rolls around and Freddie Mac releases its weekly mortgage rate survey.  Most major media outlets subsequently craft headlines based on the week-over-week change reported by Freddie.  Most have some variation on the same theme: “lowest … Continue reading

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Average US rate on 30-year mortgage slips to 3.58 percent

FILE – In this Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, file photo, a home is for sale in Coral Gables, Fla. Freddie Mac reports on the week’s average U.S. mortgage rates on Thursday, April 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)More WASHINGTON (AP) … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates Rise Gently From Long Term Lows

Mortgage rates pulled up just slightly today after spending the past few days near 3-year lows.  The weakness in rates is in line with our discussion yesterday regarding the fact that bond markets were already suggesting a small move higher, but that … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates Hold Ground, but Threaten to Move Higher

Mortgage rates managed to hold steady today despite weakness in underlying bond markets.  That means the rates being offered by lenders are substantially similar to yesterday’s, but the rates implied by trading levels of mortgage-backed-securities (MBS) would be just a bit higher. … Continue reading

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