Mortgage Rates Reverse, Head Lower This Week

Mortgage rates moved lower this week, in time for the spring home buying season, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey. After rising last week, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage reversed course and inched down. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage — the most popular — has remained below 4 percent for a year.

“Low and stable inflation is placing downward pressure on fixed mortgage rates,” says Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac’s chief economist.

Here’s a closer look at mortgage rate averages for the week ending March 21:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.54 percent, with an average 0.8 point, dropping from last week’s 3.63 percent average. A year ago at this time, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.08 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 2.72 percent, with an average 0.7 point, dropping from last week’s 2.79 percent average. Last year at this time, 15-year rates averaged 3.30 percent.
  • 5-year adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 2.61 percent, with an average 0.6 point, holding the same as last week. Last year at this time, 5-year ARMs averaged 2.96 percent.

Source: Freddie Mac

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