Mortgage rates were up to the highest levels in 2 weeks yesterday, but that was then and this is now. In the wee hours of the morning, trade-related headlines rocked financial markets. This sent stock prices and bond yields (aka “rates”) lower at a rapid pace. Mortgage lenders began the day in much better territory. By the middle of the day, they’d seen enough improvement to reissue rate sheets with even better terms. The average lender is now close to the lowest rates since October 9th.
Interest rates are in an interesting spot right now. They’re willing (and compelled) to pay attention to headlines like those seen today, as well as the economic data that typically provides guidance. The data adheres to a schedule whereas the headlines usually don’t. With that in mind, there’s no way to say that today’s market motivations will continue putting downward pressure on rates in the days ahead. We do, however, have important economic data in the morning. It still has the ability to push rates in either direction depending on the results (just like it did at the beginning of the week). The only difference is that low rates will get a bit of a head start thanks to today’s improvement.
Loan Originator Perspective
Bonds rallied and stocks swooned today, as more tariff trauma surfaced, both with China and elsewhere. Tariffs reduce economic growth, which makes investments like MBS more attractive. I’m not locking new loans for now, as today’s rates don’t…