Mortgage rates were mixed today, depending on the lender. Those who raised rates yesterday afternoon were more likely to show small day-over-day improvements today. But for the average lender, rates edged just slightly higher, bringing them to the highest levels of 2016 (matching the rates seen on January 4th and 5th). Bond markets improved today, which typically allows lenders to offer lower rates, but lenders are understandably hesitant to pass along market gains without seeing some more stability.
One week ago, the most prevalent conventional 30yr fixed rate was 3.625% for top tier scenarios. That makes this one of the worst weeks for mortgage rates on record. Today was more of an afterthought compared to the past three business days.
As is always the case, there’s never any way to be sure what the future holds when we’re dealing with financial markets. Although past precedent suggests a good possibility of a bounce back, there are examples of similar movement where rates didn’t make it back below the levels seen on the 4th day of the move (which is today in the present example) for an entire year! That alone is a big enough risk to dissuade all but the most aggressive risk-takers from trying to time the top of the rate market for now. If we see a more substantial push back toward lower rates, it will go a long way toward easing fears that we’re repeating the scarier examples of past rate spikes.
|Wilson Bank & Trust||4.020%|
|Pinnacle National Bank||3.521%|
|First South Bank||4.019%|
* The above mortgage loan information is provided to, or obtained by, Bankrate. The rate is based on 30 year fixed rate mortgage and a loan of $300,000. Rates change often and your personal rate may differ from the above number based on your qualifications. To see more rates from Bankrate, click here.