Posted To: Mortgage Rate WatchMortgage rates rose again today–this time more noticeably than yesterday–bringing them to the highest levels in more than 2 weeks. For most, however, that sounds a lot worse than it actually is. In fact, the interest rate at the top of a loan quote has a good chance of being the exact same as the any other time during the past 2 weeks. How does that work?! The catch is that the “note rate” (the one that is applied to the principal balance to determine monthly payments–the only rate most people talk or care about, generally) is only part of the equation. There are also upfront costs associated with any given rate. Those costs allow for finer adjustments. Those adjustments technically affect the “effective rate.” So while the interest rate might be unchanged in many cases, the cost of the…(read more)Forward this article via email: Send a copy of this story to someone you know that may want to read it.