Mortgage Rates Surge Lower

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Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch

Mortgage rates surged lower today, falling at the fastest single-day pace in more than a year. In order to see the average lender offer lower rates, you’d need to go back to October 2nd at least. For many lenders, it would be a few weeks before that. Granted, this merely restores rates to what had been 7-year highs at the time, but you know what they say about journeys of 1000 steps and what not… Much of the improvement was driven by an ongoing reaction to a speech by Fed Chair Powell from yesterday. Markets perceived Powell as softening his stance on rate hikes. US markets reacted to that yesterday, but European and Asian markets took their turn overnight. The opening levels in US markets (which have a bearing on mortgage rates) are heavily influenced by overseas trading during the night…(read more)

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