Mortgage Rates Rise Sharply to Fresh 7-Year Highs

Mortgage rates had a bad week and an especially bad day following a much stronger-than-expected jobs report.  The Employment Situation (the most important piece of labor market data and arguably the most important economic report as far as interest rates are concerned) showed the highest pace of wage growth since before the recession and a surprisingly robust addition of new jobs in October.  Strong jobs data is the nemesis of low interest rates and today was no exception.

Mortgage rates were already operating fairly close to long-term highs, but today's move easily took them to new highs.  The average lender is now quoting conventional 30yr fixed rates of 5% for relatively ideal scenarios.  Those without a big down payment or without perfect credit/income can expect to see even higher rates.  Most lenders ended up recalling the morning's initial rate sheets and reissuing higher rates at least once today. 

There's really no silver lining apart from the fact that the higher rates go, and the quicker they get there, the closer we get to the point that the economy slows down as a result.  When that happens, rates will begin to fall before just about anything else.  Unfortunately, the expected time frame for such things is incredibly wide (not the sort of thing you hope for if you need to buy/refi).  And yes... it's also unfortunate that our one source of solace at the moment involves an economic downturn, but if you want low interest rates, that tends to come with the territory.

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