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What a COVID-19 vaccine would mean for mortgage rates and the housing market

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When the coronavirus pandemic first reached U.S. shores
earlier this year, worries abounded about how it would affect the country’s
housing market.

Starting in March, home sales all but ground to a halt as Americans stayed at home to avoid getting sick. All the while, mortgage rates turned lower — and lower and lower. The nation saw the beginnings of a boom in refinancing activity, as homeowners welcomed the lowest interest rates on record.

A few months later, home-buying activity resumed with abandon. With low mortgage rates locked-in and a desire for more space amid the pandemic, Americans flooded the housing market in search of new homes. Even now in the fall, when home…



Source marketwatch.com

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