Mortgage Rates Are Easing
December 7, 2018
Home buyers may be finding a window of opportunity to lock in lower rates. Mortgage rates fell this week, after several weeks of moderating, Freddie Mac reports.
“Mortgage rates declined this week amid a steep sell-off in U.S. stocks,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “This week’s rate reaction to the volatile stock market is a welcome relief to prospective home buyers who have recently experienced rising rates and rising home prices.”
Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending Dec. 6:
- 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 4.75 percent, with an average 0.5 point, down from last week’s 4.81 percent average. Last year at his time, 30-year rates averaged 3.94 percent.
- 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 4.21 percent, with an average 0.4 point, falling from last week’s 4.25 percent average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 3.36 percent.
- 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 4.07 percent, with an average 0.3 point, a decrease from last week’s 4.12 percent average. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 3.36 percent.
Updated: May 18, 2019