- 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 4.46 percent, with an average 0.5 point, rising from last week’s 4.45 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 4.22 percent.
- 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.89 percent, with an average 0.4 point, increasing from last week’s 3.88 percent average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 3.68 percent.
- 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 3.96 percent, with an average 0.3 point, rising from last week’s 3.90 percent average. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.53 percent.
Friday, February 1, 2019
Mortgage Rates Inch Up, But Don’t Be Worried, #TimeToBuy
Mortgage Rates Inch Up, But Don’t Be Worried, #TimeToBu: Mortgage Rates Inch Up, But Don’t Be Worried, #TimeToBuy #ChrisBJohnsonRealtor,The Federal Reserve voted to leave interest rates unchanged Wednesday and BY CHRIS B JOHNSON
The Federal Reserve voted to leave interest rates unchanged Wednesday and signaled that it’s not in any hurry to resume raising rates in 2019. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell used words like “patient” to describe the Fed’s latest approach to increases. His change in tone follows four rate hikes last year. The Fed’s benchmark rate is not directly tied to mortgage rates but does often influence them.
After weeks of moderating, mortgage rates moved up slightly this week. But aspiring home buyers may be able to breathe a sigh of relief: Freddie Mac economists revised their forecasts this week to predict 30-year fixed-rate mortgages to average below the 5 percent threshold for at least the next two years.
That will bode well for the housing market, which has become very rate sensitive. With mortgage rates slightly up this week, purchase applications for mortgages fell this week after soaring early this year, notes Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist.
“However, softening house price appreciation along with increasing inventory of homes on the market—and historically low mortgage rates—should give a boost to the spring homebuying season,” Khater says.