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|Rates Drop Sharply to Start The New Week|
|5/30/2023 3:19 PM|
|The past 2 weeks were fairly rough for fans of low mortgage rates. The average lender moved higher at the fastest pace since February over that time. By the end of last week, the average lender was back above 7% for a top tier 30yr fixed scenario (and "well above" on Friday). What a difference a weekend makes. While we"re nowhere...Read More|
|Do Rates Care About Debt Ceiling?|
|5/26/2023 2:45 PM|
|It was nearly impossible to avoid news regarding the debt ceiling this week, but how much does it actually matter? Let"s make sure we"re on the same page first. What follows are a few NON-POLITICAL thoughts on the debt ceiling, which is different than a "default." The debt ceiling has to be increased periodically in order for th...Read More|
|Mortgage Rate Highest in More Than 6 Months|
|5/25/2023 3:34 PM|
|It was bad news but big news a few days ago when the average top tier 30yr fixed rate made it back to 7% for the first time since early March. After trying to stage a modest recovery yesterday, the pain continued today. The bond market (which dictates day to day rate movement) is experiencing more volatility than normal due to the debt ceili...Read More|
|Mortgage Rates Start Lower But End Higher|
|5/24/2023 3:43 PM|
|Wednesday was a fairly volatile day for mortgage rates. The movement wasn"t extreme, but there were a few lead changes. The day began with the average lender offering just slightly lower rates compared to yesterday. As the day progressed, bonds began to lose ground. Bonds dictate rates and when they lose ground, it re...Read More|
|Mortgage Rates Move Back Above 7%|
|5/23/2023 3:58 PM|
|Today"s headline is the most dramatic part of today"s story on mortgage rates. The average top tier 30yr fixed rate has been mostly operating in a 6-7% range since September 2022. There were several weeks in the low to mid 7s in Oct/Nov and a few days in early March. Then the mini banking crisis unfolded and ushered rates to the b...Read More|
|Mortgage Rates Approaching 7% Again|
|5/22/2023 3:36 PM|
|There are some broad rate surveys/indices that show 30yr fixed mortgage rates under 6.5% or close to it, but it"s a bit of a mystery as to how such a thing could be justified--even after accounting for the typical lag between weekly surveys and our daily records. Indeed, most of the past week saw the average top tier rate at 6.625% or higher for t...Read More|
|A Ceiling That Actually Matters|
|5/19/2023 3:24 PM|
|The debt ceiling debate is all over the news, but it"s a different ceiling is commanding more of the bond market"s attention. Still, we wouldn"t say the debt ceiling is irrelevant, so let"s take a brief moment to address its implications for the housing and mortgage markets. The most direct effect of the debt ceiling debate is a general ebb ...Read More|
|Mortgage Rates Now at 2 Month Highs|
|5/18/2023 2:20 PM|
|It may not be a death by a thousand cuts, but mortgage rates are suffering a bit of blood loss from roughly 5 cuts. Specifically, the past 5 days have seen consecutive moves to higher levels. The whole affair has been fairly steady relative to the types of volatile swings that have been all too common for most of the past year and a hal...Read More|
|Mortgage Rates Barely Budged on Wednesday; Deep Dive on Rate Index Methodology|
|5/17/2023 2:36 PM|
|Mortgage rates have been moving higher since late last week, ultimately hitting the highest levels in just over 2 weeks yesterday, but that trend ended today. The average lender is almost perfectly in line with yesterday"s latest rate sheet offerings. In other words, not only did nothing interesting happen to rates today, but arguably, nothi...Read More|
|Mortgage Rates Inch Up to 2-Week Highs|
|5/16/2023 2:35 PM|
|Mortgage rates didn"t change much today. The average lender was only a hair higher than yesterday afternoon. But that was enough for today"s rates to be the highest we"ve since May 1st, just over 2 weeks ago. The fact that rates rose at all is somewhat at odds with today"s most important economic report. Rates are dictated by bon...Read More|