Mortgage Rates Start Higher, But Improve in The Afternoon
Mortgage rates are only adjusted once per day by default. From there, the underlying bond market would need to improve or deteriorate by a certain amount for the average lender to go to the trouble of a mid-day reprice. A small handful of lenders did that last Friday (bonds were deteriorating), but the losses were small enough to avoid forcing most lenders’ hands.
By abstaining on Friday, the average lender was forced to adjust today’s rates slightly higher to account for the bond market weakness. In other words, this morning’s rates were higher than Friday morning’s.
As the day progressed, mortgage bonds improved enough for a friendly mid-day reprice. A majority of lenders pulled the trigger, thus helping rates close the gap with Friday’s rates. Simply put, rates started the day moderately higher versus Friday morning, but are now only marginally higher (assuming the lender in question offered a mid-day price improvement).…(read more)
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