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Mortgage rates today, September 11, 2018, plus lock recommendations

Financial data affecting today’s mortgage rates

Financial markets overall are decidedly unfavorable for mortgage rates this morning. I’d consider locking if I was in danger of losing a loan approval in the event of an increase.

Major stock indexes  opened slightly higher (slightly bad for mortgage rates) Gold prices  dropped again, this time by $5 to $1,197 an ounce. (That is bad news 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  are pushing toward $69 a barrel ($1 higher and bad for today’s mortgage rates because energy prices play a large role in creating inflation) The yield on ten-year Treasuries  continued its trend by rising 3 more basis points (3/100th on 1 percent) to  2.97 percent.

Better Mortgage announces 3-state expansion

“At Better, we want to make homeownership an option for every American – it’s at the core of what we do,” Better co-founder and CEO Vishal Garg said. “One small piece standing in our way is being licensed in every state. This move gets us one step further. We'll offer our customers in these states a 21st century home financing experience that’s proven to be much simpler and much more affordable.”

“We’ve taken great care to study the issues facing the average homebuyer, from rising mortgage rates to tight housing inventory, in order to improve our services and tailor them to the specific needs of every market within each state that we operate,” said Eric Wilson, head of lending innovation and operations at Better. “We are excited to offer residents of Iowa, Mississippi, and South Dakota the tools they’ll need to achieve their homeownership dreams.”

After launching in January 2016, the company has grown steadily and now offers lending services in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington.

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.