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Mortgage rates didn't move much today. Some lenders were perfectly unchanged, but the average lender was just slightly higher. That's at odds with underlying bond market movement (which directly impacts rates)--at least at first glance. Specifically, the bonds underlying mortgages were slightly stronger today. That would imply slightly lower mortgage rates. So why did rates rise? As is often the case, today's seemingly paradoxical movement is due to timing . Bonds were weakening ever-so-slightly yesterday--something that's consistent with lenders raising rates. But the bond market didn't weaken enough for lenders to make those changes in the middle of the business day. Additionally, today's bond market improvement didn't really stick until the afternoon. Like yesterday, it wasn't quite enough
Mortgage rates were sideways to slightly higher today, prolonging a 3-day trend of exceptionally light volatility. The 5 days before that (beginning on Wednesday, October 3rd) were completely different, with a huge move higher at first followed by a moderate recovery at the beginning of last week. That recovery largely followed the stock market weakness. Stocks and rates don't always move in the same direction, but when stocks fall as quickly as they did last week, rates usually benefit. After such moves level-off, rates tend to wait for stocks to see if there will be an aftershock or a big bounce. For now, it doesn't look like stocks have made up their mind yet, as they too have continued in a largely sideways pattern during the last 3 trading sessions. Loan Originator Perspective Bond markets
Mortgage rates held relatively steady today, finally leveling off after two solid days of improvement driven by the week's big stock market sell-off. Stocks and rates don't always move in the same direction at the same time, but when stocks make a big move lower, rates tend to benefit. This week's move lower in stocks was the 3rd largest since the financial crisis. In that light, we only saw a mere token of improvement for mortgage rates, but we'll take what we can get considering it was the only meaningful drop in rates since August 10th. For most of the day, it looked like stocks might head back down, but they recovered in the afternoon. That put an end to the hopes of any more improvement in mortgage rates for this week. Underlying bond markets were quick to follow stocks back in the other
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