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Mortgage rates today, December 28, 2018, plus lock recommendations | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy

Financial data affecting today’s mortgage rates

Most major numbers reversed their courses and point to falling rates.

Major stock indexes  are up slightly (good for mortgage rates) Gold prices increased again (this time by $3 to $1,281 an ounce. (This is good for mortgage rates. In general, it’s better for rates when gold rises, and worse when gold falls. Gold tends to rise when investors worry about the economy. And worried investors tend to push rates lower) Oil prices fell $1 to$45 a barrel (good for rates because energy prices play a large role in creating inflation) The yield on ten-year Treasuries  edged up one basis point (1/100th of 1 percent) to 2.76 percent.

Housing “diet” means better home buying conditions come spring, expert says | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy

Slow growth means super spring

Home price growth recently slowed to its lowest rate since January 2017 — but according to one expert, it doesn’t mean the market’s bottoming out. In fact, it may even indicate prime home buying conditions come spring.

Verify your new rate (Dec 29th, 2018) Price growth on the decline

The most recent S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price Index shows home prices jumped just 5.5 percent in October. That’s the seventh month in a row price growth has waned and its lowest rate in nearly two years.

Home price growth also declined in 10 of the nation’s top 20 metro areas.

Growth was particularly slow in places like Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago, San Diego and Dallas. All five cities saw prices increased less than 4 percent for the month.

Verify your new rate (Dec 29th, 2018) Healthier home buying conditions

According to Ralph B. McLaughlin, deputy chief economist and executive of research and insights for CoreLogic, the stats — coupled with declining mortgage rates and increasing construction — simply indicate the market is  “cooling.”

Is a mortgage broker or a financial advisor better when you want help getting a good mortgage deal?

We know how much we want and know we can afford it, we just want to go over the options and get a good deal, but I don't know who would have more options, be more honest, etc. We are in the UK.

The difference between a mortgage adviser and a financial adviser is the qualifications they hold.