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For all practical purposes, the year is over when it comes to mortgage rate volatility. True, there is some small chance that political developments conspire to push rates just a bit higher in the next two days, but the damage would be insignificant in the bigger picture. In other words, we're looking at "all-time low " rates today versus "rates that are close enough to all-time lows that no one would really notice the difference" in the event of more negative outcomes. The catch is that these sorts of assumptions get increasingly risky as the new year commences. Especially concerning for bonds (which dictate rates) is the Georgia senate election. This has nothing to do with political opinion and everything to do with the nature of stimulus and government funding. Specifically, democrats and
Here we are on the first business day of 2021, the year of the movie Mad Max 2. (It is so much easier saying “2020” than “2021,” right?) Last year, as one industry vet wrote me, was “The Year Of The Genius” in mort... (read more)
For all practical purposes, the year is over when it comes to mortgage rate volatility. True, there is some small chance that political developments conspire to push rates just a bit higher in the next two days, but the damage would be insignificant ... (read more)
Pending home sales slid for the third straight month in November and the 2.6 percent decline was the largest of the three. The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) said its Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a leading indicator of sales of exist... (read more)
The headline for the October S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller home price report is yet another month of escalating gains. The National Home Price Index which covers all nine U.S. census divisions posted an annual increase of 8.4 percent compared to a 7... (read more)
As studies go, ATTOM Data Solutions Grocery Store Wars analysis is kind of silly. But at this point in this year, kind of silly is sort of welcome. Keep chickens and eggs in mind and make of this what you will. The company looked at how the proximity... (read more)
Markets Back in Action, Hurrying Up and Waiting
Bonds were back in action today although you'd hardly know it based on the narrow trading range. Stocks were much more willing to put on a show with S&... (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.