Rate Locks Up 30%, But Consumer Fears on Stocks May Hurt Mortgage Business

When the stock market tanks – as it did Monday when the Dow dropped 635 points – it usually translates in the yield on the 10-year Treasury falling, which is exactly what happened. But this time around the decline resulted in the benchmark bond falling to a new all time low – 2.33%, which means mortgage bankers may be in for a boatload of refinancings.