Mortgage Rates Bounce Higher

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Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch

Mortgage rates moved higher more definitively today after as lenders had a chance to match their offerings to underlying bond markets. Markets themselves were already pointing to this move yesterday, but the lender response was still somewhat mixed in the afternoon hours. More simply put, mortgage rates are based on the trading levels of mortgage-backed bonds. The bonds move first and then mortgage lenders follow by adjusting the rates they’re offering to consumers. The adjustment typically happens at least once when the lender publishes rates for the first time on any given day. From there, markets need to move by a certain amount in order for lenders to realize any benefit to making a mid-day adjustment. Many lenders did that yesterday, but with trading levels getting even worse before this…(read more)

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