Mortgage Rates Archive

The French Election & US Mortgage Rates

With a win by the socialist party in France’s presidential election, bond investors will be shifting money into U.S., U.K. and Germany.  That means lower mortgage rates, at least temporarily, for U.S. consumers. The 10-year borrowing rate for German...

Mortgage Rates

Each day the Research staff takes a look at recently released economic indicators, addressing what these indicators mean for REALTORS® and their clients. Today’s update discusses mortgage rates....

Higher Interest Rates Expected from End of Fed Bond Buying

Mortgage rates and other long-term interest rates are bound to rise measurably in the second half of this year, if not earlier.  The Federal Reserve has been aggressive in buying U.S. government bonds as part of Quantitative Easing and...

FHA Should Expand the Opportunity

The FHA made an important change to its refinance program Tuesday, March 6th.[1] The FHA lowered the  premiums on refinances for some homeowners who originally purchased with an FHA loan.  However, the FHA put certain limitations on this opportunity,...

The Impact of Rising Mortgage Rates

Mortgage rates will be starting to rise from this week on.  From the 3.9 to 4.0 percent average rate in the past five months on a 30-year fixed mortgage, the new rates will soon be in the range of...