Friday, December 11, 2015

Mortgage News Daily: Mortgage Rates Move Lower

by Bill McBride on 12/11/2015 08:11:00 PM

From Matthew Graham at Mortgage News Daily: Mortgage Rates Lower as Markets Grow Anxious Ahead of Fed

Mortgage rates recovered yesterday's losses in many cases, and moved even lower in many other cases. The mortgage sector was one of the tamer performances of the day when it comes to financial markets. Even if we focus solely on the mortgage-backed-securities (MBS) that most directly affect mortgage rates, we see a lot more movement in the marketplace than we see on lender rate sheets.

This dichotomy between market movement and rate sheets is fairly common when volatility increases or on the approach to a significant economic event. That's especially true of Friday afternoons. With a big increase in volatility on this Friday before next week's big Fed announcement, today meets all the conditions.

Still, rates did drop--just not as much as we might like. The most prevalently-quoted conventional 30yr fixed rate moved back down to 3.875% for some of the more aggressive lenders, though most remain at 4.0%. Among the lenders quoting the same rates as yesterday, upfront costs would be slightly lower (or lender credit slightly higher).
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Here is a table from Mortgage News Daily: