Thursday, November 21, 2019

"Mortgage Rates Steady Despite Bond Market Weakness"

by Calculated Risk on 11/21/2019 07:10:00 PM

From Matthew Graham at MortgageNewsDaily: Mortgage Rates Steady Despite Bond Market Weakness

Mortgage rates spent a 2nd day with the average lender holding relatively steady. This follows a decent winning streak over the previous week and a half with the net effect being at least an eighth of a percent (.125%) improvement on the average conventional 30yr fixed quote.

Holding steady was a bit anticlimactic yesterday because the broader bond market (specifically, the benchmark US 10yr Treasury yield) indicated more improvement than we actually saw. That had a lot to do with the underperformance of bonds that specifically underlie mortgages (MBS or "mortgage-backed securities). But whereas MBS lagged Treasuries yesterday, they outperformed today, thus allowing lenders to keep rates unchanged even as 10yr yields moved moderately higher. [Today's Most Prevalent Rates For Top Tier Scenarios 30YR FIXED - 3.75%]
Mortgage Rates Click on graph for larger image.

This graph from Mortgage News Daily shows mortgage rates since 2014.

This graph is interactive, and you could view mortgage rates back to the mid-1980s - click here for graph.