Some Signs of Pressure on Rates and Housing Sentiment; Do Renters Have it Easier Than Buyers?
Mortgage rates held steady again today, keeping them in line with the lowest levels in more than 3 weeks. They've also been uncommonly calm so far this week, which certainly isn't a bad thing when we're at 3-week lows. The calm trend began showing cracks at the end of the day in terms of underlying bond markets (movement in bonds ultimately dictates movement in mortgage rates). Bonds began to weaken in the afternoon. "Weakness" in bonds corresponds to higher rates. To put the move in context, bonds are still in better territory than they were on any day last week. In other words, the weakness is quite modest for now. The risk is that it signifies some sort of shift because of bond trading behavior over the past 2 days. To oversimplify a complex phenomenon, bonds (the ones we watch to get a
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