Mortgage Rates Ease Slightly This Week
Freddie Mac article by Daily Real Estate News | March 30, 2018
The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell 1 basis point to an average 4.44 percent this week, Freddie Mac reports.
“Treasury yields fell from a week ago, helping to drive mortgage rates modestly lower,” explains Len Kiefer, Freddie Mac’s deputy chief economist. “The yield on the 10-year Treasury dipped below 2.8 percent for the first time since early February of this year. The decline in Treasury yields comes as investors move into safer assets amid increased trade tensions. Following Treasury yields, mortgage rates fell slightly.”
Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending March 29:
- 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 4.44 percent, with an average 0.5 point, dropping from last week’s 4.45 percent average. Last year at this time, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.14 percent.
- 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.90 percent, with an average 0.5 point, dropping from last week’s 3.91 percent average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 3.39 percent.
- 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 3.66 percent, with an average 0.4 point, dropping from last week’s 3.68 percent average. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 3.18 percent.
Source: Freddie Mac; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 033018