30 Year Mortgage Rates 1982-2008

08/21/08 01:55PM EDT
Below, my colleague, Andrew Barber, put together a chart that overlays the long term chart of fixed mortgage rates with its spread to 10 year Treasury yields.

This morning the 30 year fixed mortgage rate hit a new short term high of 6.37%. As access to capital continues to tighten, these rates can go a lot higher. Historical context makes this point crystal clear.

Don’t forget that over 70% of new home loans in this country are either bought or guaranteed by US government sponsored issuers.
KM
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