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Posted 04/21/2017

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Today’s Mortgage Rates Analysis

April 21, 2017: Mortgage markets changing today's mortgage rates

What's Impacting Today's Rates?

Today's mortgage rates are lower.

This morning, March existing home sales increased 2% from February to an annual rate of 5.71M, above the consensus of 5.60M, and the highest level since February 2007. Existing home sales were 6% higher than a year ago. Total inventory of existing homes available for sale rose 6% to a 3.8-month supply, but it was 7% lower than a year ago. The median existing-home price was 7% higher than a year ago. Properties typically stayed on the market for 34 days, down from 45 days in February.

Looking ahead, Sunday's French election is likely to influence U.S. markets on Monday. After that, New Home Sales will be released on Tuesday. Durable Orders and Pending Home Sales will come out on Thursday. The first reading for first quarter GDP, the broadest measure of economic activity, will be released on Friday. In addition, the next European Central Bank meeting will take place on Thursday.

As a mortgage rate shopper, it's important to know when today's rates are changing. This is because, when mortgage rates change, mortgage lenders will not honor rate quotes which have not been previously "locked".

To lock today's mortgage rates, then, be sure to commit with your lender before current rates begin to move. Whether you're trying to lock a purchase or a refinance loan, the market waits for no one.

Click to see today's rates (Apr 24th, 2017)

Today's Mortgage Rates Analysis

Today's mortgage rate analysis is based on live mortgage-backed securities (MBS) pricing provided by MBSQuoteline, a real-time mortgage market data service available to loan officers, real estate agents, and other finance professionals.

The MBS data supplied by MBSQuoteline is the same market data used to formulate current mortgage rates by the nation's mortgage lenders.

The chart at top depicts today's Fannie Mae mortgage bond pricing. Fannie Mae bonds are linked to conventional mortgage rates which include mortgage rates for programs such as the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP 2.0), the 3-percent down Conventional 97 loan, the HomePath mortgage program, and others.

MBS prices are inversely related to today's mortgage rates. When bond prices rise, mortgage rates sink. In general, a twenty-five basis point change in MBS pricing -- up or down -- leads to a 0.125 percentage point change in mortgage rates.

Note that the chart above does not depict the path of today's Ginnie Mae mortgage bonds, although Ginnie Mae bonds and Fannie Mae bonds tend to move in similar directions.

Ginnie Mae bonds correlate to today's mortgage rates for FHA loans, such as the FHA Streamline Refinance, which are insured by the Federal Housing Administration; VA loans guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs; and USDA loans guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

What Are The Current Mortgage Rates?

Mortgage rates change all day, every day. The mortgage rates you get from your bank "now" won't be the same rates you get from your bank in an hour. Be smart when you shop. Compare multiple lenders and get your best deal.

Get today's real-time mortgage rates now. Your social security number is not required to get started, and all quotes come with instant access to your live credit scores.

Click to see today's rates (Apr 24th, 2017)

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