NEW YORK, NY - Mortgage rates declined this week, with the average conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rate tying a record low of 4.74 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. The average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.39 discount and origination points. The average 15-year fixed mortgage fell to 4.18 percent, and the larger jumbo 30-year fixed rate dropped to 5.43 percent, both record lows. Adjustable rate mortgages were in on the act also, with the average 5-year ARM retreating to 4.06 percent and the average 7-year ARM sinking to 4.36 percent.
Mortgage rates reversed last week's uptick, with the upbeat feeling about corporate earnings quickly giving way to the glass-half-empty outlook that has been so prevalent. Mortgage rates are closely related to yields on long-term government debt, into which investors go stampeding in times of economic uncertainty. This lingering uncertainty about whether the economy gets better or worse from here will help keep rates at ultra-low levels, a boon to homebuyers and refinancers alike.
The last time mortgage rates were above 6 percent was Nov. 2008. At that time, the average rate was 6.33 percent, meaning a $200,000 loan would have carried a monthly payment of $1,241.86. With the average rate now 4.74 percent, the monthly payment for the same size loan would be $1,042.09, a savings of approximately $200 per month for a homeowner refinancing now.
Bankrate's national weekly mortgage survey is conducted each Wednesday from data provided by the top 10 banks and thrifts in the top 10 markets.
For a full analysis of this week's move in mortgage rates, go to: www.bankrate.com.
The survey is complemented by Bankrate's weekly Rate Trend Index, in which a panel of mortgage experts predicts which way the rates are headed over the next seven days. According to the panelists mortgage rates aren't headed anywhere, with 67 percent forecasting that mortgage rates will remain more or less unchanged. Just 22 percent expect mortgage rates to rise and only 11 percent predict mortgage rates will fall in the next week.
For the full mortgage Rate Trend Index, go to: www.bankrate.com/RTI
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