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The Mortgage Reports:
Mortgage Rates Lower so Far This Week, But Well Above Thursday"s Lows
8/9/2022 4:03 PM
Mortgage rates had a bad day last Friday, rising at a very fast pace and ultimately making it almost all the way back to the previous week"s highs.  The new week started on a stronger note with rates recovering some of the lost ground yesterday and generally holding onto that improvement today. The ground-holding is impressive given the fact ...Read More
Rates End Near Last Week"s Highs After Data Swings For Fences
8/5/2022 5:55 PM
The big monthly jobs report from the Labor Department (officially "The Employment Situation) is one of the most reliable sources of volatility for interest rates.  While this was much easier to observe before the pandemic, key economic reports have been getting more and more attention as the market looks for evidence that inflation and tighter...Read More
Critical Cliff"s Notes For Today"s Mortgage Rate News (We"re Not Below 5% Anymore)
8/4/2022 10:01 AM
Regular readers are all too familiar with my fairly regular habit of explaining discrepancies between reality and the typical mortgage rate headlines on Thursdays.  What"s up with Thursday?  That"s when Freddie Mac releases its weekly mortgage rate survey. Freddie"s survey is the longest-running, most deeply entrenched catalog of histori...Read More
Rates Up Roughly Half a Percent in 2 Days
8/3/2022 1:10 PM
We"ve devoted lots of time and space recently to discussing the uncommon mortgage rate environment recently.  The abbreviated thesis can be reduced to a few key bullet points: Mortgage rates involve both the rate itself and the upfront cost required to obtain that rate. Recently, there is much less distance between any two interest rates ...Read More
Rates Rebounding Aggressively After Hitting Lowest Levels Since April
8/2/2022 3:53 PM
Mortgage rates leapt higher at a record pace today--a statement that sounds a bit scarier than it really is by the time we consider the context. The first part of the context is the limitations of day-over-day record keeping for rates.  Our data only goes back to 2008.  There were likely worse individual days in the 20-30 years before th...Read More
The Real Reason Mortgage Rates Are Dropping at a Record Pace
7/29/2022 5:09 PM
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How To Explain The Huge Drop in Mortgage Rates This Week
7/28/2022 4:23 PM
Mortgage rates have been all over the map recently, both in terms of their movement and in their variation between lenders.  It"s not altogether uncommon for certain borrowers to be seeing rates that are half a point lower than they were just last week and a full point below the mid-June highs. This is an  exceptionally fast drop! ...Read More
Mortgage Rates Moving LOWER After Fed Hikes by 0.75%
7/27/2022 4:59 PM
The Federal Reserve concluded one of its 8 regularly scheduled meetings in 2022 today.  As expected, they announced a rate hike of 0.75%. But if you still think that means mortgage rates moved higher, think again. In fact, if you"re not sure why mortgage rates could move lower even though the Fed hiked, you"re better off reading yesterday"s c...Read More
Repeat After Me: The Fed Doesn"t Directly Hike/Cut Mortgage Rates
7/26/2022 3:23 PM
Some quick housekeeping before we dig into the headline: mortgage rates are slightly higher so far this week.  The increases were in place on Monday.  Tuesday started stronger, but most lenders pulled back to Monday"s levels after bonds lost ground throughout the day.  Bond prices/yields are the most important input for mortgage rate...Read More
Biggest Drop of The Week; Lowest Rates Since Early June
7/22/2022 3:50 PM
The market came into the week with a big focus on the scheduled policy announcement from the European Central Bank (ECB).  While our focus remains on mortgage rates in an entirely different continent, major goings on in European markets almost always have an effect on the equivalent U.S. markets.  That would prove true on several fronts ...Read More