NEW YORK, NY - Fixed mortgage rates retreated after some lukewarm economic reports, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate pulling back to 3.73 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. The average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.3 discount and origination points.
The average 15-year fixed mortgage rate dipped to 2.95 percent, while the larger jumbo 30-year fixed mortgage fell to 4.07 percent. Adjustable rate mortgages were mixed, with the 3-year ARM and 5-year ARM inching higher to 2.98 percent and 2.72 percent, respectively. The 10-year ARM slipped to 3.26 percent, the lowest since late February.
Following the events in Cyprus and now some uninspiring economic data here in the U.S., mortgage rates have pulled back for three consecutive weeks to the lowest levels in a month. But jobs are the next likely catalyst for mortgage rates, as the monthly jobs report supplants all other economic data in taking the temperature of the economy, particularly with the Fed specifically citing the unemployment rate as a key marker in their monetary policy.
The last time mortgage rates were above 5 percent was Apr. 2011. At the time, the average 30-year fixed rate was 5.07 percent, meaning a $200,000 loan would have carried a monthly payment of $1,082.22. With the average rate currently at 3.73 percent, the monthly payment for the same size loan would be $923.96, a difference of $158 per month for anyone refinancing now.
30-year fixed: 3.73% -- down from 3.75% last week (avg. points: 0.30)
15-year fixed: 2.95% -- down from 2.97% last week (avg. points: 0.30)
5/1 ARM: 2.72% -- up from 2.71% last week (avg. points: 0.24)
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. Nearly half of the panelists – 46 percent – expect mortgage rates to fall further while 36 percent predict mortgage rates will remain more or less unchanged. Just 18 percent forecast an increase in mortgage rates over the next seven days.