April 19, 2018

Mortgage Rates Retreat for 4th Week

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Mortgage Rates Retreat for 4th Week

Mortgage rates continue to fall, with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage now averaging well below 4 percent.

"The yield on the 10-year Treasury stabilized around 2 percent this week, and the 30-year mortgage rate dipped 2 basis points to 3.79 percent,” says Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “The recent market turmoil has given the Fed pause. As was universally expected, the Fed stood pat this week but kept its options open for a rate increase in March. … A hesitant Fed, sub-4-percent mortgage rates, at least for a little while longer, and strong housing fundamentals should generate a three percent increase in home sales this year."

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending Jan. 28:

Source: Freddie Mac