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Mortgage Rates Are Still Amazing, But Improving at a Slower Pace Now

Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch

Mortgage rates have been holding a very narrow range since July 9th. They also hit new all-time lows on July 9th. A few of the days since then have been slightly better and–less frequently–slightly worse, but any one of them is noticeably better than anything before July 9th. This is the new reality of the mortgage market after coronavirus. It will continue to be the reality until it’s not anymore, and the deciding factor there will likely be progress against the pandemic. There are other considerations as well. Chief among these is the correlation between mortgage rates and the broader bond market. When rates first began to fall to all-time lows in March, US Treasuries (our representative of “the broader bond market”) moved lower much faster. That didn’t matter much to anyone watching mortgage…(read more)

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