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  • Mortgage Rates: Volatility Leaves Lenders Defensive

    by Matthew Graham on June 21 2011, 3:11 PM
    Home loan borrowing costs continue to hover near the best levels we've seen all year. Activity in the secondary mortgage market is getting more and more restless though as investors await an update from the Federal Reserve tomorrow and new developments...
  • Mortgage Rates: Headline News Dependent

    by AQ on June 20 2011, 3:31 PM
    Home loan borrowing costs are hovering near the best levels we've seen all year. Volatility has however picked up in the bond market. Just last Tuesday rate watchers experienced a scare where it looked like Best Execution quotes were doomed to move higher...
  • Mortgage Rates: Waiting for New Guidance

    by AQ on June 17 2011, 4:03 PM
    A scary setback early in the week had us on the edge of our seats but home loan borrowing costs managed to recover thanks to a "flight to safety" in the bond market. This helped mortgage rates end the week near the same levels they closed at last Friday...
  • Mortgage Rates: Setback Survived. For Now...

    by AQ on June 16 2011, 4:12 PM
    After experiencing a scary setback earlier in the week, home loan borrowing costs improved again today as a "flight to safety" continued to benefit bond yields. A "flight to safety" happens when investors are nervous about owning risky assets like stocks...
  • Mortgage Rates: Bullet Dodged

    by AQ on June 15 2011, 3:25 PM
    Home loan borrowing costs took a beating yesterday. The bond market's behavior was so unfriendly that Best Execution mortgage rates nearly shifted higher as a result. The main motivation behind this unfavorable directional display was a significant rally...
  • Mortgage Rates: Best Ex Under Pressure

    by Matthew Graham on June 14 2011, 3:49 PM
    The trend of increasing home loan borrowing costs that began last Thursday continued today. Best-Execution mortgage rates are on the verge of shifting higher as a result. We'd still describe this current weakness as the longer term rates rally taking...
  • Mortgage Rates: Questioning the Rally

    by AQ on June 13 2011, 3:56 PM
    After finally managing to topple " The Wall ", the mortgage rate rally stalled and went sideways last week. We'd describe this pause as mortgage rates taking a "breather" in the wake of a 2-month rally. The sideways shuffle seen last week serves as a...
  • Mortgage Rates: See the Sideways Shuffle

    by AQ on June 10 2011, 3:38 PM
    After tearing down "The Wall" last Friday, the mortgage rate rally stalled and went sideways this week. We'd describe this pause as mortgage rates taking a "breather" in the wake of a 2-month rally. If you're looking for a deeper explanation, read THIS...
  • Mortgage Rates: Improvements Erased

    by AQ on June 09 2011, 4:45 PM
    After taking a breather early in the week, home loan borrowing costs resumed their rally yesterday. With those loan pricing improvements, conventional 30-year fixed mortgage rates were teetering on another shift lower in "Best Execution".... That didn...
  • Mortgage Rates: Rally Resumes

    by AQ on June 08 2011, 4:35 PM
    After taking a brief breather early in the week, home loan borrowing costs have resumed their rally. With today's loan pricing improvements, conventional 30-year fixed mortgage rates are teetering on another shift lower in "Best Execution". CURRENT MARKET...
  • Mortgage Rates: Rally Takes a Breather

    by AQ on June 07 2011, 5:42 PM
    Mortgage rate watchers were reminded once again today of the threats they face when floating a loan on a shortened timeline. Although consumer rate quotes were able to recover from early morning weakness, just like they did yesterday, home loan borrowing...
  • Mortgage Rates: Debt Auctions Slow Rally

    by AQ on June 06 2011, 3:40 PM
    "The Wall" was seen wavering last Wednesday, teetering in its most precarious position this year. But we needed more proof that it was ready to be toppled before declaring it had been torn down. That confirmation was granted by an unexpectedly weak Employment...
  • Mortgage Rates: Tear Down This Wall!

    by AQ on June 03 2011, 4:03 PM
    On Wednesday we witnessed the second stage of a potentially significant shift lower in home loan borrowing costs. "The Wall" was wavering, teetering in its most precarious position this year, but we needed more proof that it was ready to be toppled. That...
  • Mortgage Rates: Seeking Confirmation

    by AQ on June 02 2011, 2:33 PM
    Yesterday we witnessed the second stage of a potentially significant shift lower in home loan borrowing costs. While these developments were encouraging, short-term reversals remained a constant threat. Today we were reminded of those short-term threats...
  • Mortgage Rates: Wall Ready to Tumble

    by Matthew Graham on June 01 2011, 5:55 PM
    We are witnessing the second stage of a significant shift lower in home loan borrowing costs. While these secondary signs are encouraging, they are just another step in what might evolve into a sustained rally in the bond market. That second step toward...
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