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Rates dip as prices hold

January 14th, 2011

When mortgage rates jumped in early November, and continued to climb through December, inflation concerns were the primary factor. This week's economic news that impacts mortgage rates included price data...  Read More

Mortgage rates improve as job growth stays weak

January 07th, 2011
The first week of 2011 is in the books and mortgage rates improve with 51 weeks to go. Economic news impacting mortgage rates and housing markets was fairly focused on...  Read More

2010 ends with mortgage and housing markets slumping

December 31st, 2010

2010 was a year of ups and then downs for the real estate and mortgage industries. As 2011 begins the uncertainty of a year ago regarding where mortgage rates and...  Read More

Big news: mortgage rates halt increase

December 24th, 2010

After over a month of continually rising rates that pushed mortgage rates to six month highs, new home loans and refinance mortgage applicants saw slightly lower rates this past week....  Read More

Mortgage applications drop as rates jump

December 17th, 2010
Concerned about higher deficits and more government spending bond investors continued selling this week, pushing rates higher. Following the political action as the 111th Congress comes to an end, markets...  Read More

Mortgage rates jump on politics, not economics

December 11th, 2010
Weekly summaries of economic data and their interpretations can assist you with your mortgage decisions using mortgage calculators. What impacts mortgage rates when there is little economic news? This week...  Read More

Refinance mortgage applications plunge on rising mortgage rates

December 03rd, 2010
Economic news appears to have taken a back seat to investor foreshadowing. News that should bring lower rates instead sees rates climb. Refinance calculators should be getting a workout as...  Read More

Purchase mortgage applications rise on increased consumer confidence

November 26th, 2010
While Americans gave thanks and took a national holiday on Thursday the economy did not stop. Economies never stop. Mixed reports had an impact on mortgage rates this week. Mortgage...  Read More