Mortgage Rates End 2018 at 4-Month Lows

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Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch

Mortgage rates moved lower by an almost imperceptible amount today. The improvement was enough to bring the average lender to the lowest levels since the end of August, 2018. In other words, these are the best rates in 4 months. 2 months ago, all hope seemed lost. Rates were the highest in years and there were few reasons to expect the pain to subside, short of a massive meltdown in stocks or a big picture shift in the economy. As you’re likely away, stocks indeed tanked heading into the 4th quarter. And as I’ve mentioned many times since, that stock weakness was largely responsible for rates’ ability to reclaim lost ground. This raises serious questions for the beginning of 2019 because the economic data and other indicators aren’t necessarily looking like they justify all the pain we’ve seen…(read more)

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