Nov 17 2014, 3:42PM
Mortgage rates moved moderately lower again today, setting another new low for the month of November. That said, the movement has been primarily restricted to the upfront costs associated with the same old rates. In other words, the most prevalent contract rates remain 4.0% or 4.125% for top tier borrowers, but the upfront costs for those rates are a bit lower than they were on Friday.
The bond markets that dictate mortgage rate movement were almost perfectly flat today after some volatility in the morning. While we didn’t end up seeing a meaningful attempt to get to stronger levels, simply holding Friday’s ground is a positive change. It contributes to a trend that is currently more sideways and supportive compared to the trend in the second half of October which was characterized by slow, steady weakness.