Rates Highest in a Week Ahead of Retail Sales; Tis The Season For New Home Sales
Mortgage rates moved moderately higher today, bringing them to the worse levels in exactly one week. That said, the movement over that time has been minimal overall--not even enough to affect contract rates. In other words, you would likely have seen the same interest rate on any quote during the past 5 days. The changes in "rates" would instead be driven by the changes in the upfront costs. Taking these closing costs into consideration allows us to observe changes in mortgage cost on a smaller scale (sometimes referred to as "effective rate). The most prevalently-quoted conventional 30yr fixed rate remains 4.0%, though fewer lenders are quoting 3.875% today. With next week's Fed Announcement being the biggest item on the near-term calendar, none of the recent economic data or events have been
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