NEW YORK, NY - Mortgage rates hit another record low this week, with the average rate on the benchmark conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rate retreating to 4.42 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. The average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.35 discount and origination points. The average 15-year fixed mortgage slipped to 3.82 percent, and the larger jumbo 30-year fixed rate dipped to 5.08 percent, both record lows. Adjustable rate mortgages hit new lows also, with the average 5-year ARM declining to 3.6 percent and the average 7-year ARM inching down to 3.85 percent.
Mortgage rates moved slightly lower this week, but it was enough to set yet another record low for fixed rate mortgages and for many adjustable rate loans also. While the Federal Reserve is poised to resume a bond purchase program designed to push interest rates lower, don't assume this will automatically translate into lower mortgage rates. Why? Such an announcement is widely expected and much of its intended impact may already be reflected in government bond yields and mortgage rates. Mortgage rates are closely related to yields on long-term government debt. Also, the ongoing foreclosure controversy is sure to raise both the cost and the amount of time involved in foreclosure, factors that could ultimately be passed along to future borrowers through higher mortgage rates.
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 4.42 percent, the monthly payment for the same size loan would be $1,003.89, a savings of almost $238 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. Half of the panelists, 50 percent, say mortgage rates aren't headed much of anywhere and will remain more or less unchanged. One-third of respondents, 33 percent, expect mortgage rates to move higher while the remaining 17 percent predict further declines over the next week.
For the full mortgage Rate Trend Index, go to: www.bankrate.com/RTI
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