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Mortgage rates moved modestly lower today, bringing the average lender very close to all-time lows . The caveat continues to be that day-to-day rate changes have been small ever since hitting the confirmed all-time lows on June 11th. Realistically, if you locked in a rate any time in the past 4 weeks, you did very well. The same is true today, and it will continue to be true as long as the broader financial market remains concerned about the resurgence in covid-19 cases in several states. Mortgage rates are primarily driven by the bond market. They share many similarities with US Treasuries. When investors are feeling cautious or seeking to prevent the loss of capital, the bond market offers a safe haven. When demand for bonds increases, bond prices rise and bond yields fall. "Yield" is another
Mortgage rates moved modestly lower today, bringing the average lender very close to all-time lows . The caveat continues to be that day-to-day rate changes have been small ever since hitting the confirmed all-time lows on June 11th. Realistically, i... (read more)
After three weeks of declining totals, Black Knight says the number of active COVID-19 forbearance plans shot up over the past week. As of June 23, there were 4.68 million homeowners in forbearance, an increase of 79,000 from the prior week. This sur... (read more)
In his analysis of current mortgage credit tightening for the Joint Center on Housing Studies excerpted here earlier, Don Layton included a special section on lender overlays . The former Freddie Mac CEO focused specifically on how those overlays may... (read more)
House prices continued to be unfazed by the current economic upheaval. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) reports that its U.S. House Price Index for April, the first full month that reflects the impact of the pandemic, continued to rise almos... (read more)
The Trend is Officially Broken. Welcome Back To The Range
Bond yields moved lower today, thus breaking out of the prevailing trend. In so doing, they find themselves squarely back inside a longer-stand... (read more)
There are plenty of tricks in any trade. Just-opened cellulose sponges are already damp because many are premoistened with sterile water. (Without H20, the material shrivels and hardens and looks unattractive in the store.) Watch a car commercial on ... (read more)
Interest rates displayed are national averages and for informational purposes only. Actual rates from lenders may vary based on several factors including, but not limited to, credit worthiness, ability to replay, credit score, down payment, loan term, etc.