Lower Mortgage Rates May Sprout Early Spring Buying Season
February 22, 2019
Mortgage rates inched lower for the third consecutive week. Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sam Khater says the lower rates bode well for the spring home buying season, typically the busiest time of the year for home shopping.
“Mortgage rates … [are] continuing the general downward trend that began late last year,” Khater says. “Wages are growing on par with home prices for the first time in years, and with more inventory available, spring home sales should help the market begin to recover from the malaise of the last few months.” The National Association of REALTORS® reported this week that more houses were on the market in January, rising to 1.59 million nationwide and at a 3.9-month supply at the current sales pace.
Freddie Mac reports the following national averages for mortgage rates for the week ending Feb. 21:
- 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 4.35 percent ,with an average 0.5 point, dropping from last week’s 4.37 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 4.40 percent.
- 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.78 percent, with an average 0.4 point, falling from last week’s 3.81 percent average. A year ago at this time, 15-year rates averaged 3.85 percent.
- 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 3.84 percent, with an average 0.3 point, falling from last week’s 3.88 percent average. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 3.65 percent.
Updated: January 23, 2020