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Expectations for a Rate Hike Have Accelerated

Expectations for a Rate Hike Have Accelerated

Having cited an ongoing public health crisis (i.e., the pandemic) that “will continue to weigh on economic activity, employment, and inflation in the near term, and poses considerable risks to the economic outlook” at the end of last year, the dot plot of Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) participant’s... Read More »

Benchmark Mortgage Rate Inches Down to 2.96 Percent

Benchmark Mortgage Rate Inches Down to 2.96 Percent

Despite concerns that Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen’s recent comments hinted at the need for the Fed to raise rates sooner rather than later, in order to keep the economy from “overheating,” the average rate for a benchmark 30-year mortgage inched back down 2 basis points (0.02 percentage points) over... Read More »

Benchmark Mortgage Rate Hovering at Just Under 3 Percent

Benchmark Mortgage Rate Hovering at Just Under 3 Percent

Having inched up 1 basis point over the past week to 2.98 percent, the average rate for a benchmark 30-year mortgage is hovering just under 3 percent for the second week in a row and running 25 basis points (0.25 percentage points) below its mark at the same time... Read More »

Mortgage Rates Continue to Inch Up

Mortgage Rates Continue to Inch Up

While the Fed has just affirmed its intentions to maintain a low rate environment through 2023, the average rate for a benchmark 30-year mortgage, which inched over 3 percent for the first time in seven months two weeks ago, inched up another 4 basis points (0.04 percentage points) over the... Read More »

The Fed Affirms: No Rate Hikes on the Horizon, Risks Loom

Citing an ongoing public health crisis (i.e., the pandemic) that “will continue to weigh on economic activity, employment, and inflation in the near term, and poses considerable risks to the economic outlook over the medium term,” the Federal has just reaffirmed its commitment to maintaining a low-rate environment, “until... Read More »

Benchmark Mortgage Rate Holds, Short-Term Rate Drops

Benchmark Mortgage Rate Holds, Short-Term Rate Drops

With the Fed’s affirmation of a prolonged low-rate environment already priced in, the average rate for a benchmark 30-year mortgage effectively held over the past week, inching up a single basis point to 2.87 percent, which is 86 basis points below its mark at the same time last year... Read More »

Benchmark Mortgage Rate Inches Up, No Hikes on the Horizon

Benchmark Mortgage Rate Inches Up, No Hikes on the Horizon

Having dropped to an all-time low of 3.15 percent two weeks ago, the average rate for a benchmark 30-year mortgage has since inched up 6 basis points (0.06 percentage points) to 3.21 percent but remains 61 basis points below its mark at the same time last year and nearly... Read More »

Benchmark Mortgage Rate Drops, Short-Term Rate Jumps

Benchmark Mortgage Rate Drops, Short-Term Rate Jumps

Having spiked last week, the average rate for a benchmark 30-year mortgage has since shed 15 basis points for an average rate of 3.50 percent, which is 56 basis points (0.56 percent) below its mark at the same time last year, according to Freddie Mac’s latest Mortgage Market Survey... Read More »

Mortgage Rates Spike

Mortgage Rates Spike

Having inched up from an all-time low of 3.29 percent to 3.36 percent last week, the average rate for a benchmark 30-year mortgage has since jumped another 29 basis points (0.29 percentage points) to 3.65 percent but remains 63 basis points below its mark at the same time last... Read More »

The Fed Just Dropped Rates to Near-Zero, And…

Having already rolled out an emergency rate cut of 50 basis points two weeks ago, the Federal Reserve has just announced an even larger cut of a full percentage point (100 basis points), resulting in a target federal funds rate of zero to 0.25 percent (which the Fed expects... Read More »