Mortgage Rates Drop, Near 2013 Lows
For the first time in four weeks, average fixed mortgage rates moved lower, according to Freddie Mac's weekly mortgage market survey. Rates remain near May 2013 lows. The lower rates are attributed to a revision down of real GDP growth and the decline in consumer prices, said Freddie Mac's deputy chief economist Len Kiefer.
Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending Feb. 26:
- 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.75 percent with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.80 percent. A year ago, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.28 percent.
- 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.03 percent with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.07 percent. A year ago, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.32 percent.
- 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 2.96 percent this week with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.99 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.03 percent.
- 1-year Treasury-indexed adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 2.44 percent this week with an average 0.4 point, unchanged from last week. A year ago, the 1-year ARM averaged 2.52 percent.
Source: Freddie Mac