Mortgage Rates ‘Fall Back’ to 6-Week Lows

For the second consecutive week, fixed-mortgage rates eased, offering home buyers a slight bump in affordability in the midst of the spring home-buying season, Freddie Mac announced in its weekly mortgage market report.

“Mortgage rates continued to ease this week as housing starts rose 2.8 percent in March but not as much as expected,” Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac’s chief economist, says. “Also, permits fell 2.4 percent in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 990,000, which followed a slight downward revision of 4,000 permits in February.”

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages for the week ending April 17:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 4.27 percent, with an average 0.7 point, dropping from last week’s 4.34 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 3.41 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.33 percent, with an average 0.6 point, dropping from last week’s 3.38 percent average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 2.64 percent.
  • 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 3.03 percent, with an average 0.5 point, dropping from last week’s 3.09 percent average. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 2.60 percent.

Source: Freddie Mac