Mortgage rates have steadily risen since the beginning of the year as signs showed the U.S. economy was growing, and the global economy had stabilized. A big part of the renewed optimism was the view that Europe was on the mend, and through selective austerity, the European Union would hold together and the status quo would survive. Well, what goes up comes back down, old is new again and Europe is back in the headlines. The focus now is Italy, and the election results last week showed that it may be a while before they find a true solution to the European economic crisis. In an upset of expectations, the biggest winner in the election was a comedian leading an anti-establishment party. The right and left wings split, and in Italy¬ís parliamentary system, it looks doubtful that anyone will be able to make alliances to form a working government. This…

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