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How are mortgage interest rates determined?

Mortgage rates are determined by the Wall Street Prime rates. When the economic outlook is good, rates tend to increase, and rates fall when it’s not so great. It seems somewhat backward, but here’s the reasoning: When the economy is doing well, borrowers can afford more. This affects the market for mortgages, which results in slightly rising rates. Conversely, when the economy declines and unemployment rates increase, interest rates fall to make it more affordable for borrowers to take out loans. For our most current mortgage rates, visit our Rates page.