Mortgage rates moved lower again today, with the average lender erasing a good amount of the weakness seen last week. That’s good news considering rates hit all-time lows on the afternoon of June 1st (last Monday). After that, however, rates rose at their fastest pace in several months, raising some concern that the bond market (which underlies rates) was shifting gears in response to stronger-than-expected economic data.
It remains to be seen whether these past 2 days constitute a reversal in a negative trend or if they’re merely a token correction to last week’s rate spike. In other words, are things good or are they just noticeably less bad than they were? We won’t be able to answer this until we see how things play out in the coming days.
Tomorrow’s Fed announcement is the biggest potential flashpoint for volatility in the bond market this week. The Fed will certainly continue to buy Treasuries and mortgage-backed bonds. This is a key ingredient in keeping rates as low as they have been. Within the scope of “still buying bonds,” the Fed has some leeway in terms of how much it buys and how much it promises to buy. Some investors are looking for the Fed to firm up its bond buying commitment tomorrow, and that would likely help rates continue to calm down (as long as the promise is to keep buying as much as they have been).
Loan Originator Perspective
A big move back into the range for both treasuries and MBS today. Days like today make people want to wait to see if rates improve further. Chances are rates have room to go lower, but what tomorrow brings is anyone’s guess. The recommendation is to lock in as early in the loan process as possible, as long as you have a clear Closing date in place. –Gus Floropoulos, VP, The Federal Savings Bank
Bonds opened stronger, near their best levels ever this AM, before fading slightly following a weak treasury auction. Today’s rates are at (or almost at) all time lows. If you have the ability to lock at these levels, why not do so? –Ted Rood, Senior Originator, Bayshore Mortgage
Seems bonds have tested the top end of range and have rallied nicely over the last couple days. Based on my advice, my clients are taking advantage of today’s improved rate sheets and locking in. – Victor Burek, Churchill Mortgage