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Mortgage Rates are Actually Higher Today

Mortgage rates moved higher at a much quicker pace today.  This runs counter to the most widely-circulated weekly rate report from Freddie Mac, which indicates a new low for 2014.  The Freddie data isn’t wrong, just a little behind.  Still, … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates Slightly Higher After Fed Announcement

Mortgage rates rose at an acceptable pace today, following the FOMC Announcement and press conference.  Rates are driven by bond markets (mortgage-backed-securities, to be specific) and bond markets make a big deal of digesting and reacting to Fed policy.  The … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates Back to Pre-Taper-Tantrum Levels

Mortgage rates fell decisively today, bringing some lenders back in line with rate sheets seen on May 22nd, 2013.  That’s significant because it was arguably the first day of the ‘Taper Tantrum,’ when markets began pricing in the effects of … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates Steady at 2014 Lows

Mortgage rates held steady today on average, but were slightly higher or lower depending on the lender.  In either case, there hasn’t been much movement from Friday’s latest rate sheet offerings. That leaves 3.875% intact as the most prevalent conforming … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates Close to a Major Milestone

Mortgage rates improved again today rounding out an entire week of gains.  They’re nothing to shake a stick at, either.  Although the most prevalently-quoted 30yr fixed rate for top tier borrowers will remain 3.875% today, 3.75% is making a solid … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates Hold Ground at 18-Month Lows

Mortgage rates didn’t move much today, depending on the lender.  Lenders that reissued improved rate sheets yesterday afternoon are generally in the same territory or slightly worse.  Lenders that did not reprice yesterday are slightly better today.  On average, rate … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates Back to 2014 Lows

Mortgage rates moved only slightly lower today, but it was enough to bring the end-of-day average to the lowest in more than a year an a half.  For the record, there were lower rates available on the morning of October … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates Returning to Recent Lows

Mortgage rates fell again today, bringing them very close to their lowest levels in more than a year and a half.  US bond markets (including Treasuries and mortgage-backed-securities) continue taking cues from European bond markets where the benchmark 10yr yield … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates Make Good on Hints of Resilience

Mortgage rates improved to begin the new week–a welcome development considering last week ended with a strong jobs report and a moderate move higher for rates.  Despite that move, we discussed the fact that there was an inordinate amount of … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates Manage Decent Day in Spite of Jobs Data

Mortgage rates moved only slightly higher today in spite of an exceptionally strong Employment Situation Report.  This particular jobs report is the biggest of the month, and by far the most capable market mover when it comes to economic data.  … Continue reading

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