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Mortgage Rates Drop To 16-Month Low

Mortgage Rates Drop To 16-Month Low

As we expected, the average rate for a conforming 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dropped to its lowest point in over a year, down from 3.97 percent to 3.92 percent over the past week and versus 4.13 percent at the same time last year.  The current average rate is at its lowest point since the first week of Read More »

30-Year Mortgage Rate Under 4 Percent, Lowest In Over A Year

30-Year Mortgage Rate Under 4 Percent, Lowest In Over A Year

The average rate for a conforming 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has dropped from 4.12 percent to 3.97 over the past week, the first time it has been under 4 percent in over a year, and the lowest rate since June of 2013 when it averaged 3.93 percent.  And it’s a move which shouldn’t have caught any plugged-in Read More »

Prepare For Lowest Mortgage Rates In Over A Year

The index for the S&P 500 is currently trading at 1,845.99, down 1.7% for the day and back to even for the year, having dropped 9 percent over the past four weeks as worries about an economic slowdown in Asia and Europe – and a strengthening dollar – grow. Between a flight to safety and Read More »

Mortgage Rates Drop, Back Near 2014 Lows

The average rate for a conforming 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has dropped from 4.23 percent to 4.12 percent over the past three weeks and is back to within 2 basis points of its 2014 low (4.10 percent) and 11 basis points lower than at the same time last year, according to Freddie Mac’s latest mortgage market Read More »

Mortgage Rates Move Higher, Biggest Increase Of The Year

Mortgage Rates Move Higher, Biggest Increase Of The Year

The average rate for a conforming 30-year fixed-rate mortgage jumped from 4.12 to 4.23 percent over the past week, the highest rate since the beginning of May and the biggest one-week increase since the beginning of the year. Speculation that the Federal Reserve might start raising rates sooner than expected helped fuel the jump.  And while Read More »

Benchmark Mortgage Rate Drops To Ten-Month Low

Benchmark Mortgage Rate Drops To Ten-Month Low

The average rate for a conforming 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has ticked down to 4.10 percent, the lowest rate since October of 2013 when it last dipped to 4.10 percent for a week. Averaging around 6.7 percent over the past twenty years, the 30-year rate hit  a three-year high of 4.58 percent a year ago and an all-time Read More »

Fed Raises Possibility Of Raising Rates Sooner Than Anticipated

With indications of a rebound in economic activity in the second quarter and “sufficient underlying strength” to support ongoing improvement in the labor market, Federal Reserve officials have raised the possibility of removing stimulus “sooner than…currently anticipated” but have no immediate plans to ease their current “accommodative” stance and raise the federal funds rate to Read More »

30-Year Mortgage Rate Drops To 2014 Low

The average rate for a conforming 30-year mortgage ticked down to 4.12 percent over the past week, matching the 2014 low last recorded in May and the lowest rate since October of 2013 when it dipped to 4.10 percent. Averaging around 6.7 percent over the past twenty years, the 30-year rate hit a three-year high of 4.58 Read More »

Freddie Mac Lowers Mortgage Rate Forecast For 2014

Having forecast the average rate for 30-year fixed mortgages would begin rising in the second half of 2014 and end the year at “around 4.6 percent” as of two months ago, Freddie Mac lowered their forecast today and now expects the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate to end the year at at “around 4.4 percent.” Read More »

Mortgage Rates Holding, Remain Lower Year-Over-Year

The average rate for a conforming 30-year mortgage ticked up to 4.15 percent over the past week and remains 43 basis points below the three-year high rate of 4.58 percent recorded this past August, 36 basis points lower than at the same time last year when rates spiked following comments from the Fed. The 30-year fixed mortgage Read More »

Mortgage Rates Tick Down, Now Lower Than Last Year

The average rate for a conforming 30-year mortgage ticked down to 4.14 percent over the past week, 44 basis points below the three-year high rate of 4.58 percent recorded this past August and 32 basis points lower than at the same time last year when rates spiked following comments from the Fed. The 30-year fixed Read More »

Fed Cuts Stimulus But Intends To Keep Rates Low

Citing a rebound in economic activity while noting the housing sector remains slow (despite historically low interest rates and rising inventories), the Fed has announced another cut to its bond purchase program which was designed to keep longer-term interest rates low.  With the cut, the Fed is on track to end the stimulus program by Read More »

Mortgage Rates Tick Up For Second Week In A Row

The average rate for a conforming 30-year mortgage ticked back up to 4.20 percent over the past week and is within 38 basis points of the three-year high rate of 4.58 percent recorded this past August. Having averaged 6.67 percent since 1990, the average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage was 3.98 percent at this Read More »

Fixed Mortgage Rates Hit Seven Month Low, Likely Headed Up

Fixed Mortgage Rates Hit Seven Month Low, Likely Headed Up

The average rate for a conforming 30-year mortgage ticked down from 4.20 to 4.14 percent over the past week, the lowest rate in seven months and 44 basis points below the three-year high rate of 4.58 percent recorded this past August. Having averaged 6.67 percent since 1990, the average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage Read More »

The Fed Sees Signs Of Easier Mortgages Ahead

While mortgage credit conditions in the U.S. remain “generally tight,” and applications for purchase mortgages remain “tepid,” according to the Fed, signs of easing continue to emerge, including indications of “a net easing of banks’ credit standards for home-purchase loans to prime customers in the first quarter.” The Fed’s summary of the nation’s housing market, Read More »