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September 1, 2014

Mortgage Rates Move Lower Than Last Year

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Mortgage Rates Move Lower Than Last Year

Borrowing costs from mortgage rates were cheaper this week than at the same time last year, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey.

Infographic:

Low Mortgage Rates Making Big Difference

A year ago at this time, the Federal Reserve had announced a tapering of its monthly mortgage bond-buying program, which had spurred market anticipation that the Fed would be rising its mortgage rates soon. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage had then jumped to a 4.46 percent average. This week, rates averaged 4.14 percent.

Here’s an overview of the national averages for mortgage rates for the week ending June 26:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 4.14 percent, with an average 0.5 point, dropping from last week’s 4.17 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 4.46 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.22 percent, with an average 0.5 point, dropping from last week’s 3.30 percent average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 3.50 percent.
  • 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 2.98 percent, with an average 0.3 point, dropping from a 3 percent average. Last year at this time, 5-year ARMs averaged 3.08 percent.
  • 1-year ARMs: averaged 2.40 percent, with an average 0.4 point, dropping from last week’s 2.41 percent average. Last year at this time, 1-year ARMs averaged 2.66 percent.

Source: Freddie Mac