Mortgage Rates Back Near 2016 Lows
The Fed’s decision to stand pat followed by a week of assorted unsettling news drove Treasury yields lower. As a consequence, the 30-year mortgage rate drifted down to 3.61 percent, just 3 basis points above the low for the year. Since the start of February, mortgage rates have varied within a narrow range providing an extended period for house hunters to take advantage of historically low rates.
- 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.61 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending May 5, 2016, down from last week when it averaged 3.66 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.80 percent.
- 15-year FRM this week averaged 2.86 percent with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.89 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.02 percent.
- 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.80 percent this week with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.86 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.90 percent.
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