Mortgage rates fell moderately today, helping them move part of the way back down toward their lowest levels in more than 3 months (seen back on Friday). The average lender continues quoting rates that are roughly 3/8ths of a percentage point lower than the highs from early November.
Last Friday's low rates marked the culmination of the strongest winning streak for rates of 2018. We've been in a bit of a holding pattern since then, with next week's scheduled announcement from the Federal Reserve likely serving as the motivation for the next (and probably last) big wave of momentum for the year. "Big wave" is more of a relative term, perhaps. It may only end up being "big" relative to the current, fairly flat week leading up to it....(read more)
Mortgage rates rose more noticeably today as a part of a 3 day bounce after hitting the lowest levels in roughly 3 months at the end of last week. Whereas yesterday's increases weren't really worth mentioning, today's hurt--depending on the scenario.
In general, this bounce was to-be-expected. Granted, we can't ever know exactly how big such bounces will be or how long they'll last, but when rates improve for as many days in a row as they recently had, a bounce is increasingly inevitable. So how bad is this one?...(read more)
Mortgage rates rose almost imperceptibly today, with a few lenders not showing any detectable changes from yesterday. Still, it was the first time since November 30th that rates were higher than the previous day (on average). Today's move was so small that most lenders accounted for it in the form of upfront costs. This means that borrowers would be quoted the same rate as yesterday, but with a small increase in upfront costs. For those who read yesterday's commentary (which said we may have just seen temporary lows in rates as the current move was running out of steam), none of this should come as a surprise. In fact......(read more)
First things first: the average mortgage lender improved modestly today, compared to last Friday's levels. This leaves mortgage rates at their lowest levels in several months. That's great news and indeed, the last few weeks have been the best few weeks we've seen in more than a year. That having been said, we're now reaching the stage where the strong move in underlying financial markets may be running out of steam.
"Running out of steam" could mean one of several things. In the best case, this is just the obligatory pause that almost all such market movements encounter before ultimately continuing in the same direction. The less pleasant eventuality would be that today could mark the lowest rates we'll see for a while. There's no way to know which variety we'll get, but history suggests sprinkling a bit more caution into your strategy if you're in a position to lock a loan....(read more)
Mortgage rates held on to their recent improvements today after the important Employment Situation (the big "jobs report") showed November job creation was lower than expected. In general, weaker job creation is good for interest rates because it speaks to slower economic growth and inflation (both of which are enemies of rates). This report was particularly important because a strong result would have cast doubt on several speeches from members of the Federal Reserve. Those speeches have warned about slower economic growth in 2019 and the potential for fewer rate hikes than previously anticipated....(read more)