Rates Inch Further Into Long-Term Highs; Refi Apps at 8-Year Low; April Construction Numbers
Mortgage rates spiked to 7-year highs yesterday. While today's move was nowhere near the same size, it was in the same unfriendly direction. That makes it the worst day for mortgage rates since the middle of 2011. Whether "the middle" refers to May or July depends upon whom you ask. In terms of individual days, a few were slightly higher in July on a day or two (depends on the lender). But in terms of weekly rate surveys, we'll need to go back to May 2011, to see Freddie Mac report something higher than 4.58%--the matching highs from 3 weeks ago and August 2013--at least until tomorrow. Even with Freddie's typical margin of error, it's highly likely that 4.58% is a line that will be crossed in tomorrow morning's data. Meanwhile, back in the real world , most prospective mortgage borrowers would
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