Rates Highest in Months; Home Sales Surge; Tax Bill’s Housing Implications
Mortgage rates continued higher today, largely due to momentum in bond markets (which dictate rates) carrying over from yesterday. Trading was far less active today and the movement was much smaller. Even so, any amount of additional weakness would have been enough to confirm a shift in what had been an exceptionally flat rate range over the past 3 months. The average lender has moved an eighth of percentage point (.125%) higher in rate over the past 2 days, leaving them right in line with late October's levels. Unfortunately late October marked a brief period of highs rates, and you'd have to go back to early July to see anything similar. On a final, downbeat note, we haven't seen conclusively higher rates since May 2017. As we discussed yesterday, bond markets are making these moves for their
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