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by Trevor Sines

Mortgage rates rose slightly today, on average, but performances varied by lender and depending on the time of day.  Rates were higher across the board this morning as global bond markets added to yesterday’s weakness (weaker bond markets = higher rates, in general).  Investors were on edge ahead of Trump’s inauguration address as there was speculation that he’d offer more details on specific stimulus plans.  When those details never came, markets reacted accordingly.  Stocks moved lower and bond markets improved.  Several lenders were thus able to offer mid-day rate improvements.  This took the average to “just slightly higher” from “decidedly higher” earlier this morning.

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