Weekly Mortgage News Roundup for Jan. 8, 2021

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Rates stayed low, but there's still plenty of news to know about mortgage rates this week.

As the first week of a new year draws to a close, the good news is that mortgage rates stayed relatively stable near record lows.

While rates haven't changed much, that doesn't mean there's nothing going on in the world of mortgages and home buying. In fact, there's plenty of news you need to know if you're shopping for a new house or considering refinancing your current mortgage. Here are some of last week's top stories for the week ending Jan. 8.

Home prices have been driven up by limited supply and high demand as would-be buyers seek to take advantage of record-low mortgage rates. But with mortgage applications for new home purchases falling at the end of 2020, is it possible demand is starting to decline as borrowers grow weary of inflated prices?

Although rates will probably stay low this year, lenders will likely continue to impose strict qualifying requirements that limit the number of people who can take advantage of them. Inventory may also stay low, at least as the year begins.

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Whether you're shopping for a new home in 2021, are thinking about refinancing an existing home loan, or are simply interested in the housing market, be sure to check out The Ascent's mortgage coverage each week. We're busy gathering your top mortgage stories so you can stay informed.

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