Mortgage experts say rates are going to go up this week

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Bankrate’s weekly mortgage rate trend index is almost never unanimous, but this week’s edition may be as close as it gets. Nearly all of the respondents said they expect rates to rise next week, with just one lone dissenter in the mix of 12.

“The excellent news about the COVID-19 gives optimism toward economic normalcy. Rates are headed higher this week,” said Jeff Lazerson, president at MortgageGrader.

“Up, for sure,” said Mitch Ohlbaum, a mortgage banker at Macoy Capital Partners in Los Angeles, California. “The 10 year Treasury jumped to .979 percent, which is still very low but we have not seen anything close to this since March 19 when we hit 1.15 percent. There is no telling where rates will go for the rest of the year but all markets certainly got an optimism bump from the election (the market loves certainty) and from the news that it is very likely that we will see a vaccination early in 2021.”

These responses mirrored the broader industry perspective that rates were likely to rise in the immediate aftermath of the election. And while it’s unclear what the medium-term outlook is, it’s unlikely that mortgage interest will stay historically low forever.

That said, borrowers shouldn’t worry about missing out on low rates any time soon.

“Rates have bumped up due to the ‘glass half full’ outlook on a vaccine and the economy, but – and this is worth emphasizing – rates are still really, really low,” said Greg McBride, Bankrate’s chief financial analyst. “No need to freak out, thinking you’ve missed the refinancing window. You haven’t.”

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Written by
Zach Wichter
Mortgage reporter
Zach Wichter is a mortgage reporter at Bankrate. He previously worked on the Business desk at The New York Times where he won a Loeb Award for breaking news, and covered aviation for The Points Guy.
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