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Mortgage Rates Open Flat on a Short Trading Week

November 22, 2010

Are you currently in the process of buying a home or refinancing in Chicago or vicinity? Trying to decide when to lock can be a stressful and difficult decision. In my job as a mortgage lender, I watch the markets daily to keep my clients abreast of changes to assist them in securing the best mortgage rate possible. Please see my recommendations below.

Short-term – At any point less than 15 days, I would LOCK. More than 15 days, I would recommend LOCKING unless your risk tolerance permits calmness in the face of severe volatility. In this case, I would FLOAT and LOCK an ANY gains.

Long-term – FLOAT, but look to LOCK on any gains.

The week ahead for economic data that can affect mortgage interest rates

Monday

  • $25 Billion 2-Year Treasury Auction

Tuesday

  • October Existing Home Sales
  • $35 Billion 5-year Treasury Auction
  • 11/3 FOMC Meeting Minutes

Wednesday

  • October Personal Income and Spending Report
  • October Durable Good Report
  • Weekly Jobless Claims
  • University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index
  • October New Home Sales
  • $25 Billion 7-year Treasury Auction
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