I hope you had a good weekend!
Last week the US Federal Reserve spoke and kept interest rates unchanged. Since then, interest rates on US government bonds have fallen across the curve.
Mortgage rates have also fallen providing an added benefit for homeowners or buyers. Some may say this is stimulative to the US consumer.
During this week alone, mortgage applications jumped nearly 9% and refinancing activities surged to over 12%.
This comes as no surprise as the 30yr fixed-rate mortgage is almost 0.7% lower than its peak in November.
See you next week!
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Mortgage application and refinancing volume was in reference to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s weekly survey by Adam DeSanctis. The statistic regarding the 30yr fixed-rate mortgage and the statement about other mortgage rates having fallen was in reference to the same survey. This type of mortgage activity being stimulative to the US consumer and providing an added benefit to homeowners or buyers was a statement of opinion. This is not a recommendation to refinance or purchase a home.