And Mortgage Rates Continue to Plummet

By, Special for  USDR

Mortgage rates slipped lower this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate sliding to 3.75 percent, according to’s weekly national survey. The 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.17 discount and origination  points.

The larger jumbo 30-year fixed inched up to 3.77 percent, while the average 15-year fixed mortgage pulled back to 2.99 percent. Adjustable mortgage rates were also lower, with the 5-year ARM and 7-year ARM each dropping further to 3.11 percent and 3.33 percent,  respectively.

Mortgage rates moved lower for a second consecutive week, a move sustained by a jobs report that fell short of expectations. While the initial estimate of April payrolls growth came in at 160,000, this was shy of the recent trend and the consensus for 200,000 new jobs. This helped bring long-term interest rates down further as it reduces the likelihood of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike in June, and raises concerns about a broader economic slowdown. Any time there are concerns about the economy or the prospect for interest rates remaining lower than expected, investors gravitate toward the safety and security of long-term government bonds that are integral to the pricing of mortgage rates. While some prognosticators have ruled out a June Fed rate hike altogether following the April employment report, the Fed themselves are jawboning the opposite – that a summer rate hike is still possible. The tone of economic data and financial market developments in coming weeks will tell whether the Fed, or the market, is  correct.

At the current average 30-year fixed mortgage rate of 3.75 percent, the monthly payment for a $200,000 loan is  $926.23.


30-year fixed: 3.75% — down from 3.77% last week (avg. points:  0.17)

15-year fixed: 2.99% — down from 3.01% last week (avg. points:  0.14)

5/1 ARM: 3.11% — down from 3.14% last week (avg. points:  0.20)

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

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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. Seventy-three percent of the panelists expect mortgage rates to remain more or less unchanged in the coming week, while 18 percent predict rates will fall.  Just 9 percent forecast mortgage rates will rise in the next seven  days.

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