Rates have dipped back down slightly this week, continuing at a quarter lesser than the beginning of 2014. If you are considering purchasing, whether it be your first home or a move, now is a good time. Experts state that they cannot guarantee when rates will rise again, but it is only a matter of time.
Mortgage rates are falling, despite the cuts to the Federal Reserve’s monthly bond purchases that were expected to send long-term rates higher. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, the most popular choice among home buyers, averaged 4.19 percent this week, down from a 4.53 percent average at the start of the year, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey.
Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending Oct. 2:
- 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 4.19 percent, with an average 0.4 point, dropping from last week’s 4.20 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 4.22 percent.
- 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.36 percent, with an average 0.5 point, holding the same average as last week. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 3.29 percent.
- 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 3.06 percent, with an average 0.5 point, dropping from last week’s 3.08 percent average. Last year at this time, 5-year ARMs averaged 3.05 percent.
- 1-year ARMs: averaged 2.42 percent, with an average 0.4 point, dropping from last week’s 2.43 percent average. A year ago, 1-year ARMs averaged 2.64 percent.