Economy Slumps Lead to Disappointing Mortgage Rates

By Bankrate.com, Special for  USDR

Mortgage rates reversed course following a less-than-stellar report on economic growth, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropping to 3.56 percent, according to Bankrate.com’s weekly national survey. The 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.27 discount and origination  points.

The larger jumbo 30-year fixed established a new record low, falling to 3.62 percent, and remains higher than the average conforming rate for the sixth week in a row and just the ninth time in the past year. The average 15-year fixed mortgage rate set a new three-year low, sliding to 2.83 percent. Adjustable mortgage rates were lower as well, with the 5-year ARM dropping to 3.01 percent and the 7-year ARM inching lower to 3.25  percent.

Mortgage rates fell to the second lowest level of the year following the lackluster report of economic growth throughout the first half of 2016. Gross Domestic Product, the broadest measure of economic output, increased at an annualized pace of just 1.2 percent in the second quarter – about half of the expected pace of growth – while the first quarter result was revised lower to just 0.8 percent. While reports on consumer spending and manufacturing have painted a better picture, markets reacted to the headline du jour. But up next is the monthly employment report which typically garners more headlines than any other economic report all month long, so further mortgage rate volatility could be in the  offing.

This time last year the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 4.10 percent, which carried a monthly payment of $966.40 on a$200,000 loan. At the current average rate of 3.56 percent, the monthly payment for the same size loan is $904.80, resulting in savings of $61 per month for a homeowner refinancing  now.

SURVEY  RESULTS

30-year fixed: 3.56% — down from 3.63% last week (avg. points:  0.27)

15-year fixed: 2.83% — down from 2.89% last week (avg. points:  0.22)

5/1 ARM: 3.01% — down from 3.08% last week (avg. points:  0.27)

Bankrate’s national weekly mortgage survey is conducted each Wednesday from data provided by the top 10 banks and thrifts in 10 top  markets.

For a full analysis of this week’s move in mortgage rates, go  to

http://www.bankrate.com/finance/mortgages/mortgage-analysis-080416.aspx

The survey is complemented by Bankrate’s weekly Rate Trend Index, in which a panel of mortgage experts predicts which way the rates are headed over the next seven days. Just over half of the panelists – 54 percent – expect mortgage rates to remain more or less unchanged over the next week, while 38 percent forecast an increase. Just 8 percent predict further declines in mortgage rates over the next seven  days.

About  Bankrate.com

Bankrate.com provides consumers with the expert advice and tools needed to succeed throughout life’s financial journey. For over two decades, Bankrate.com has been a leading personal finance destination.  The company offers award-winning editorial content, competitive rate information, and calculators and tools across multiple categories, including mortgages, deposits, credit cards, retirement, automobile loans, and taxes. Bankrate aggregates rate information from over 4,800 institutions on more than 300 financial products. With coverage of over 600 local markets, Bankrate generates rate tables in all 50 U.S. states. Bankrate develops and provides web services to more than 100 cobranded websites with online partners, including some of the most trusted and frequently visited personal finance sites on the internet, such as Comcast, Yahoo!, CNBC and Bloomberg.  In addition, Bankrate licenses editorial content to more than 500 newspapers on a daily basis including The Wall Street Journal,USA Today, The New York Times and The Los Angeles  Times.

SOURCE  Bankrate.com

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