Mortgage Rates Steady to Higher, Depending on Lender

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Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch

Mortgage rates were distinctly mixed today, with some lenders clearly moving higher while others were effectively unchanged. The deciding factor is both simple and obvious. It has to do with Friday’s wild action in the bond market (following the Flynn/Russia news in the morning). That market movement resulted in a handful of lenders reissuing lower rates on Friday afternoon. Those lenders had to move rates back up today because underlying bond markets weren’t able to maintain the improvements that resulted in the better rate sheets. Lenders who didn’t adjust rates on Friday ended up being in fairly ideal territory for today’s bond trading range and thus didn’t need to make noticeable adjustments. As for the forces underlying the pull-back in bonds, the Senate’s passage of its tax bill likely…(read more)

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