If you’re just getting caught up, mortgage rates broke above 7% yesterday for the first time since 2002.  Read our coverage to learn more about why rate quotes are all over the board: Yes, Mortgage Rates Are Now Over 7%, But It’s Complicated. Today was an entirely different day.  In fact, rates dropped not only back below yesterday’s levels, but all the way back to the end of last week (Thursday afternoon-ish, depending on the lender).  This wasn’t necessarily the case earlier this morning, but almost every lender adjusted their rate offerings in the middle of the day–in many cases multiple times. Mortgage rates are based on bonds.  When bonds rally enough, mortgage lenders issue these “mid-day reprices.”   Why were bonds so happy?  Happy isn’t the right word for it.  “Relieved” would be more appropriate.  A fiscal policy announcement in the UK is at the heart of all of the drama over the past few days, and while that has not been retracted or changed, a MONETARY policy decision in the UK helped to sooth financial markets early this morning.   In short, the British government said things that spooked investors in a major way.  Then the British central bank announced an emergency bond buying operation to un-spook them.  British 10yr yields fell more than half a point in 40 minutes.  US bonds followed gingerly by comparison, just as they followed on the way up (US bond market movement has been less than half as abrupt as that of the UK).

Published On: September 28, 2022 / Categories: Mortgage News /