Category Archives: Mortgage Rates

Will Mortgage Rates Ever Go Back Up?

Some of you reading this will remember this number – 16.63 percent. That was the average mortgage rate in 1981. In fact, from 1980 to 1991 the average mortgage never dipped below 10 percent. The 1990’s were a little kinder for homebuyers and homeowners though – the average mortgage rate for that decade was a […]

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The Insider Secret of a No Closing Cost Mortgage

Mortgage quotes come with options that you may not be aware exist, but definitely need to understand if you want the best mortgage for your unique situation. The terminology used by mortgage lenders to describe these options is probably foreign to most borrowers – par, above par and below par pricing. These mortgage terms also […]

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What Brexit Means to the Mortgage Market

The United Kingdom – surprisingly and foolishly in my opinion – voted to exit the European Union yesterday. Brexit – dutifully dubbed by the acronym loving media – will have wide-ranging effects on multiple continents and countries – including right here in the USA. One of the biggest, and most immediate, effects for Americans is […]

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What to Expect from Mortgage Rates in the Second Half of 2016

Mortgage rates are a fickle beast affected by many factors. They can change on the drop of hat and fluctuate constantly. Your ultimate mortgage rate is determined by your overall risk as a borrower through a mechanism called loan level pricing (LLPA) which adds adjustments to your rate based on risk. Combine “base” rates – […]

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The Reason You Are Getting Higher Mortgage Rate Than Your Friend

You checked out Freddie Mac’s average mortgage rate report. You looked at Bankrate too. You called your mortgage lender – or multiple lenders – but your mortgage rate quote is higher than the rates you see online. Why? If you are consistently being quoted a higher rate than what you see listed online you likely […]

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2016 Mortgage Rate Outlook

2015 was an easier year than most, for mortgage rate shoppers. Consistency was the standard,  with rates generally hovering  below 4% for most of the year. That consistency was a mortgage market anomaly though. In fact, it’s been nearly 20 years since we’ve had such a consistent mortgage rate environment. You have to go all […]

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How the Fed Rate Increase Affects Mortgage Rates

The Federal Open Market Committee – also known as the Federal Reserve or just the “FED” –  makes big decisions that impact the future of the American (and even the world) economy. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) is a rotating, 12-person sub-committee within the Federal Reserve, headed by Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen. The […]

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Mortgage Rates Jump 0.25% on Fed Comments and Employment News

In last 2 weeks, mortgage rates have jumped sharply. They are up 0.25% for most loan programs and the outlook is for something worse for the rest of 2015. Day to day mortgage rates are decided by the movement of mortgage backed securities (MBS) as traded on the Wall Street.  The lower the price of […]

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How Greece and China Woes Will Affect Your Mortgage Rates?

Have you ever wondered how the number is derived that makes up your mortgage rate? Why is your mortgage rate 4.5%? 5.25%? 3%? Mortgage rates are born from bonds and the mortgage-backed securities (MBS) markets. Similar to corporate bonds and the stock market, mortgage-backed bonds trade actively every day. Pricing changes constantly. Rates change constantly. […]

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Mortgage Rates Continue To Climb – Now At Highest Level Since Oct, 2014

Mortgage backed securities (MBS) suffered one of the worst weeks in recent times. As a result, mortgage rates continued to climb higher. After the recent MBS sell off, rates are now at the highest level since October, 2014. However, they are still ~.0.25% lower than at the same time last year. MBS is a type […]

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