Rates at 2 Week Lows; Pending Sales Reflect Downbeat Buyers; Lender/Realtor Connections
Mortgage rates moved lower today following back-to-back afternoons of improvements in underlying bond markets. Yesterday afternoon was only slightly stronger. It didn't result in many lenders offering mid-day improvements in rate sheets. Today, however, multiple lenders put out positive reprices after a well-received Treasury auction indicated strong investor demand in the bond market (higher demand for bonds = lower rates). The average lender is back to their best levels since December 14th . Whereas 4.375% had easily been the most prevalent conventional 30yr fixed quote for top tier scenarios, 4.25% is at least as common today. All that having been said, rates were already fairly close to that tipping point. The range has been calm and narrow over the past 2 weeks. Today's move stands out
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