Home Loan Interest Rates Still on a Downward Trend

Mortgage rates continue to defy forecasts, as the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage falls even lower this week. This marks the second consecutive week where mortgages declined.

“Long-term Treasury yields continue to drop, dragging mortgage rates down with them,” says Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “Turbulence in overseas financial markets is generating a flight-to-quality which benefits U.S. Treasury securities. In addition, sagging oil prices are capping inflation expectations. The net effect on the 30-year mortgage rate was a 5 basis point drop to 3.92 percent.”

Freddie Mac reports the following mortgage rates for the week ending Jan. 14:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.92 percent, with an average 0.6 point, dropping from last week’s 3.97 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 3.66 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.19 percent, with an average 0.5 point, falling from 3.26 percent the prior week. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 2.98 percent.

Source: Freddie Mac