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Mortgage Rates Mostly Recover After Starting The Day Higher
Tue, 26 Jan 2021 21:27:40 GMT

Mortgage rates were mixed to slightly higher today, depending on the lender. "Higher" is a relative term, in this case as the average loan seeker is unlikely to see much of a difference between yesterday's quotes and today's. Even then, the changes would almost certainly be in the form of upfront costs (or lender credits) rather than to the interest rate itself. For the sake of thoroughness and accuracy, keep in mind there are really two different kinds of rate when it comes to mortgages. The " note rate " is unsurprisingly the rate found at the top of your mortgage note. This is the rate that's applied to the principal balance of your loan in order to determine your principal and interest payment. The other rate would be the APR (annual percentage rate), which factors in all of the upfront ...read more

Mortgage Rates Down Only Slightly Despite Bond Market Rally
Mon, 25 Jan 2021 21:47:33 GMT

What's a bond market rally and why should mortgage rates care? There are all kinds of bonds. US Treasuries would be the quintessential example, but there are also bonds specific to the mortgage market. These are what groups of loans ultimately become in order to be traded on the open market (thus allowing lenders to make more loans with less risk and lower rates). As investors buy and sell bonds throughout the day, bond prices change. The higher the price, the lower the implied interest rate. Simply put, if bonds are rallying, rates should be falling shortly thereafter. The 10yr Treasury yield is typically an excellent barometer for mortgage rate movement. 10yr Treasuries and mortgage-backed bonds tend to correlate extremely well. As such, we might expect a more significant improvement in mortgage ...read more

How Long Can The Good Times Last For Housing and Rates?
Fri, 22 Jan 2021 21:25:03 GMT

While it wasn't quite the biggest surprise of 2020, the strength of the housing market was one of the best. The just-released numbers for December keep the good times rolling. Leading the charge was December's Existing Home Sales report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The annual pace wasn't quite at the recent 15-year high seen 2 months ago, but it hasn't really fallen since then. No complaints. If you want to see more 15-year records broken, you'll have to rely on The Census Bureau's New Residential Construction numbers. While not a direct measure of New Home Sales, the correlation is high (we'll get the official sales numbers next Thursday). For now, we can bask in the warm glow of another long-term high in Housing Starts. With sales and construction numbers like this, it ...read more

Mortgage Rates Almost Back to Early January Levels
Thu, 21 Jan 2021 21:24:04 GMT

Mortgage rates made more progress today, but only after some drama in the morning. The bond market started the day in weaker territory and many mortgage lenders were offering higher rates as a result. As the day progressed, bonds improved and lenders adjusted their offerings accordingly. By the afternoon, the average lender was in better territory than yesterday. The improvement is the latest in a string of slow, steady gains for the mortgage market. While the average lender is not yet quite back to the super low territory from early January, many are as close as they've been since the January 6th rate spike following the Georgia senate election. Top tier purchase rates for conventional 30yr fixed loans are in the 2.5 to 2.75 neighborhood while top tier no-cash-out refis are about an eighth ...read more

Mortgage Rates Making Steady Progress Over The Past Week
Wed, 20 Jan 2021 21:43:22 GMT

Mortgage rates are off to a decent start this week with the average lender offering slightly better terms compared to last Friday. The progress actually began earlier last week. On Tuesday morning, rates were at their highest levels in exactly 2 months after jumping at a relatively quick pace in response to the Georgia senate election. The underlying bond market was making an adjustment for a likely increase in Treasury issuance in the short term. There was no way to be sure how long that adjustment would last or how much it would impact rates. That uncertainty began to clear up on Tuesday as a scheduled auction of US Treasury debt was met with strong demand. After that, the tone in the bond market shifted for the better and we've seen additional examples of resilience. In general, when bonds ...read more