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Mortgage Rates Back at This Week's Lows

Mortgage rates continued lower today on a combination of global reaction to yesterday's Fed Announcement and apprehension over new tariffs on China.  The Fed Announcement was positive due to Jerome Powell's press conference--an event that happens late enough in the day that overseas markets don't really have a chance to react.  Because of that, domestic markets sometimes hold back a little until they can feel out the global reaction. 

In other words, rates were pretty sure they were headed even lower yesterday afternoon, but they wanted to see how the rest of the world felt about it.  Turns out, everyone felt pretty good about it, thus delivering the first ingredient in today's improvement.  The tariff and "trade war" narrative was the 2nd ingredient,  but it was a bigger deal for stocks, which ultimately saw heavy losses by the end of the day.  Bonds--which dictate rates--still had a great day, but shied away from following stocks to new lows in the afternoon.

The net effect is a mortgage rate environment that's largely in line with Monday's levels.  The bonds that underlie mortgages didn't get as much love as the broader bond market.  Beyond that, mortgage lenders have been hesitant to make major adjustments to rate sheets.  The average lenders is still quoting top tier conventional 30yr fixed rates in the 4.5-4.625% range.

This Daily Mortgage Rate Update is provided in partnership with Mortgage News Daily.