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Mortgage Rates Generally Unchanged, Which is Great News All Things Considered

This morning’s weekly survey data from the Mortgage Bankers Association showed a nice increase in refinance applications offset by a smaller decrease in purchase applications.  It also showed mortgage rates falling to a new all-time low last week.  Don’t worry, rates didn’t really hit an all-time low last week, nor are they at an all-time low today.  Are they close?  Perhaps for purchase mortgages at certain lenders, but even then, early August was unequivocally better.  Apples to apples (same lender, same loan type), rates were anywhere from .125-.375% lower 2 months ago.  
Why am I telling you something different than the MBA?  They’re relying on weekly survey-based data that includes plenty of purchase mortgage rates while I’m looking at rates from multiple lenders every day, weighting for volume and loan type.  In short, these sorts of discrepancies happen given the different methodologies.  The weekly surveys do a decent job of providing general rate momentum, but my data will give you a better idea of when an all-time low actually occurred and how far away we currently are….(read more)Forward this article via email:  Send a copy of this story to someone you know that may want to read it.
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