Mortgage rateswere flattoday, after weaker-than-expected construction data prompted a positive bounce for bond markets. In general, bonds (which dictate mortgage rates) improve when economic data is weaker. Before this morning's data, rates were at risk of coming out slightly higher compared to yesterday's latest offerings.
By holding flat, rates remain very close to the best levels seen in more than 8 months. This also keeps rates in a gentle downtrend over the past 3 months. Risk-tolerant clients are typically best-served by floating their rates while these trends remain intact. If rates break above the trend, it would serve as a cue to lock. Risk-averse clients are more interested in the fact that rates are near those 8-month lows, and should generally be locking....(read more)Forward this article via email:Send a copy of this story to someone you know that may want to read it.